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To participate, use code YUM at checkout. This promotion will continue while supplies last or the offer expires November 25, 2018 (11:59 PM Pacific). For first time customers only. Your Dining Set will ship with your purchase. The (online video) curriculum will be emailed once your order is confirmed. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale. We reserve the right to modify or replace any part of these terms and conditions without notice.
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The toys in Level 1 are designed to build and grow your student’s attention span, right from birth. You will be amazed as the baby focuses on the mobiles for long periods of time. These toys help to optimize cognitive and motor development by providing just enough challenge without being over stimulating. The Level 1 curriculum will teach you how to promote the baby’s language, motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. You will learn to set up a Montessori play area for your student that will best support development. Through simple videos and articles, we will guide you through using the toys and laying a strong foundation for learning.
In Level 1, your student will:
85% of the brain is formed by age three
The core structure of the brain is formed in the first three years. By age three, the brain has established a pattern of processing information that will be used throughout life.1 As such, your child’s early experiences affect the quality of his brain architecture, forming the foundation upon which future development rests. Early experiences also have a greater impact on the developing brain because new experiences are stored in relation to previous ones. Because the architecture of the brain is formed between birth and three, your child’s early experiences are ingrained at a deeper level and have lasting effects.
Babies are capable of extended periods of concentration, if given developmentally appropriate toys and allowed uninterrupted time to explore. Concentration is a prerequisite for all future learning. Our job as adults is to foster concentration as a skill that can be developed. Intense, immersive concentration is known as “flow,” a state when people perform at their best, show the highest levels of creativity, and derive the most joy from their work.1 Steven Kotler, Director for the Flow Genome Project, explains that Montessori settings are among the highest flow environments that researchers have found.1 Triggers of flow such as a rich environment, physical plus cognitive engagement, self-direction and appropriate challenge are hallmarks of Montessori.
Children learn most when presented with just the right amount of challenge, not so easy that they are bored and not so difficult that they are frustrated. The Montessori curriculum is thoughtfully designed and timed so that children are repeatedly entering this ideal zone for learning. Montessori maps a child’s development so that with each toy, the child goes through the experience of struggling with a new skill, practicing and then mastering it. Mastering challenging activities helps children to develop healthy self-esteem and a growth mindset, the understanding that they can improve their skills and increase their intelligence. Children with a growth mindset persevere longer on challenging tasks, a habit that leads to greater success in school, career and relationships.1
If given the right tools, a baby is capable of so much, whether it be feeding himself or choosing and mastering a challenging toy. Montessori fosters independence and self-direction through the thoughtful design of each toy, through the layout of the play space, and through the way the adult interacts with the child. Enabling a child to act independently helps him to grow in self-confidence and to build up his internal locus of control, the sense that he is capable and powerful.1 Studies show that when children have more control over their learning, they work harder, perform better, retain more information, and are more creative and joyful.
In his book, Creating Innovators, Harvard researcher Tony Wagner describes Montessori education as a pathway to creativity, noting that some of the greatest innovators of today, like the founders of Google, Amazon and Wikipedia, attended Montessori preschool. Researchers have compared children across educational programs and found that those in Montessori programs scored higher on levels of creativity.1,2,3 Creativity is not a fixed trait but rather, a skill that can be cultivated in the earliest years. Research has shown that a child’s environment impacts the development of creativity.4 Montessori environments feature the elements that foster creativity including thoughtful design of the child’s area, a rich selection of appropriate materials, child-directed learning and a playful approach to education.
Montessori is described as “embodied education” because it prescribes learning through doing, involving as many senses as possible to fully capture a child’s attention and to promote the synthesis of information at every level. Children learn best when they move. While we often consider them as separate, motor development and cognitive development are “fundamentally intertwined,” tapping into similar areas of the brain.1 Numerous research studies show that when educational activities incorporate movement, learners gain a better understanding of content and remember that content more accurately.2 Every Montessori lesson involves both mind and body; even vocabulary is learned through incorporating new words in movement games.
The Montessori curriculum is the result of Dr. Maria Montessori’s groundbreaking research on how children learn through play.1 Each toy in the curriculum was refined through research to meet the child’s evolving intellectual needs, feeding his curiosity and creating the conditions for engaging play and deep learning. Today, countless researchers tout the benefits of guided play for young children, including advances in language development, executive function and brain growth itself.2 Studies have shown that babies at play act as researchers, exploring, experimenting and imagining new possibilities.3 Our job is not to fill children with information but rather, to provide a rich environment and support their natural drive to learn through play.