Capturing Ordinary Days: The Child's Work

Young children are driven by an incredibly strong unconscious internal growth process to seek out experiences that meet their constantly evolving developmental needs. The vital role of the adult is to provide and gently guide the child through a setting filled with enriched language and movement opportunities for the child. Brain development and learning are deeply tied to movement in these early years. Children make the critical acquisition of using their hands to affect their environment and to explore using their mind and body together.The Montessori environment provides Practical Life activities to foster this growth and assist the child in mastering essential movements, further their sense of individual psychological agency and to introduce the elements of daily life in their community.  

Young children are driven by an internal growth process to seek out experiences that meet their constantly evolving developmental needs.This video includes a discussion of the development of the child's will, how learning is deeply tied to movement in these early years and how nature provides a road map for the adult in meeting the constantly changing needs of children.

MY MORNING (20:45) 
Experience the Montessori approach for toddlers by following three individual children through a morning in the infant community.

Shorts: The Child's Work

1. water (7:28)
2. montessori's intuition (6:49)

Delving Deeper into Our Craft: An Introduction to Practical Life


Practical life activities serve as a cornerstone of daily life in Infant Community practice. Heidi Philipart, a seasoned practitioner, gives an introduction to the essential elements involved in a rewarding and rich practical life experience in the classroom.....READ MORE

The Power of the Cotton Mop


Rene Jantzi speaks from her heart and shares with us a glimpse into the simplicity, power and beauty of providing an environment which offers opportunities for children to grow and thrive. In this short essay, she focuses on the cotton mop......READ MORE

The Child's Innate Love for Nature

BY maria teresa vidales

This lecture was first presented at the 2013 International Montessori Congress in Portland, Oregon. The thoughts in this talk, conclusions drawn from the author’s thirty years spent pioneering Assistants to Infancy work around the globe, draw attention to a critical need of today’s child......READ MORE


In Her Words

In 1946, Maria and Mario Montessori, newly returned to Europe from a seven year exile in India during World War II, offered a teacher training course in London.  In Lecture 18 of the collection, The 1946 London Lectures, edited for publication by Dr. Annette Haines, we find an early discussion of an important feature of the young child’s environment: a low bed. These excerpts show Dr. Montessori’s emphasis on consistency of approach even when meeting children’s needs means going against conventional thinking. The logistics of the “low bed” have been ironed out over many years of Assistants to Infancy practice, with an additional emphasis on the infant’s need for appropriate movement .  It remains a centerpiece of the prepared environment for infants and toddlers......READ MORE