Fort Collins Montessori School is hosting an immersive six-week course for parents and caregivers who want to deepen their understanding of their child’s development and become a new kind of adult. All are invited and this course is free!
We will explore parenting as a spiritual practice and re-examine the paradigms in which we educate and parent our children.
We will be looking at this through the lens of the child from ages 3-6, but parents of all ages are welcome. Parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in child development are invited to attend.
Fort Collins Montessori School – Primary Campus
1709 West Elizabeth Street
Dates & Time:
April 9th-May 14th
Tuesdays – 6:00-7:30 pm
Maggie Crews (Lead Primary Guide, AMI Primary Diploma)
Jane Jennings (Assistant in Primary Classroom, AMI Primary Diploma)
Registration Deadline: March 25th
Week One: The New Adult
We will begin by re-examining the old paradigms of parenting and education and exploring how our own discomfort can hold us back from being the adults we want to be. We will prepare to embark on this journey together!
Maria Montessori Speaks to Parents: Chapter 1: An Environment for the Child
Podcast: The Fuss About Crying
Week Two: Understanding the Child in the First Plane of Development
We will dive into a scientific understanding of the child from 3-6, including the Human Tendencies, the Absorbent Mind and the development of Functional Independence.
What You Should Know About Your Child: Chapter 2 and Chapter 3
Week Three: Freedom and Discipline
We will re-visit the conventional definitions of “freedom” and “discipline,”discuss natural and logical consequences, and think outside the paradigm of reward and punishment to guide children into a liberated adulthood.
Week Four: Limits and Language
We will discuss the importance of limits and how to embrace them within your family. We will cover adult interaction styles, self-confidence, and staying “unruffled” in the face of children’s discomfort. We will build up our “toolbox” of helpful language to use with children, including Positive Phrasing and Grace and Courtesy.
7 Reasons Children Need Us to Disagree; Maria Montessori Speaks to Parents: Chapter 3
Week Five: Planting the Seed
We will discuss how this seminar is really the beginning of a lifelong journey. We will examine our work with children as it relates to society, and discuss how to use our community for accountability and support. We will reflect what we’ve covered so far and share questions that have come up.
What You Should Know About Your Child: Chapter 10
Week Six: The Prepared Environment
We will use our last week to begin integrating what we’ve learned into practical, day-to-day changes in the physical environment and the home routine. This will include the role of the adult, the child’s work versus the adult’s work, supporting functional independence and concentration, self-care and care of the environment, and the family as a community of reciprocal respect.
Maria Montessori Speaks to Parents: Chapter 11
We hope you can join us for this enlightening and free Montessori parenting course in Fort Collins.