A Little About Our Nido Room...
This week with the warm sunny weather, we spent a lot if time at the water tables.
We brought the beach inside this week with our sensory activity. The children enjoyed digging in the sand with seashells.
After our morning naps and snack the children enjoyed some tumble time on our new mats!
Next week we are going to start out mornings with Yoga. Namaste....
We are going to be digging deep for dinosaur bones as our sensory activity
We are going to end the week with our traditional food tasting. What will it be...watermelon, or carrots or a tangy fruit?
Catherine Bucco- Lead Directress
My name is Catherine Bucco and I am the lead teacher in the Nido classroom at Magnolia Montessori. I am very excited to have an opportunity to contribute to your child’s successful early development. I am a mother of two young daughters and care deeply about the importance of child-centered and collaborative infant care. I am a certified teacher in both PA and NJ with a Master’s degree in education and almost twenty years of experience working with young children. I found Montessori through my own children and recognized immediately its profound benefit to both early childhood development and education. I earned my Montessori Infant and Toddler Credential through Princeton Montessori’s Center for Teacher Education. This has given me the opportunity to truly learn from the best and I am thrilled to be able to bring my experience to the blossoming Magnolia Montessori School.
The Nido environment at Magnolia Montessori holds true to the principles of the Montessori Philosophy. This classroom is for the children; they are encouraged to move safely and freely throughout our beautiful, developmentally appropriate space while we observe and support the development of their focus and intrinsic motivation to develop and learn. I feel the infant team at Magnolia Montessori is second to none and our program lays the foundation for a successful introduction to our rich and comprehensive early childhood education. Our community is one of respect and collaboration; our staff share a deeply rooted belief in the importance of what we do and a passion for giving your children the best care we possibly can. Magnolia Montessori school is one of the few schools in the area to provide this exceptional early learning experience and I am proud to be a part of it!
Welcome to the Nido (nest). The nest is a home away from home where children are loved and nurtured by adults who care for them. The Nido Room staff work very hard to implement the Montessori philosophy and thus honoring each child’s individual needs. The Nido is a very special place where children are cared for in an environment that is safe, secure and cozy.
In our 0-18 month environment, teachers use rich, but simple language to describe the environment and the things that interest the child. We use sign language to allow young children to communicate with us, however we always follow the sign with plenty of language.
We focus on two basic needs of the child, the relationship between child and adult, and aiding in the discovery of self while encouraging independence. We develop relationships based on trust by allowing children to eat when they are hungry and sleep where they are tired. We respect the child and allow children to grow at their own pace by not pushing them to meet milestones. Materials are designed carefully to meet the needs of children in the 0-18 month environment such as pull up bars, climbing steps and low shelves to strengthen core gross motor skills. Mirrors are placed at the child’s level for self-discovery along with soft pillows, books, and real-life images to encourage language. We also love to go on nature walks, which allow children to explore the world, animals and trees.
To encourage independence, we carefully prepare the environment to allow the child to be independent. Low shelves allow even the smallest child to reach the material which is designed to meet their developmental needs. We do not use containing devices such as swings, bumbos, boppy’s or high chairs as this inhibits their free movement and discovery of self. Young infants explore through tummy time in front of a mirror, and activities to allow the development of the hand such as mobiles, rattles and sensory activities. Objects that roll just far enough out of reach encourages the desire to roll, and crawl as the natural impulse is to reach after it. When children are steady on their feet they are changed standing up in front of a mirror where they are able to see themselves and the process. Children are encouraged to pull down their pants and assist in holding their shirts during the diaper changing process. By doing this, the children are one step closer to the toilet learning process for when they are ready.
During feeding times, we use child sized tables and chairs. This allows them the accessibility to sit/climb into the chair themselves allowing their feet to be firmly on the ground. Children are not strapped in chairs as we respect their acknowledgement of feeling full. Children eat off of real plates and drink out of open brim cups and they are encouraged to hold a utensil even if they are not able to use it. When children begin to walk we allow them to set the table for their meal. Plates and cups are provided on a low shelf where it is easily accessible to them. Children are allowed to choose when they want to want to eat, how much and how often. After they are finished, they are encouraged to clean up. All of this is in the effort of providing opportunities for children’s confidence to grow. They are so very capable, even at a young age and we provide the means for them to accomplish so much!
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