My Montessori Online
Program for Infants & Tots 0 to 24 Months
just bought your homeschooling curriculum for my 21 month old! It's fantastic!
I LOVEEEEE your blog and all of your ideas! You are truly an inspiration!"--Ashley
"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
the price of a toy at Target I have enough activities tokeep my daughter
for a long time and
I feel that I can do a better job of offering a more natural environment
for her to grow in. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"--C. Lisat
parents and educators who are new to Montessori and who do not have Montessori
infant tot albums or training manuals.
Cost for One Year
(One-time payment and covers 12 months of access.)
About my online website
program with access for one year:
Includes 50 Montessori
lesson activities for 0 to 24-month-olds, including un-toys using upcycled
and recycled materials and items from around the house. Most can be hand
made at home. The lessons are easy to download and save to your computer.
Some lessons have one-to-three pictures, a few are text only.
Website access to my
Tot Articles including: The Absorbent Mind & Sensitive Perods in
a Nutshell; Fine Motor Development; How to Place Activities in the Environment;
Language Development 0 to 12 Months; Modifying Toys in the Environment;
Rotating Activities in a Nutshell; Siblings and Lessons in a Nutshell;
and Siblings Working Together.
Resources for infant
sleep; links to infant tot YouTube clips; and links to other Montessori
and related infant tot blogs, websites, and articles.
Interaction with me and other program members
in my private Montessori Facebook group, plus access to my private, invitation-only
The Montessori lesson
activities, articles and faqs that are included in my program are grouped
you so much for the service you provide! My son is 11 months
old and definitely more focused on motor skills and trying to stand right
now.... I really appreciate that you offer answers to everything
the books don't explain."--R. F.
you for the wealth of information you are making available. I received
my AMI diploma for the Primary Classroom from the Washington Montessori
Institute at Loyola College of Maryland in 2007. I am now a stay-at-home
mom. God bless you as you continue to educate the masses and care for your
precious child. What you are doing is invaluable. Thank you!"--Jody Trainor
so much! I'm very pleased with the layout of your [activities] and lessons.
are well suited for someone with Montesori experience and knowledge like
myself, yet just as informative and user-friendly for my husband and baby's
grandparents-to-be to pick up and follow. Well done!!!!"--Renay
lessons and advice have been very helpful, particularly as I'm a payroll
mother and don't have a lot of time with my son: your
service is an excellent way to stay in tune with his development, and with
him, and helps us to grow together. We like Montessori!"--Petit Canard
you so much for the lovely information! My youngest daughter
is having her second child and I wanted to study more about Montessori
and Infants. I am AMS certified for pre-primary (2 1/2 to 6 ) and I teach
on-line Montessori Courses. I will be sure to direct my over 200 students
to you for information on infants!"--Karen Tyler, http://amontessorimarketplace.com,
World Wide Montessori On-Line Center, Montessori Teacher Training Groups
Read heart-felt email
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The Absorbent Mind
& Sensitive Perods in a Nutshell: "In the first six years of a
child’s life her mind is like a sponge, an absorbent mind, taking
in everything in the environment with energy and enthusiasm
exploration, touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing, and the use of
hands-on activities. This absorbent mind creates a natural drive
that supplies the infant..."
Fine Motor Development:"In
Montessori infant development, emphasis is placed on the use of the hands
as an extension of brain development (hand-eye coordination, hand-brain
coordination) beginning in the first few months of life and continuing
on into infancy and well into the toddler and preschool years, as the brain
continues to grow and develop. An infant, when grasping an object for example..."
How to Place Activities
in the Environment: "To place activities for your baby in the environment,
all you need is some floor space in each room, a long side a wall, for
your baby to crawl to (or sit them next to) and to choose from. (A small
light shelf might not be practical at this time as babies will start to
pull up to kneeling/standing and will pull the shelf down upon them.) Each
activity should be..."
