Our hope is to become a leader and a lighthouse
in this important work of intergenerational education,
Montessori for all ages,
emphasizing brain-health and wellness benefits.
As one of the first of its kind, Nonna's hopes to be a leader through with four distinct features:
1) Daily Intergenerational Interaction - while there are few communities where daily interaction between our elder and our children is the norm studies show, this is beneficial for everyone involved.
2) Authentic Christian Montessori - many Montessori options exists but few faith-based settings where Christ in the center of all and faith is fostered.
3) Quality Nido (Infant) care - allowing infants to move in a restraint-free environment with carefully prepared napping, playing and eating areas showcase our unique environment
4) Stimulating Day Community for Elders - while there are many live-in care facilities, there are few day programs that make intentional efforts to maintain or improve brain-health and overall wellness. Our hope is that Nonna's will be a special place for elders to spend the day, while keeping resident in their own homes.
Our hopes for our children is that they will not only be prepared for school but for life. Montessori education is a wonderful way to raise up leaders and learners who are curious and engaged in the world around them as respectful, resourceful and responsible contributors.
Our hopes for our our elders lies in our research, that indicates attention to a non-toxic environment in both external and internal input (like lighting and food); plenty of movement and outdoor experiences; and purposeful work with the hands will lead to sustained brain health; and intergenerational interactions are joyful and life-giving improving mobility, mood and memory.
We also desire to work with family members of those who live with dementia offering hope that dementia is not inevitable - but rather, through education, early intervention and screening, the brain can be maintained and strengthened. Our non-pharmaceutical approach will be a blessing to extended family members as well as those joining us at Nonna's.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save...He will quiet you with his love...Zephaniah 3:17