Understanding and Supporting your Infant
This course focuses on the child from birth till about 18 months old. It runs for 4 weeks.
Week 1: The Big Picture: Characteristics of the Human
- Montessori’s theory of the differences between humans and animals
- Our human needs and tendencies; and How those relate to the child
- Stages of human development from birth to 24 years old with special focus on the first stage
- Understanding this big picture will allow us to then narrow down and look specifically at the child’s first years
Week 2: Characteristics of the Infant
- The Absorbent Mind
- Sensitive Periods
- We will look at what they are and how to recognize and support these special characteristics of our babies
Week 3: The Prepared Environment and the Child from Non-walking to Walking
- Movement and Coordination (Gross and Fine)
- Physical Care
With a focus on the environment and activities, we will discuss how to support each stage of development for each of these areas, as well as how to lay the foundations for independence and discipline
Week 4: The Adult’s Role and Other Practical Details
- Knowledge, Observation, Removing obstacles and Linking the child to the environment
- We will discuss practical applications of information we have learned about the child and her development.
- Toilet Learning
- Getting Started: Presenting Activities, Choosing Toys, Choosing Books etc.
In this final week, we will discuss how to get started with Montessori, and most importantly, how to trust the process.
There are two option for the course. An individual self-paced course or a group course. The individual course lets you take your time and go at your pace while the group course encourages you to follow the schedule and also has the advantage of going through the course with other participants with whom you can share ideas and thoughts. Access to the course is the same for both options i.e. 3 months.
The next group course will start on January 9th and run for 4 weeks but you can start the self-paced course immediately if you like.. It is a relatively intensive course and will require the dedication of about 3-4 hours per week to get through the material and complete the assignments. On Mondays and Wednesdays, you will receive a link to a lecture, relevant readings and an assignment. The information will be accessed via password-protected website. Over the weekend, I will answer any questions raised during the week as well as feedback on previous assignment. You will have access to a private Facebook group where you can post assignments, questions, pictures etc. and interact with other course participants.
Included in the course is a one on one consultation with me which will be done via Skype or Google Hangout at the end of the course.
What You Will Get from This Course:
This course will provide an opportunity to gain a good understanding of the WHYs that will guide you in implementing Montessori at home. There are many examples of activities and materials on the internet; however, understanding these foundation topics will help you know how to start; why and when to offer activities; and how to problem-solve when something doesn’t seem to be working.
What You Won’t Get from This Course:
This course will not give you a formula on how to get your baby to sleep through the night, or when to completely wean from breast milk. I’ll share Montessori-friendly sleep solutions and ways for introducing solids. I will also share my personal experiences of implementing these with my two children; however, sleep and weaning are so individual and should be completely personal choices that every family has to make for themselves. I will provide a guide map, but you must choose your own route.
This is not a teacher or parent certification course. This is an educational and support course not intended to qualify you for a job, but to equip you with Montessori knowledge and practical applications. I am happy to provide information on training and certification courses.
Why You Should Take This Course with Me:
I am an AMI trained at the Assistant to Infancy (0-3 years old) and have applied the Montessori philosophy with my two children since their births. I am also completing the AMI 3-6 training and have completed the RIE (Resource for Infant Educators) Foundations training. Apart from my qualifications, I am in the trenches with you. I am a mother to a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old, so I’m not far removed from the experience. I have recently been in your shoes, and I know what you are going through. We’ll be taking this journey together. While we will be discussing the theory, it will be offered in a very practical way. I am passionate about children, parenting and Montessori and I think it will come through in the course.
Reviews from Previous Course Participants
Is this e-course for me? – Review from Julia (France)
I’d like to say thank you so much for your very comprehensive yet compact course. It changed my understanding of montessori so much. I will try as best to incorporate the principles in our house. I’m very curious. Will you be conducting a course too for 18-36 month period? I would really really really excited to join 🙂 –Dilla (Indonesia)
I took the Infant course that Junnifa ran and I found it fantastic! It was very detailed and I love how the course had videos for us to watch – in our own time! Junnifa has two young children and it was really helpful to watch her babies grow and learn. Knowing if I was to follow what I was being told my baby would follow suit and it’s happening! The course covers so many things!
Junnifa was always on hand to answer any questions and even held one to one meetings over Skype! I would definitely recommend this course, I enjoyed it so much I am going to take the next course! Throughly recommend and the price unbeatable! –Chantelle (USA)
I am so glad to hear the toddler course will be offered this year, I will absolutely be participating. ☺ I have already put much of what I learned into practice with my new baby. It’s helped so much. Whether it’s just his temperament or because of all my new found knowledge, he is such an easy going, happy baby! Either way, I’m thrilled with how well we’ve all adjusted to baby boy number 3 at home. So thank you very much……the gift of knowledge you gave me is priceless! I actually made a binder with all the course information and divided it into tabs based on baby’s age….it’s a nice guide when I’m trying to remember what to be on the lookout for and what I can provide to help meet his developmental needs. My family laughs at me and say, “He’s only a baby! You just feed him, change him, and rock him to sleep. ” I now know there is sooooo much more to it! 😉 – Crystal (USA)
Please send any questions to Junnifa@gmail.com