We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Simone Davies and Junnifa Uzodike, co-authors of the new book, The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding. Ms. Davies and Ms. Uzodike will be interviewed by Robyn McCloud-Springer, head of school at Chiaravalle Montessori in Evanston, IL. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!
Please note the earlier-than-typical start time for this FAN event.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.
About the Book: Dr. Maria Montessori observed that all children have “an absorbent mind,” taking in and processing everything around them--and that it is the role of parent to mindfully assist in their learning and development. This also holds true for babies. Natural learners from birth, they observe everything, communicating with gurgles and different cries. How can a parent encourage and support that curiosity in their newborn? Drawing on the child-led principles of the Montessori educational method, The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding guides parents as they learn to nurture their babies from dependent to collaborative beings--and by the end of the first year into an increasing independent curious child ready to explore the world--all while helping new parents find the support and calm they crave.
Co-authored by Simone Davies, a specially certified Montessori educator and author of best-selling parenting book The Montessori Toddler, and Junnifa Uzodike, a Montessori educator who runs her own Montessori school in Nigeria, the book provides families with the tools needed to understand their baby’s unique needs, what they want to learn, and how they can support them in a more mindful, calm way.
About the Authors: Simone Davies is the directress of Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam and author of the 2019 book The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being, a comprehensive guide to raising toddlers in a Montessori way. The book is based on her nearly 15+ years of experience working with toddlers as an AMI Montessori teacher in Sydney and in Amsterdam. She also has a popular blog and podcast, “The Montessori Notebook.” Her latest book, co-authored with Junnifa Uzodike, is 2021's The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby With Love, Respect And Understanding, a guide for parents as they learn to nurture their babies from dependent to collaborative beings.
Junnifa Uzodike is the founder and head of school at Fruitful Orchard Montessori in Abuja, Nigeria. She is an AMI-trained Montessori guide for the 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 levels. Since discovering Montessori in 2011, Ms. Uzodike has continued to build her knowledge and experience in child development using Montessori principles. She has three children whom she has raised using Montessori principles from birth. Ms. Uzodike’s Montessori work includes guiding children at Fruitful Orchard, mentoring teachers, and, closest to her heart, supporting parents in implementing Montessori from birth. She inspires parents around the world to bring Montessori into their lives by sharing her Montessori journey and offering courses and other resources via her website and Instagram page. Ms. Uzodike is the co-author, with Simone Davies, of the new book The Montessori Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect and Understanding.
About the Interviewer: Robyn McCloud-Springer is Head of School at Chiaravalle Montessori, an independent Montessori school for children from the age of 18 months through 8th grade located in Evanston, IL. Ms. McCloud has been Head since 2013, and since 1997 has held roles as Assistant Head, Program Director, and Teacher. Ms. McCloud-Springer is currently a student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, working toward an Ed.D. in Global Studies in Education. She was a 2019 Klingenstein Fellow at the Columbia University Head of School Program, has certification in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and earned a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University.
It’s time to change the way we see babies.
Drawing on principles developed by the educator Dr Maria Montessori, The Montessori Baby shows how to raise your baby from birth to age one with love, respect, insight, and a surprising sense of calm.