Mountainside’s free Parent-Infant Class is a bi-weekly program designed for parents with infants and toddlers from ages 8 weeks to 3 years. Parents will be given the opportunity to observe, understand, respect, and enjoy the individuality of their own infants and toddlers as well as that of others. In doing so, they will gain some understanding of Montessori practices and early child development. Children will joyfully follow their interests in the Toddler environment with inviting, developmentally appropriate objects to manipulate and other children to watch. In this beautiful and carefully designed space, our youngest children will experience the joys of exploration and discovery, and our parents will enjoy a relaxed environment with opportunities for learning, support, and sharing. The Toddler Guide is there to provide a model for developing a toddler’s independence in an environment designed for that purpose.
The class begins with a brief discussion of the topic of the day. At the end of each class, parents are provided with a provided a paper copy of the topic to take home.