0 to 12 Months: "Abstract thought is developed with the help of hand-eye-brain
coordination, interaction with the environment, and the baby's first language
experiences. Exposure to language early on in a child's development is
vital: through gestures, body language, facial expressions, and the sound
of the human voice. In the first few months the baby will..."
Modifying Toys in
the Environment: "You can modify many of the toys in your baby’s environment.
For example, if you have a shape sorter, take the top off and use it as
a box to hold the shapes. At first, your baby will..."
in a Nutshell: "Your baby will soon get bored with the same objects,
so starting at age 12 months you will want to rotate the objects and toys
in the environment. (This is contrary to the 2 1/2 to 6 environment where
activities stay in the environment and are repeated!) To do this..."
Siblings and Lessons
in a Nutshell: "You can give your older child a lesson in the morning,
while your younger child.."
Together: "Children, especially siblings, are very social! When we
had siblings at school, they always played together, at least when first
arriving at school. This will most likely be the choice of siblings, to
play and work together: it is a natural urge, and they are close enough
in age that they can play together. In a Montessori home environment, if
you have multi-age siblings from birth to three, you need to..."
Lesson Activities, FAQs & Articles Included for 0 to 9-Month-Olds
Infant Visual Interactions:
stimulate your baby to look at, focus, and concentrate her vision
on objects, drawings, and pictures; teach object permanence and self awareness.
Songs and Nursery
Rhymes: language and auditory development.
visual focus on various shapes and colors.
visually on shapes and colors to develop hand-eye coordination.
coordination, focus on body movement.
tactile focus on objects and human faces to develop sense of touch, and
experience of different textures.
Single Object Cognition:
introduces color and shape awareness, enhances curiosity, and develops
motor and concentration skills.
Infant Social Interactions:
develope concept of self (apart from mom) and ability to focus on others
through cooperation and taking turns.
of Single Objects: teach new words andhelp develop vision and
Parts of the Face
develop social skills, sense of self (apart from mom), and awareness of
the body; increase and develop vocabulary.
Fun With Fabrics:
encourage exploration using vision and fine motor skills, develop sense
Reading to Infants:
identify a familiar object in a book; visual, fine motor, and language
build fine motor skills, early language and auditory development.
develop object permanence.
The Treasure Basket:
promote independence, enhance curiosity, and develop focus and concentration.
Pot & Utensils:
develop auditory discrimination and fine motor movement (hand and
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...
What about a baby
who is constantly throwing things on the ground? How can Montessori methods
Time Line of Development
for 0 to 6-Month-Olds: 1 Week: Hands can make a fist; flings arms and
legs; wiggles, kicks, and twitches; moves head from side to side; lies
on tummy like a frog (arms and legs tucked in); no head-neck control when
held or picked up; sees light and dark images eight inches from eyes; becomes
quiet when held, “swaddled” in a blanket, or allowed to suck on your finger
or a pacifier; exhibits “rooting” behavior (search sucking with mouth for
breast); will feed 7-8 times in 24 hours; will take 5-6 naps and sleep
18-20 hours a day. 1-3 Weeks: Infant will...
Highlights and Considerations
for the Infant of 3-6 Months: By six months of age, your baby may be
showing a preference for a certain object, like a favorite blanket, stuffed
animal, doll, or (in one mom's case) a rattle sock with a stuffed bug at
the end. This object will become known as your baby's security object (or
lovey). At the age of three, four, and five months you can...
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very useful and enjoyable! And I would like to continue!"--Theresa
"Hi, just a quick thank
you for all the info you are sending my way. I am so glad that I ordered
this. Keep up the good work!!!!!"--Lore:))))
"I sincerely appreciate
your lessons, they have been easy to adapt for [my child's] age and so
informative. You've done a great job putting these lessons together.
Lesson Activities, FAQs & Articles Included for 9 to 15-Month-Olds
Articles & Faqs:
Hide an Object:
reinforces object permanence, a cognitive skill.
develops visual perception, focus, and concentration.
