My 116-page PDF ebook Beginning Montessori with Infants and Tots Birth to 24 Months. It has 50 lessons for infants and tots, including un-toys using upcycled and recycled materials and items from around the house. Some of the lesson activities can be handmade or prepared with materials from home, others can be bought at Montessori suppliers.
It also includes my Montessori documents and FAQs for 0 to 24-month-olds, including The Absorbent Mind and Sensitive Periods in a Nutshell; Fine Motor Development (In Infants); How to Modify Toys in the Environment; How to Rotate Activities; and Siblings Working Together.
The lessons for birth- to 9-month-olds can:
• Teach object permanence and self-awareness.
• Aid in early language and auditory development.
• Develop visual focus and hand-eye coordination.
• Coordinate and focus on body movement.
• Offer early sensorial experiences with the tactile focus that develop a sense of touch.
• Enhance curiosity and develop motor and concentration skills.
• Develop the concept of self (apart from mom) and the ability to focus on others through cooperation and taking turns.
• Develop vision and concentration skills.
• Develop social skills and increase and develop vocabulary.
• Encourage exploration using vision and fine motor skills.
• Build fine motor skills, early language, and auditory development.
• Promote independence, enhance curiosity, and develop focus and concentration.
• Develop auditory discrimination
Examples of 0- to 9-month FAQs: I need some advice in arranging the environment for two six-month-old baby girls; My son flips and turns during his diaper changes and fusses when I put clothes on him, any suggestions?; What about a baby who is constantly throwing things on the ground? How can Montessori methods be applied?
The lessons for nine- to 15-month-olds can:
• Reinforce object permanence, a cognitive skill.
• Develop visual perception, focus, and concentration.
• Develop auditory and early language development and fine motor skills.
• Develop fine motor and pre-sorting and pre counting skills.
• Offer experiences in rhythms and songs to develop listening skills.
• Develop hand and eye coordination
• Help social development through cooperation, coordination and balance control.
• Enhance motor and cognitive development, and indirect preparation for putting activities away.
•Develop sense of temperature.
• Practice in listening skills, develop concentration skills.
Examples of 9- to 15-month FAQs: We have a crib mattress, and I am aware of the Montessori Method of putting the mattress on the floor.... I wonder if my child would stay in bed, or if I'd have her playing around in her room until midnight. Should we just move the mattress in and see what happens? Do you recommend having activities out in several rooms (i.e. kitchen, living room, her room)?
The lessons for 15- to 24-month-olds can:
• Aid in early art and practical life skills, fine motor development, and hand-eye coordination.
• Practice of and coordination with fine and large motor movements and balancing.
• Teach object permanence.
• Develop listening skills, beginning rhythm and counting skills.
• Develop Stereognostic sense and develop pre-reading skills.
• Help in the practice of large motor movement, promote focus and concentration, and develop language.
• Develop early sensorial skills and visual discrimination.
• Develop early independence skills and care of self.
Examples of 15- to 24-month FAQs: With meals, when should I start with the whole placemat, plates, and utensils? Do you work on activities one per day repeated over a week, till baby masters it, then you move to the next one? Or do you do more than one per day? Do you recommend having activities out in several rooms (i.e. kitchen, living room, her room)? I do have a question regarding the rugs or mats. I have read about them in certain books and have received catalogs that sell them. Should they be a certain color? How many lessons should I present during a day?
Wow Lisa, what you have created is amazing. Thank you Lisa and let me say how much I admire your knowledge, experience and work you are doing with your son. I just looked into the pages and I am so totally overwhelmed that I am speechless.~Ewelina Sobiecka