Nienhuis Montessori Infant & Toddler
The Nienhuis Montessori Infant & Toddler materials may look simple, but they are precisely designed, based on years of observation, experiment and study. This unique line of materials is the result of extensive research and consulting with experts in the infant and toddler field and is an important extension to the spectrum of Montessori materials.
Each new human being, from conception to maturity, forms himself or herself, taking from the environment (the womb, the home, the community) the materials for self-construction. In the first two months of life, the infant, having moved from the comfort of the womb, learns to trust the new outside world. During the rest of the first year of life, infants learn to trust in themselves: ‘I can do; I am able.’ In the next two years, they confirm that they are able to act in the world: ‘I am worthwhile; I can contribute.’ The overall goal of learning during the first three years of a child’s life is one that overshadows the particular goals of ‘curriculum areas’, and establishes a profound self-esteem and a healthy, happy, strong self-image.
The Nienhuis Montessori infant and toddler materials lay the foundation of important life skills such as intense concentration and a surprising attention span, exactness and precise movement, a sense of order, maximum effort even by very little ones, self discipline and respect for others as well as peacefulness and kindness. They are carefully designed materials to meet the child’s natural interest and instil an obvious joy in ‘work’.