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More than 100 years ago Dr. Maria Montessori described “the absorbent mind” of children during their first three years of life as the most critical period in each child’s brain development. Recent research reveals that babies have an innate moral code and make decisions about themselves and others from a very early age.  This insight reinforces the Montessori perspective that humans have astonishing mental capacity from birth.

How can parents support each child’s explosive brain development? Become a skilled observer – an expert on your child’s needs. Young children telegraph their needs very clearly. Fortunately, most parents naturally respond to their babies’ babbles and cries, their grasping for things to touch and their urge to explore. Children need to move, to have multiple sensory experiences in order to understand the world around them.

Building muscles is critical to building coordination, which is critical to developing concentration and independence. Let your toddler push, pull, climb, and roll. Let them get dirty. Let them play outside. Let them run and when they fall, pick them up, brush them off, and send them back to play some more.  Overreacting sends the message to the child that they need you to protect them. It robs them of the courage to fail and try again. Parents who stress over normal bumps and scrapes and strive to keep their toddlers safe at all costs deprive them of the most natural and critical learning possible.

Curiosity and persistence are character traits that parents can influence in their children in order to help develop resilient, healthy adults.  Become an expert on your child’s development by observing and providing a myriad of experiences to meet their demonstrated needs. It’s the best way to maximize individual brain power and give your child a leg up in an uncertain world.

Save-the-date

Parents are invited to attend an evening of learning with our Montessori-certified teachers. We encourage you to join other West Side parents to explore Montessori in your child’s classroom and beyond. Two sessions will be held at both the Toledo and Perrysburg Campus.

Please choose to attend the topics that are of interest to you regardless of your child’s level and feel free to bring a friend.

Session 1:  6:30 pm – 7:10 pm

Toledo Little House

Decoding Your Daily Note:
Presenters:   Molly Kujawa, Janell Butts and Bridgett Miller
Room:  Lilac Room
Description:  Do you wonder how to use your daily note as a springboard to talk to your child about his/her day?  Let us help you decode them and learn about materials found in the Little House classrooms.  

Perrysburg Little House

Who’s the Boss?  Parenting Your Toddler
Presenters:  Jean Miller and Shannon Schlumbohm
Room:  Great Room
Description:  The answer isn’t always clear when parenting toddlers.  Let us help you navigate the tricky times of raising a toddler!

Toledo Children’s House

The Outdoor Classroom – Plug into Nature
Presenters:  Ali Packo and Sarah Knox
Room:  Poplar
Description:  Ah!  A breath of fresh air…come and learn about the benefits of time spent outdoors and how it impacts your child’s overall development.  Bring your outdoor shoes and be ready to explore our outdoor classroom first hand!

Lower Elementary

The Montessori Connection Between Home and School
The link between learner, parent, and the teacher
Presenters: Tonya Reynold, Deb Kelleher, and Terie Alvarez
Room: Cardinal

Upper Elementary

Homework in the Montessori Classroom:
Strengthening the home and school partnership through work
Presenters: Fran Pancoast and Kristin McEachern
Room: Monarch

Middle School

Toddler to Teen
Understanding your teen and the need for “Practical Life”
Presenters:
Room: Language Arts Room

Parlez-vous français? ¿Hablas español?

Learn the value of World Languages at an early age and the scope of West Side Montessori’s program.
Presenters: Brianne Smythia and Margaret Kohler
Room: Spanish Room

Session 2:  7:20 pm – 8:00 pm

Toledo Little House

Who’s the Boss?  Parenting Your Toddler
Presenters:  Kelly Carver, Cheryl Pocrnich and Sarah Kreinbrink
Room:  Iris
Description:  The answer isn’t always clear when parenting toddlers.  Let us help you navigate the tricky times of raising a toddler!

Toledo Children’s House

Montessori Magic
Presenters:  Amy Wagner and Wendi Rowland
Room:  Black Cherry
Description:  How do we help children focus their attention, remember instructions and juggle multiple tasks successfully?  Come hear about the magic that happens within the Montessori classroom and how you can support what happens at school at home.

Perrysburg Children’s House

Montessori Magic
Presenters:  Jenni Miller and Tricia Miller-Purvis
Room:  Great Room
Description:  How do we help children focus their attention, remember instructions and juggle multiple tasks successfully?  Come hear about the magic that happens within the Montessori classroom and how you can support what happens at school at home.

Lower Elementary

The Montessori Connection Between Home and School
The link between learner, parent, and the teacher
Presenters: Tonya Reynold, Deb Kelleher, and Terie Alvarez
Room: Cardinal

Upper Elementary

Homework in the Montessori Classroom:
Strengthening the home and school partnership through work
Presenters: Fran Pancoast and Kristin McEachern
Room: Monarch

Middle School

Toddler to Teen
Understanding your teen and the need for “Practical Life”
Presenters: Dawn Fenicle and Mary Brandon
Room: Language Arts Room

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Montessori education allows children to learn using materials that foster independence, confidence and critical thinking. Check out the joyous reaction one of our 3-year old students experienced after completing his math work!

 

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Montessori education allows children to learn using materials that foster independence, confidence and critical thinking. Check out the joyous reaction one of our 3-year old students experienced after completing his math work!

The Acorn to Oak class is an eight-week parent-child program designed for infants and toddlers who are not enrolled in a Montessori program.

This program provides an opportunity for the adult to interact with the child as the teacher guides them through the child-directed process of learning.  Children learn through hands-on experiences and the adults have a group discussion to learn about their children’s development and ask questions while the children have a supervised group snack.  In addition to providing developmentally appropriate materials and positive social skills, grace and courtesy are modeled by the adults. Class may also include a group circle time with music and movement.  Spaces are limited, register today!