Bump to 18 months

Welcome.

We want to tell you about the baby you are going to have.

Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.

Dr. Maria Montessori

She is an extraordinary being!

So sensitive, so intelligent, so finely tuned to the spoken and unspoken messages that surround her.

She, like you, is a person.

Join us, as we talk about this incredible person you are about to meet, and the first few months of her life.

Program

Format

We sit around a kitchen table and make some wonderful Montessori toys for baby that you simply can’t buy anywhere in this country. And while we’re doing that, we talk about some key aspects of child development relevant to the first months of life.

And we’ll end with a beautiful relaxation activity.

Mind, body and soul.

Montessori toys we might make

Mobiles:

  • Black and White Munari
  • Primary Octahedron
  • Gobbi
  • Bell on ribbon
  • Ring on elastic
  • Windchimes with ring

Grasping Toys:

  • Bamboo Rattle
  • Bells on Leather Strap
  • Interlocking discs
  • Grasping beads

Discussion topics

Symbiotic Period

The six week period of puerperium is one of symbiotic life (from Greek “syn” = together and “bios” = life), a period of transition for both the mother and the child, in which they must stay together for physical and psychological reasons. The first 6-8 weeks are a time for mum to recover physically. It is also an incredibly important period of psychological development, when the baby ‘decides’ that life is good after all, and that human relationship is beautiful. 

What your baby can do: Human beings have amazing bodies with which they can do so much. As babies grow, week by week, they are able to do more and more. And at each step there is something we can do to help their efforts.

Preparation of the Home Environment

The discussions include the “ideal environment” for the first two weeks after birth, plus the symbiotic period and the establishment of the preferential relationship, the period of peuperium and the four areas of the home and why we provide them.

Information is also given for environments for babies from 5-12 months and for children from 12-36 months.

It is helpful at this stage for parents to begin to realise how quickly their babies grow and how their environment needs to change to meet the child’s changing needs.

Development of Movement

This discussion includes a more in depth look at the role and preparation of the movement area in the home. Included is a discussion of the movement mat, mobiles and materials, development of the hand, vision and equilibrium. The discussion is informed by the use of the psycho-sensory-motor development album, and the home environment descriptions of the movement area.

Development of Language

Language is one of the most obvious  of the human creations and we discuss this from the point of view of the four necessities for the development of language, ways to support language development, obstacles to development, and its relationship to the development of movement. Possible inclusions: music, dance and sign as method of communication, brain development and the neurological construction that allows for the development of language.

Nursing and Weaning

The discussion includes the benefits of breast feeding, colostrum, the perfect food for the newborn, on demand vs. scheduled feedings, methods of feeding and nutrition. Also discussed the signed of readiness to begin weaning, the sensitive period for weaning, and the psychological changes in the relationship between mother and baby during the weaning process.

Independence as a part of the Personality

The child’s nature is to aim directly and energetically at functional independence. Development takes the form of a drive toward an ever greater independence. It is like an arrow released from the bow, which flies straight, swift and sure. The child’s conquest of independence begins with his first introduction to life. While he is developing, he perfects himself and overcomes every obstacle that he finds in his path. This discussion includes the attitude of the adult and the developmental crises.