Understanding and Supporting your Infant
A course to guide you in supporting your child from birth to 18 months using Montessori Principles
This is a course for parents, grandparents, nannies and other caregivers of children from birth to 18 months old. It introduces you to the theories and core ideas that guide Montessori parenting. You will learn about the characteristics of your infant as well as the stages that they will pass through. With this understanding, you will then learn about how you can support their needs at home by preparing the environment and providing opportunities for exploration and learning,
“Each class was like opening a new world of knowledge, (it) also motivated and inspired us to start from wherever we are/were and start putting things in place. I would say the course left me very enlightened and prepared” – Obiamaka (Nigeria)
- Week 1: Understanding Montessori – Your child’s needs and tendencies
- Week 2: Understanding Montessori – Your child’s absorbent mind and sensitive periods
- Week 3: Applying Montessori – Supporting Movement, Eating, Sleeping and Care
- Week 4: Implementing Montessori – Getting Started
Membership in a Facebook community and a one-on-one virtual consultation at the end of the course are included!
Why You Should Take This Course with Me:
I am in the trenches with you! I am AMI Montessori trained for children 0-3 and 3-6 and have applied the Montessori philosophy with my three children from birth. I currently have a 4-month-old as well a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, so I’m not far removed from the experience. I have recently been in your shoes, and I know what you are going through. Let’s journey together.
What You Will Get from This Course:
This course will guide you in implementing Montessori at home for your baby. From theory to practical applications, I provide you with the foundation to get started, show you why and when to offer activities; and empower you to problem-solve when something doesn’t seem to be working.
What You Won’t Get from This Course:
This course will provide a guide map, but you must choose your own route. I’ll share Montessori-friendly solutions and my personal experiences of implementing these with my three children; however, parenting is individual and should be completely personal choices that every family has to make for themselves.
This is an educational and support course not intended to qualify you for a job, but to equip you with Montessori knowledge and practical applications.
- This is a relatively intensive course and will require the dedication of about 3-4 hours per week to get through the material and complete the assignments.
- On Mondays and Thursdays, you will receive a link to a lecture (audio with some videos plus pdf), relevant readings and an assignment.
- The information will be accessed via password-protected website.
- You will have access to a private Facebook group where you can post assignments, questions, pictures etc. and interact with other course participants.
- On Saturdays, I will have a Facebook Live session to answer any questions raised
Reviews from Previous Course Participants
Is this e-course for me? – Review from Julia (France)
I’d like to say thank you so much for your very comprehensive yet compact course. It changed my understanding of montessori so much. I will try as best to incorporate the principles in our house. I’m very curious. Will you be conducting a course too for 18-36 month period? I would really really really excited to join –Dilla (Indonesia)
I took the Infant course that Junnifa ran and I found it fantastic! It was very detailed and I love how the course had videos for us to watch – in our own time! Junnifa has two young children and it was really helpful to watch her babies grow and learn. Knowing if I was to follow what I was being told my baby would follow suit and it’s happening! The course covers so many things!
Junnifa was always on hand to answer any questions and even held one to one meetings over Skype! I would definitely recommend this course, I enjoyed it so much I am going to take the next course! Throughly recommend and the price unbeatable! –Chantelle (USA)
I am so glad to hear the toddler course will be offered this year, I will absolutely be participating. I have already put much of what I learned into practice with my new baby. It’s helped so much. Whether it’s just his temperament or because of all my new found knowledge, he is such an easy going, happy baby! Either way, I’m thrilled with how well we’ve all adjusted to baby boy number 3 at home. So thank you very much……the gift of knowledge you gave me is priceless! I actually made a binder with all the course information and divided it into tabs based on baby’s age….it’s a nice guide when I’m trying to remember what to be on the lookout for and what I can provide to help meet his developmental needs. My family laughs at me and say, “He’s only a baby! You just feed him, change him, and rock him to sleep. ” I now know there is sooooo much more to it! – Crystal (USA)
The lessons are very interesting so far. I look at my daughter with sort of “scientific eyes” nClaudia (France)ow trying to identify the Tendencies and their expressions on her. – Claudia (France)
Please send any questions to Junnifa@
Hello! My name is Junnifa Uzodike. I am the mother to two children, ages 1 and 3 with whom I have used Montessori principles from birth. I am also an AMI Montessori trained guide for the 0-3 and 3-6 age groups. We are frequent travelers who have mostly lived in Nigeria but also in Italy, the US and the Gambia over the last 3 years. I share our experiences via my blog and also on Instagram.
I look forward to supporting on your Montessori parenting journey.
StartLesson 1: The Human Characteristics and the Infant
StartLesson 2: The Planes of Development
StartLesson 3: Absorbent Mind and Sensitive Periods
StartLesson 4: Readings
StartLesson 5: The Prepared Environment
StartLesson 6A: Ages and Stages of Development - Movement
StartLesson 6B: Ages and Stages of Development - Language
StartLesson 7: The Role of the Adult
StartLesson 8: Toilet Learning and Practical Details