With three infants per caregiver (the lowest student-to-teacher ratio in Texas), Pebblecreek Montessori provides a Montessori environment for infants aged 8 weeks to 16 months. Through the provision of the appropriate environment and the guidance of trained adults, Montessori provides support to the infant.
Our goal at PCM is to continue the process of building trust with the child when he arrives at PCM. The baby instinctively cries to communicate his needs. By learning about the uniqueness of this individual infant from the parents, we are able to support and build trust with the entire family.
In an Infant Montessori environment, there are no high chairs, swings, or containers for holding an infant. Instead, all the materials are placed on low shelves on the floor. Mats, rugs, low chairs and tables are available. A child is placed in an area that allows him or her to absorb the entire environment, while having freedom to move as he or she wants.
We monitor sleep schedules, feeding schedules, and diaper changes daily from home to school. We strive to communicate with parents every day to ensure the needs of the constantly changing infant are met.
There is a variety of materials ranging in textures, natural colors, and objects throughout our infant environment, which is simple, clean, and beautifully laid out. The room is equipped with furniture sized for infants and early toddlers, diminishing hazards and providing access to a mobile child.
Montessori method supports the child by creating the right environment with trained adults to guide him or her. In addition to the points above, the following ingredients help create this environment:
☑ Exploration guided by a guide
☑ Time spent outdoors every day
☑ Attention to each individual
☑ Classroom with a serene atmosphere
You will find treasure baskets filled with safe and real objects from around the house to explore. The environment is simple, clean, and beautifully designed. The materials vary in texture and many natural colors and objects are available. It is important not to overstimulate the infant. Less is more. Materials are continually rotated as the infant's interests are observed.
Throughout the day, the child must be able to hear and communicate with a loving caregiver. In addition, there are books, objects and pictures to stimulate the child's imagination. There is also plenty of one-on-one interaction between caregivers and infants. Classical music is often played during short periods of time and peaceful music is played during the darkening nap area.
Keeping a consistent schedule and routine is very supportive to the infant. Caregivers strive to do so. For example, changing an infant's diaper in the same order and by the same caregiver is possible. As the caregiver moves through the changing process, he or she explains, encourages participation, and builds a relationship with the infant at each step.
We have a lovely outdoor area for infants and toddlers behind our building. We have a four-seat stroller and wagons for older infants. In order to enjoy the fresh air, trees, grass and smells of nature, we take the infants outside twice a day.