Seeds & Seeds2: Infant/Toddler Programs

Sample Daily Schedule

6:00 - 8:30
Arrival/enrichment program
Diaper change/breakfast/snacks
8:30 - 10:30
Montessori introduction/observation
Diaper check
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Music/art/diaper change
11:00 - 11:30
Outdoor playtime
11:30 - 12:15
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 2:00
Nap/diaper check
2:00 - 2:15
2:15 - 3:00
Montessori work/art projects/diaper check
3:00 - 3:15
3:15 - 4:00
Enrichment stories/diaper check
4:00 - 4:30
4:30 - 5:45
Enrichment tactile/diaper check
5:45 - 6:00

  • Ages
    • Seeds: 6 weeks to 12 months (and walking)
    • Seeds2: 12 months (and walking) to 24 months
  • Children per class
    • Seeds: Generally 5-7 (8 maximum)
    • Seeds2: Generally 8-10 (12 maximum)
    • “The greatest of the human personality begins at the hour of birth, so education must start from birth”
      – Maria Montessori

      BMS Seeds & Seeds2 Overview & Mission

      “Seeds” & “Seeds2”, our infant and infant/toddler programs respectively, are committed to promoting quality Montessori infant/toddler care for children from six weeks to 24 months, based on American Montessori Society principles. The aim of Seeds and Seeds2 at BMS is to accomplish the following: 

      • Foster the development of basic trust
      • Assist in the natural development of personality, based on unique needs and wants 
      • Respond appropriately to the infant's needs to be loved, respected, and accepted
      • Nurture infants through their senses, allowing infants to observe and move freely
      • Offer holding and feeding comfort to the Seeds
      • Maintain a routine that will be both flexible to an infants’ daily needs, yet predictable so that the infant feels secure in her environment
      • Establish a partnership with the family. The family is considers an integral part of the individual's total development
      • Develop a stronger sense of self, self-confidence and independence
      BMS Infant Specialist Teaching Tools and Concepts

      The BMS teacher in the infant setting will incorporate the following tools:

      • Knowledge of Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate for infants
      • Knowledge of early childhood development
      • Observational skills to assist the development of each child
      • Responsive environments to meet the infant's developmental needs
      • Daily routines and incorporating them into the infant's curriculum
      • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
      • Respect for the infant as an individual human being
      • Respect for the environment as a resource for the infant's development
      • Responsibility to assist and protect the infant's development

      In addition, the BMS Infant Specialists will incorporate the following teaching concepts:

      Exposure to Montessori sensorial and language materials to build a foundation for confidence and independence, which will be expanded upon in the 2-3 year Seedlings program.

      Some examples include the following:

      Practical life: Includes helping infants learn to drink from a bottle, and then a cup and then to eat unassisted

      Sensorial: Allows an infant to learn about the world through their senses. response activities and touching and grasping various objects

      Language: Language activities and materials to encourage using words, increase vocabulary and conversational skills

      Art and Music: Through song and dance, infants have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl, or skip

      BMS Seeds & Seeds2 Classroom Environment 

      The BMS Seeds and Seeds2 environment will include the following:

      • Staff educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate for infants
      • Montessori materials and equipment for infants to explore and experience and that are designed to meet the developmental stages and sensitive periods of infants
      • Classroom that conforms to the physical needs of the children:
      • e.g. lots of natural light and child sized tables, chairs and other furnishings
      • Allowance for freedom of movement, which is essential to the development of the infant's potential
      • Characteristics of order, simplicity and beauty which meet the needs of the child and inspires curiosity
      • Flexible sequence of routines and activities that reinforce the rhythmic patterns and activities of individual infants - not a rigid schedule- which is designed to promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination, which will help the child gain independence and self esteem as well as cognitive preparation for their academic future 
      • Specific activities are designed to allow the child to develop fine motor (pre-writing) skills, increase the child's vocabulary, develop coordination and strength
      • Free explorations of the classroom to encourage curiosity and gross motor skills
      • Developmental groupings based on developmental stages: babies, crawlers and walkers (climbers), to allow for individualized growth