Working on a Bench
at a Table: indirect preparation for Montessori lessons and activities.
auditory and early language development and fine motor skills.
Placing Spoons in
a Bowl: develops fine motor and future sorting and counting skills.
rhythms in songs, develops listening skills.
Food Textures: develops hand and eye coordination and visual perception.
Scarf Game: social
development through cooperation (playing a game), coordination and balance
Language With Feeding
Objects: motor and cognitive development, indirect preparation for
putting activities away.
Warm and Cold:
language expansion, experience and develop sense of temperature.
A Language Game With
Object Descriptions: practice listening skills, develop concentration
Putting In and Taking
Out: teaches sorting skills; coordination of hands and eyes (hand-eye
Putting In and Taking
Make Your Own Shape
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
The 12 to 15-Month-Old:
"Your 12 to 15-month-old will spend 80% of his time interacting with his
physical environment. He wants to listen to, look into, and manipulate
everything. He will..."
Tips for 9 to 12-Month-Olds
"I'm telling all my girlfriends
about your fabulous service and site! Worth every penny!"--Heidi Aspen
"I just wanted to tell
you how much I love your ideas! I'm a Montessori teacher myself, but
right now I'm a stay-at-home mom. Even if I guess I could have figured
some of it out, it is so nice to have a list of lessons to implement. Again,
"Your information has
been extremely helpful over these past few weeks. They have been right
on target developmentally for my son... I had to work when my first son
went through all these milestones and this information is allowing me to
enjoy these moments even more with my younger son now that I am able to
be at home with the both of them...."--Renee
Lesson Activities, FAQs & Articles Included for 15 to 24-Month-Olds
Fun Paper: teaches
art and practical life skills, fine motor development, hand-eye coordination.
preparation for nesting and block play, coordinating fine and large motor
Objects In Lidded
Container and Make Your Own: early practical life skills, teaches object
permanence, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor development.
Pulling Objects From
Lidded Containers: early practical life skills, teaches object permanence,
hand-eye coordination, and fine motor development (pulling).
listening skills, beginning rhythm and counting skills.
develop stereognostic sense,line up objects from left to right, (pre-reading
The Nature Basket
practice large and fine motor movement (walking, bending, grasping, holding…),
promote focus and concentration, and develop language.
sensorial activity for fine motor development and visual discrimination.
Open & Close
Boxes and Lids: a practical life activity for fine motor movement development.
practical life experience using sponge, water, and squeezing with hands,
visual and fine motor development.
Water Pouring: early
practical life experience with water, develops hand-eye coordination.
Wipe Your Nose:
motor development and independence, care of self.
With meals, when
should I start with the whole place mat, 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
I do have a question
regarding the rugs or mats. I have read about them in certain books and
have received catalogues that sell them. Should they be a certain colour?
How many lessons
should I present during a day? And many, many more!
Your 15 to 18-Month-Old
in a Nutshell: The 15 to 18-month-old continues to be sensorial in his
learning, through the use of his hands and mouth, examining things and
their different qualities. He will also...
Outline of Your Tot
18 to 24 Months Old: Active and inquisitive. Communication and fine motor
don't mean to be overly dramatic but I'm ecstatic about these lessons!...
never dreamed of extending the Montessori approach into our own Outdoor
Classroom or a Montessori Home Environment, I just didn't know what great
things you can do with infants and young toddlers! I'm just gaga
over Montessori!!! And your lessons!!! It's also so nice to
be able to talk to [correspond by e-mail with] someone else who loves it---My
husband shares my strong belief in the philosophy, but he can only take
so much!!! I could probably talk about it all day long!!! :0)"--Kristin
"Oh, these are wonderful!
This is stuff that she likes to do. I have to laugh at wiping
your nose though. I tried to teach her to
blow her nose and
now it is a game for her! I am glad you [offer] the lessons because I had
no idea where to start. Thank you!"--Lissa
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