Discover Montessori 2014

Discover Montessori offers an opportunity for poeple new to Montessori eduaction to learn more from experienced educators.
In 2014 the following workshops were offered at the MANZ Conference in New Plymouth.

Montessori for Bumps and Babies.
Tia Wooller, Matakana

Tia endeavors to share as much as she can about what adults can do for the very young child. What matters to the child in utero? What would an ideal home environment look like? Why are mobiles so important? What other toys should we offer babies? What is the Montessori nido environment?  (approx 20 min)

Independence starts with an “I”
Carol Potts, Auckland

“I can do it”, “I like...”, “I don’t want to!”  What do these all have in common? During the first six years children joyfully traverse successive stages of independence. The environment either supports the child’s increasing quest to “do it myself”…or not? Carol helps you discover how you can support your young child ... for yourselves! (Approx 30 min)

 Grace and Courtesy as a critical skill for an unpredictable tomorrow 
Pam Shand, Blenheim
Montessori is a educational philosophy well-known for its academic excellence and for turning out proactive, positive children.  But perhaps those achievements turn out to NOT be the critical characteristics of Montessori learning.  Pam explores the notion that Montessori education, through Montessori’s focus on both common courtesy and common good, is uniquely educating our children with the consciousness necessary to face an unpredictable tomorrow. (Approx 30 min).



Discover Montessori 2013

The second Discover Montessori was held in Wellington, New Zealand in April, 2013. 

We hope you enjoy the videos from this event.

Montessori – remarkable and life-long (approx 30min)
Pam Shand
Montessori education has a reputation for providing young children with a calm, peaceful environment in which to learn, with respectful teachers willing to coach and mentor, producing good academic outcomes for children.  But much more than this is achieved. Pam explains how the culture of a Montessori classroom is itself a dynamic teacher, and although this curriculum is "hidden," the outcomes are remarkable and lifelong.  She shares how Montessori graduates, reflecting back, constantly credit their Montessori years for important gifts of consciousness.

Montessori – A Few Favourite Things  (approx 30min)
Richard Goodyear
Richard has been involved in Montessori for nearly ten years and he shares ‘a few of his favourite things’ about the learning the children engage in and the character and community building fostered in Montessori 6-12 year classes  …
Wide eyed expressions and daily connections
Taking their work to extremes of volition
Cube root and learning about the three kings
These are a few of my favourite things
(To a certain tune from ‘The Sound of Music’…)

Five Montessori ideas that we have used to guide our parenting  (approx 30min)
Sola Freeman
Sola explains how using concepts drawn from Montessori philosophy of respect, independence, responsibility, cooperation and contribution to guide her parenting choices influenced the expectations she and her husband  had of their four children when they were very young and the home environment created for them. “Not only did it mean we had a calm and cooperative family life then – even better it has continued to pay dividends with the way our children are able to self-manage, be respectful and contribute to family life now.”

 Understanding Development from Infancy to Adulthood  (approx 30min)
Jan Gaffney
Children start at birth as dependent beings and end up as independent, thinking, contributing members of society. What is it helps them develop this way? What are the child’s needs at infancy, childhood, adolescence and how can we better understand their development and support them to develop into ‘self-actualised’ adults? Jan explains the Montessori concept of the 'planes of development' from infancy to adulthood  and shows how this can lead us to better understand not only the development of our children, but also to reflect on our own journey to adulthood.

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