The Montessori Method of Education was developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori in 1906 with her first school, the Casa dei Bambini in Rome. The child-centered approach views the child as inherently eager for knowledge and capable of learning in a supportive environment. Montessori teachings work with natural materials, often wood, over synthetic, and keep them within reach of the child and at an appropriate size for children.
Nido partners with AMI-certified Montessori primary educator Cheryl Chretien, whose years of experience guiding children in the classroom inform Nido selections.
I am an AMI-certified Montessori Primary teacher at Marin Montessori and have spent the last ten years guiding children in the classroom. With a background in child development, I enjoy guiding and supporting individuality while nurturing self-discovery in children. Bringing Montessori into the home at the start of life is a wonderful way to foster babies' independence. I have loved watching my own daughters explore and work with the manipulatives that Nido has to offer.
All Nido collections are made with wood, cotton, or other organic materials and natural finishes from eco- certified wood dyes and paints to beeswax and natural oils. Items are produced in such a way that cares for and supports the earth and its workers. Handmade, natural, sustainable, made to last and hand down.