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Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

In this session Kristi Antczak will share ways to understand and observe the underlying factors that motivate toddlers to do what they do. She will focus on the Sensitive Period for Toddlers (18 months-3 years old). This knowledge will assist parents at home in creating activities for their children or in simply recognizing the reasons […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Transitioning to Secondary

Kristi Antczak and Lorna McGrath each have two children who have moved to Secondary programs. In this session they will each talk to you about their experiences with this important transition for their children. They will give you tips for smooth transitions, pitfalls that may happen, and choices to be made. You’ll want to attend […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Work or Play? What’s the Difference?

Many of us get confused about how young children develop the skills that they need to become self-directed, problem solvers, focused and able to follow through, confident, and creative. We look at what they become really engaged in and wonder, “why?” or we get so wrapped up in our important adult “busyness” that we don’t […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Do’s and Don’ts to Get Your Adolescent Talking

“I haven’t talked to my mom, I mean really talked, in six months,” a twelve year-old confided in me. “Oh, why is that,” I asked gingerly. “My mom laughed at me when I told her I had a boyfriend.” Sometimes we forget how sensitive children at this stage of development can be. Yet now, more […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Montessori Re-Enrollment

Christine Lowry shares some of the most up-to-date research on educational settings and their effect on student success. The research includes flexible classroom arrangement, multi-age classes, personalized learning, project-based learning, social-emotional learning, multiple years with the same teacher, and assessments in a variety of formats. See how the Montessori approach stacks up according to research […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Here’s to a Peaceful Winter Break!

Wondering what kinds of activities to do with your children during the school break? This session is loaded with good ideas for families whether during the day, in the evenings, or on the weekends. Join Christine Lowry as she shares her experience and suggestions for creating a peaceful school break.

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Grandparenting in the Elementary Years: Planting Seeds for Learning

In this session, Margot Garfield-Anderson, grandparent extraordinaire, shares ways that she has been able to plant seeds of learning through projects and everyday activities. Also, she describes how easy and important it is to help in your grandchild’s classroom if you wish to. There are some really terrific ideas in this session!

Hard Conversations with Your Children Part 1

From helping your child understand bedtime, to the importance of family chores, to those “big” questions about the world or current events, having a Hard Conversation with your son or daughter can be really challenging for all of us. Having some knowledge of developmental stages, some clues for understanding what your child really needs to […]

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Webcast: A Montessori-Based Multi-Tiered System of Support: for Challenging Behaviors and Learning – Part 3 of 3

Join Christine Lowry as we continue our series. Parts I & II in our 3 part series gave an overview of the school-wide Multi-Tiered System of Support specific to Montessori schools, and provided an in-depth look at how we create an Inclusive Classroom Climate to support all learners. This system view gives us a concrete […]

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Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Dads Important Role as Daughters Grow

Sometimes Dad’s feel like a “duck out of water” when it comes to relating to their tween/teen daughter. The little girl’s body that used to rough and tumble now has begun to develop making roughing and tumbling awkward. Also, this stage in a girl’s life is fraught with emotional upheavals which often make Dads shy […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Practical Life in Elementary and Beyond!

Montessori said, “Only practical work and experience lead a child to maturity.” Cheryl Allen will share ideas that will help children at home and in the classroom to prepare for life during the elementary years and beyond. She will show how Practical Life activities change as children grow from pouring and scooping lessons during Early […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Practical Life for Elementary and Beyond

Most people think of Montessori Practical Life as scooping and pouring in the Early Childhood years but as Maria Montessori said, “Education should not just be preparation for university, it should be preparation for life.” Cheryl Allen will guide us through activities and ideas for Practical Life during the elementary and adolescent years.

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Summer Ideas

Are you wondering how to keep your child not only busy during the summer months when school is out, but also keep her learning? Are you worried that if your child is not enrolled in a summer program called “Little Genius’s” or the Center for Brighter Children that your child will be behind when he […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

2018 An Interview with Four Montessori Seniors

Lorna McGrath has the opportunity to talk with four NewGate School’s seniors before they graduate and go off into a new stage of their lives. Each of them has a unique story to share. It is such a pleasure to listen to their experiences in Montessori and how that has shaped and will continue to […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

2018 An Interview with Alex – a NewGate Senior

Lorna McGrath interviews one of NewGate School’s 2018 graduates. NewGate is an International Montessori school that serves children from 18 months old to 18 years old. Three fifths of the NewGate graduates this year are from countries other than the United States. Our interviewee, Alex, is from Spain and will be returning to Spain before […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Activities of Daily Life – Infants and Toddlers

Have you ever wondered how can I best support my infant or toddler in learning and growing? What activities should I provide? What equipment do they need? How much help should I give them? If you have these questions and more, Tracey Hall will be sharing her experience and ideas about your young child’s daily […]

Purposeful Work for Toddlers

Grandparents in the Classroom

Have you ever had the urge to be part of your grandchild’s school experience in the classroom? Maybe you thought about it but didn’t think you had anything to offer or that you might not be welcomed to participate or just had no idea what you might do? Well, most Montessori teachers are happy to […]