Presenting the NEW 'Assistants to Infancy' Section (0-3 years):

It’s with great excitement that I announce the new 'Assistants to Infancy' section on MontessoriGuide.org!   

A good deal of work and dedication has gone into preparing each clip and article to inform viewers; to help deepen the practice of adults working in these environments; and to help educate visitors about the nature of the developing child.  

As with the primary and elementary sections, the pages of the Assistants to Infancy section are replete with remarkable images of the child at work, and capture the relationship of the trained adult and child in harmony together in the prepared environment.  It is also supplemented with detailed articles and extraordinary interviews of the AMI Teacher Trainers, sharing their wisdom and knowledge of the child’s mental and physical growth from birth to three years of age.

The launch of this new addition to the site now provides the viewer with a complete picture of the child through the first three planes of development, from birth through twelve years of age, thus helping enrich the understanding of all adults working with children at any age.  It creates a visual bridge of the changing needs and abilities, and most critically, beautifully dispels common misunderstandings about the immense capabilities of human beings from the moment they come into this world.

Let us know what you think. Please share your feedback with us at montessori@amiusa.org about the new “Assistants to Infancy” section and how we can continue to support your professional growth.

Bonnie Beste                    
Executive Director, AMI/USA


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ABOUT THE PROJECT…

Montessori practicum is rarely included in the many professional development tools for teachers that have cropped up on the Internet in recent years. We have decided to help fill that gap. 

MontessoriGuide.org is an online resource tool for Montessori practitioners to demonstrate what quality Montessori looks like and needs to take into consideration in order to be implemented.   

Montessori theory is straightforward, deeply tied to neuroscience and the natural developmental path of the child. Montessori practice, on the other hand, can be complex. What is crystal clear however is that if the mission is to capture authentic Montessori practice on film for professional development purposes, the focus must be on showing the work of children in their classroom environments.

We decided to seek the child who emerges under the conditions described by Dr. Montessori in her writings in order to illustrate the concepts to be explored. Our creative team traveled coast-to-coast, capturing ordinary days in Montessori environments on video in an attempt to show a diversity of real classrooms with real situations. Filming took place in urban areas, rural areas, and suburban areas; in the public and private sectors; in corporate child care sites and home-based care settings. Slowly, through this process, as the video illustrations of the pedagogical topics were crafted, that universal child emerged. 

We hope Montessori Guide will inspire. We are following a new level of inquiry into that vital intersection of theory and practice. Join us as MontessoriGuide.org begins delving deeper into our craft!