Parent Education

“Discover Montessori” on Saturday, August 3rd

As a parent, you are a vital force in ensuring that your child’s innate love of learning is forever kindled.

To support your efforts, we invite you to join us for “Discover Montessori,” an afternoon of workshops led by distinguished educators and child development experts. Along with other current and potential parents, come expecting to hear keen insights into how you can help children grow into confident, independent, caring and self-motivated people.

Current and potential Montessori parents—as well as parents pursuing other educational options for their children—are all welcome!

Parenting Without a Manual

presented by M. Shannon Helfrich, AMI Primary Trainer
Session 1A:  9:00am – 10:30am

This session will help parents of young children understand the driving forces behind child development.  Dr. Montessori identified four major sensitive periods that guide the development of the young child under the age of 6.  We will look at each of these motivators and how they unfold as the child progresses through the process of self-construction.  This exploration of the basic motivations guiding child development will be followed by a discussion of ways to prepare a supportive home environment and ideas for activities that support young children’s self-construction naturally and simply.

The Core of Montessori

presented by Laura Flores Shaw, M.S., Head of School, Oak Knoll Kinderhaus Montessori and Founder, Collaborative Montessori Initiative
Session 1B:  9:00am – 10:30am

Parents frequently ask, “What is Montessori education?”  Responses to this question vary widely but often include language about mixed-age classrooms, hands-on learning, and brain-based curriculum.  while such responses are correct, they do not express the most important benefit – the core – of Montessori education and its contribution to the development of a child’s authentic self-esteem.  The Core of Montessori will demonstrate this benefit in terms that are inspiring and truly relevant to parents.

Montessori: Following the Laws of Nature

presented by Jean Miller, Ph.D., AMI Elementary Trainer
Session 2A:  12:00pm – 1:30pm

This presentation offers an overview of Montessori education and children’s natural motivations to learn, grow and develop.  Participants will learn how Montessori classrooms are prepared to support children physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectually in an integrated manner.  Because children grow and develop at their own pace, Montessori education is designed to fit each individual child, as well as the group.  Within the community of the classroom, developing empathy and social responsibility are equally as important as the intellectual and academic aspects of education.

Living With Young People

presented by Sarah Moudry, M.Ed., Lead Teacher, The Motherhood Center and AMI diploma holder
presented by James Moudry, M.Ed., Founding High School Director, The Post Oak School
Session 2B: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

James and Sarah focus on the natural development of children and the supportive role of the family. The presentation gives a positive view of parents, parenting, and the collaborative partnerships between teachers and parents in service to children and directly related to Montessori schools. Further, the presentation marshals parents in envisioning their role as the nurturers of the next generation of peacemakers and peacekeepers. James and Sarah draw on their experiences as the parents of three children attending Montessori school and as well as Montessori educators and administrators.

Discover Montessori is an initiative of the International Montessori Congress.

Ticket Price is $15 per session.

Register online here or purchase your tickets on-site.

Workshops will take place at the Montessori Institute Northwest, located at 622 SE Grand, Portland.

Download a Flyer here.