What Parents Really Need to Know About Montessori at Home

A guide for teachers

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Have your parent education efforts been falling flat?

Do your parents ask you how they can "do Montessori at home"?

Do your parents have trouble following through on the advice you offer?

It may be time to rethink the kind of information you're giving them about "Montessori at home"

It's the child's first prepared environment, the home, that has the most influence on behavior, achievement, and emotional well-being.

Montessori at home looks different than our classrooms, so how do we communicate the key principles to busy parents?

How do we guide our parents to be firm, confident, calm, compassionate, and full of go-to quality Montessori-at-Home activities for their child's current developmental stage, while still teaching their children everyday?

In this course, Leanne will challenge the way you approach parent education, and share how to guide parents while also guiding their children.

"This class offers inspirational and practical ways to help teachers interact with parents and help them understand the impetus behind continuing Montessori into their home. It provides many resources and practical applications so that the child will feel confident and the two environments (home and school) will feel more connected and comfortable for the child." -Shakira C.

Leanne Gray

Leanne Gray, M.Ed is the founder of The Prepared Environment, which supports families in raising confident, independent children through a well-designed environment at home.

Leann received her BS in Early Childhood Education Pre-K to 3rd, and went on to get her Masters in Education and AMI Primary Montessori certification in Columbia, MD.

Leanne has always known she wanted to work with children. From a young age, she taught or led various programs for children, including daycare, camps, swim lessons, and after-school programs. She has over five years teaching experience in public, private, and Montessori schools and has completed a RIE Foundations course . Leanne has also designed and implemented Montessori homeschool curriculum, coached hundreds of parents, and mentored first year teachers in a public Montessori charter school. Her website, www.thepreparedenvironment.com offers articles, free resources, and online courses for parents.

She currently travels in a 1974 Airstream with her husband and two dogs around the United States, visiting Montessori schools and building parent support programs.


This presentation will look closely at

What parents are dealing with today, and how to meet them where they are by changing the conversation.
In this course, we’ll cover what parents and children are dealing with today, the essential information needed to support Montessori at home, how to build a prepared parent environment, and practical tools you can put into action.

A specific 5 step strategy for parent conversations to encourage trust and openness.
You'll learn Leanne's five point formula for communicating with parents, where to look for resources and support, and walk away with suggestions for your own personal challenging parent situations.

Where to focus your efforts for parents to really grasp the essentials of Montessori and for their children to arrive more “normalized”, ready to learn each day.
We will discuss the factors that have the most positive impact on child well-being and learning potential (normalization).

Practical tools to increase your parent support, even while teaching full time.
In true Montessori fashion, you'll be an active participant in this course! You'll be asked to brainstorm solutions to topic questions and personal challenges, break down specific Montessori principles into everyday language, and role play challenging parent situations using the conversation strategy and information presented in the course. With this practice, you'll be ready to change your conversations with parents and offer the support they need.

"By teachers, for teachers! This is a simple, well-organized, well-presented approach to empathetically working with parents for the best results." -Jennifer L

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?
This course is best suited for teachers and administrators who work with the infant-toddler and preschool age range. It is not recommended for parents.
Is this a live workshop?
No. This is a pre-recorded video presentation. You can view this video multiple times at your convenience.
Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?
You can get a certificate of attendance for ONE HOUR by request. You will need to fill out a feedback form. You will receive a PDF certificate via email. Read more about certificates of attendance HERE.
What is the difference between the School registration and the Individual registration?
A school registration allows up to 5 (or more) attendees from one school to participate and be eligible for certificates of attendance. An individual registration allows one person to receive a certificate.
How does the school registration work?
Once you register as a school, you will be sent additional unique registration links (We have to do this part manually, so please allow 48 hours for delivery). You will pass these links on to the staff members who will be participating from your school. They will need to log in and register via their unique link at no additional charge. They can then login and view the presentation as many times as desired at their convenience.
I am trying to create an account but it says my email is already taken. What do I do?
This means that you already have an account with Trillium Montessori Courses because you registered for one of our other courses in the past. Use the password you created when you originally signed up, and then login to continue your purchase. If you have forgotten your password, click "Forgot Password" below the login button to reset your password. Please do not create multiple accounts for yourself using different emails.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have access for one year from the date of registration. During that time you may re-watch the videos as often as you wish.
I have an access link from my school administrator but it says that registration is closed. What do I do?
Please click the green "registration is closed" button near the top of the screen and complete your account setup. If you continue to have problems, please contact [email protected]

"I think the message that parents deserve our empathy and understanding cant be overrated. Using a slow, specific bullet point system is helpful, and the study that highlights what makes a successful parent/child relationship is a great thing to keep in mind as we go forward in our work with parents." -Connie M.

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