Infant Community / Nido

Baby’s Breath Nido and Infant Community Environments

“Infancy is a period of true importance because when we want to infuse new ideas, to modify or better the customs or habits of a people, to breathe new vigor into its national traits, we must use the child as our vehicle….Out of this truth comes the importance of nursery schools, for it is the little ones who are building mankind and they can work only on the materials we give them.” — Maria Montessori


Program Overview


The Nido (Infant)/Infant Community (Toddler) program accommodates the young children from around six weeks to walking to 24 months. Children use a variety of materials specially designed for the Montessori classroom to assist in the important work of developing language, fine motor and gross motor skills. A strong teacher-parent relationship is essential to the success of the Nido/Infant Community program. Daily informal communication, formal conferences and parent education are part of our ongoing commitment to enhance these relationships. The first three years of life are full of exuberant growth. Movement, language and personal independence mature more rapidly now than at any other time.

Nido


The word 'Nido' is derived from the Italian word meaning 'nest' and it conveys the spirit of the infant environment. The Nido community is the bridge between the home and school. We offer various sensorial experiences and developmental aides specificly for each individual childs stage of development. At this time we also introduces the weaning process.  Weaning is the transition off of the bottle and onto drinking out of a small cup, as well as independence through self feeding. We start this process around 8 months all in preparation for the child to transition into the Infant Community. This  is a very important part of every child's life and for each child, it should happen at a time and pace that is tailored specifically to their individual needs.

 

Infant Community

The toddlers work extensively on social skills. Thematerials aregraded by difficulty and adapt to the maturity of individual students. These tools bring about knowledge based on experience. Depending of his domain of skills and work as a result of strong observation by teachers make the transition from Nido to Infant Community Room. In this setting, the children come to feel the classroom is their own peaceful, special space where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their environment. The classroom is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence for the children and the toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the child. Areas of learning include large muscle movement and fine motor exercises for hand eye coordination.

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Practical life in infant community

Our Guides

Baby Sign Language

Baby Yoga

Daily Schedules

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