Play is a universal need – even for adults. While many of us know how important it is for our children to play, we may forget to make time for play in our own lives. As Brian Sutton-Smith said, “The opposite of play is not work, it is depression.”
Becoming a parent comes with a lifelong set of challenges – breast or bottle, cloth or disposable, organic or local - the decisions are endless and can get a bit overwhelming, but the choice for your child’s education doesn’t have to be difficult.
The first priority for any parent when setting up their child’s environment is safety. This ties into the Montessori Method, which recommends setting up an environment for your child that is completely safe or “child-proofed” so that they can explore freely within it and don’t require constant adult intervention that might interrupt their concentration. All Monti Kids materials meet or exceed US safety standards (ASTM & CPSC) for babies 0-3 years old. But for the other toys in your life, use this checklist to make sure they are safe for your little one.
If you’ve looked into early childhood education, chances are you’ve come across Montessori. But did you know it can also be a great learning tool for babies as young as newborns? While most people of think of it for preschool-age children and older, the Montessori practices and ideas can be really useful for babies’ development, as well. Here’s a primer on how and why babies and Montessori can be great together.