Illuminated Life Montessori

Play-Based Montessori for ages 0-6 that follows
Magda Gerber’s Educaring™ Approach.

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What Makes Us Different?

What Makes Us Different?

What Makes Us Different?

We believe children have the right to play, dream and be collaborators in their learning.

We treat all children, even the youngest infants, as unique intelligent human beings who are capable of participating in life by initiating activity and receiving and returning our efforts to communicate with them.

While in our care, your child will…

  • be seen, heard and respected
  • co-create their own wonder-based learning experience
  • spend ample time in nature
  • develop life skills such as cleaning up, gardening, hand washing and preparing food
  • eat pure whole-food meals and snacks prepared with love
  • engage their imagination through loose-parts creative play
  • be guided as they explore what they’re most curious about and want to learn and given uninterrupted “work time” for their explorations and discoveries

We do this by following the Magda Gerber’s Educaring™ approach and using a child led developmentally appropriate teaching method called Wonder Based Education™ which was developed by Sally Haughey.

The Magda Gerber’s Educaring™ Approach

If you’re unfamiliar with this approach, we highly recommend reading
Elevating Child Care by Janet Lansbury.

Elevating Child Care

From Dear Parent by Magda Gerber

THE BASIS OF THE EDUCARING®
APPROACH: RESPECT

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We not only respect babies, we demonstrate our respect every time we interact with them. Respecting a child means treating even the youngest infant as a unique human being, not as an object.

OUR GOAL: AN AUTHENTIC CHILD

An authentic child is one who feels secure, autonomous, competent, and connected.

When we help a child to feel secure, feel appreciated, feel that “somebody is deeply, truly interested in me,” by the way we just look, the way we just listen, we influence that child’s whole personality, the way that child sees life.

TRUST IN THE INFANT’S COMPETENCE

We have basic trust in the infant to be an initiator, to be an explorer eager to learn what he is ready for.

Because of this trust, we provide the infant with only enough help necessary to allow the child to enjoy mastery of her own actions.

SENSITIVE OBSERVATION

Our method, guided by respect for the infant’s competence, is observation. We observe carefully to understand the infant’s communications and his needs.

The more we observe, the more we understand and appreciate the enormous amount and speed of learning that happens during the first two or three years of life. We become more humble, we teach less, and we provide an environment for learning instead

CAREGIVING TIMES: INVOLVING THE CHILD

During care activities (diapering, feeding, bathing, dressing, etc.), we encourage even the tiniest infant to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient of the activities. Parents create opportunities for interaction, cooperation, intimacy and mutual enjoyment by being wholeheartedly with the infant during the time they spend together anyway.

“Refueled” by such unhurried, pleasurable caring experiences, infants are ready to explore their environment with only minimal intervention by adults.

A SAFE, CHALLENGING, PREDICTABLE ENVIRONMENT

Our role is to create an environment in which the child can best do all the things that the child would do naturally. The more predictable an environment is, the easier it is for babies to learn.

As infants become more mobile, they need safe, appropriate space in which to move. Their natural, inborn desire to move should not be handicapped by the environment.

TIME FOR UNINTERRUPTED PLAY AND FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

We give the infant plenty of time for uninterrupted play. Instead of trying to teach babies new skills, we appreciate and admire what babies are actually doing.

CONSISTENCY

We establish clearly defined limits and communicate our expectations to develop discipline.

© 1998 by Magda Gerber

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