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, 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
"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.