Welcome to our Parent-Infant Community!
The Parent-Infant Community is currently on hiatus. Please check back soon!
Cathedral Hill Montessori School offers an ongoing Parent-Infant program which is held each season for 7-week sessions. The Parent-Infant Community’s current series, Birth to Crawling, is open to infants between 6 weeks and 14 months (non-walking) and their parents or caregivers. Our class series meets on weekends.
“Education begins at birth” -Dr. Maria Montessori
The Parent-Infant Community class is set in a Nido, (“nest” in italian) – a special environment just for infants and their parents. All of the furniture and materials in the Nido are carefully chosen and designed to aid in the development of the child’s movement, coordination, language and cognitive skills. Infants are given the opportunity to exercise their independence by exploring this environment and all it has to offer. Parents observe, support, and encourage the natural development of their child, while sharing and growing in their role as their child’s first teacher!
These classes are led by an experienced, Montessori-trained teacher who serves as a guide and model for parents and infants while offering practical examples of how to apply Montessori principles in the home. The class also serves as a forum for parents to share and exchange information with each other. Through discussion and observation with the Guide and one another, parents and caregivers gain valuable insight regarding their child’s path of development. Each session features an overview and discussion of a topic pertaining to infant development and whole child parenting. Topics may include:
- Setting up the optimal home environment
- Language development
- Development of movement – fine and gross motor skills
- Diapering / Toileting
- Montessori philosophy
- Personality development
- Mobiles, Music, Toys, and Play
- Nursing, Nutrition, and Weaning
- Sensitive periods
- Encouraging independence
Each class group is limited to 6 parent/infant couples, so please register early! Please call ahead for availability, 651-222-1555. To complete the registration for our Parent Infant Community classes, mail or deliver the registration form with a check payable to Cathedral Hill Montessori School before the first class of the session. The cost is $145 per 7-week session.
We look forward to an upcoming session with your family!