Maple Lawn Montessori infant program recognizes that the infant is a capable and active learner. The infant does not need to be “taught” lessons or content. The infant is respected as an already very competent learner, and is allowed, and encouraged, to explore, play, discover and practice in ways, and on a schedule, that best fits his or her emerging abilities, interests and skills.
Infant programs are organized to ensure that environments, experiences, activities and routines have relationship building as the starting point. The caregiving teacher is the most important part of the learning environment for the infant.
Maple Lawn places the infant at the center of the curriculum. The design and development of curriculums are based upon knowledge of the sequence and milestones of infant development combined with an understanding of the present needs and interests of the individual infants.
We design learning environments that keep the infant safe while allowing for exploration and discovery. Spaces and places have developmentally appropriate toys and furnishings that will accommodate the needs of crawlers, walkers and almost-walkers.