The Montessori School approach provides a "prepared environment" for children. This means that every object in the classroom is chosen specifically for a specifically aged child.
In the weekly Parent-Infant classes at Hudson Montessori School, Jan. 14 through May 13, 2019, parents will learn how to recognize stages of child development and how to best stimulate growing brains. The class is facilitated by an experienced Montessori teacher who serves as a guide for parents and infants as they explore the environment, offering practical examples of how to follow through with learning experiences at home.
Classes will be Mondays from 8:30 to 10 a.m. throughout that time frame.
Topics include language acquisition and development, development of fine and gross motor skills, brain development, sleeping, nutrition, toilet training, preparing the home and more. Expectant parents, parents and babies alike will benefit from this parent/infant class series designed to follow children’s natural tendency to explore the well-prepared environment around them, and introduce parents to the benefits of observing their babies in an intentional way.
Kelley Virgil will serve as the parent/infant teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in science degree in child development from CSU Fresno and worked on her masters of public health at Washington University, St. Louis. She received her early childhood AMS certification at Missouri Montessori Teacher Education Program in 2011 and Parent/Infant Facilitator Training in Dallas in 2018.
Virgil learned about the Montessori approach to education while working as an AmeriCorps volunteer at City Academy in St. Louis.
"I love Hudson Montessori School because children can be children. They can run, play and get dirty outside," she said. "They are unhurried in their work and their curiosity and creativity are stoked by their teachers."
There are a limited number of openings, so sign up early. Each session is offered with an orientation (adult only) and classes where parents or caregivers are present. Children from newborn to 18 months are invited to join, as well as expectant parents. Fee is $500 per semester. This includes evening adult meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8 p.m.