Pullman Regional Conference – Follow the Child

On April 29, 2017 join MIA as we – 

   Follow the Child

 

A One-Day Regional Conference

April 29th, 2017 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gladish Community and Cultural Center

115 NW State Street, Pullman, WA 99163

$80 for full conference, (early bird by April 15) including lunch

AM, PM, early bird, member discounts and options for parents also available.

Up to Eight Washington STARS hours! (Applying for Idaho STARS hours, too – in process!)

For registration, and payment CLICK HERE

 

Schedule:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration, networking, coffee and snacks.

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome, Overview of executive function, Yoga flow!

10:00 – 10:30 Circle Time ~ Dynamic and Interactive!

10:30 – 10:40 Break

10:40 – 11:30 Self Regulation: Becoming Whole through Montessori Education

11:30 – 11:40 Break

11:40 – 12:30 Practical Life: Building Connections in the Montessori Classroom and Beyond

12:30 – 1:25  Buffet lunch:  Baja bar catered by Taco del Mar.  Lunch options can easily be made gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, low carb, dairy free…

1:25 – 1:35 Yoga flow,

1:35 – 2:30

Option A)  Listening and Reading for Understanding – strategies for helping children develop comprehension skills

or

Option B)  Montessori 101 An Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum for parents and those interested in finding out more about Montessori Education Room 111

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:45

Option A)  Creating Space for Wonder and Awe: Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Development

or

Option B) Montessori 101 An Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum for parents and those interested in finding out more about Montessori Education  Room 111

3:45 – 4:00 Introduction to The Montessori Institute of America, door prizes.

4:00 – 5:00 Optional school tour

 

For registration, and payment CLICK HERE

 

About the Presenters and Sessions offered:

Practical Life: Building Connections in the Montessori Classroom and Beyond

Megan Chavez Anderson, M.Ed. Education Loyola College of Maryland,  A.M.I. Primary Certification Montessori Northwest, B.F.A. theatre arts University of Idaho.

She is the Owner, Administrator and a teacher at Children’s House Montessori School in Lewiston, ID. Previously she taught at the Montessori School of Pullman, All Saints Catholic School and public schools throughout Portland, OR. Megan is always eager to share her passion for Montessori education.

 

Circle Time ~ Dynamic and Interactive!

Sudha Devarajan  B.Ed, B.A, Master’s degree in Economics, 3-6 Montessori Teaching certification from M.I.A., Montessori 6 – 9 teaching certificate from N.A.M.C.  Sudha brings  eleven years of teaching experience and a passion for Montessori education to her presentation.  When thinking of circle ideas, Sudha plans for activities that involve movement and easily accessible materials.  Her desire is to spark the imagination of the children and nourish their sense of wonder.  This short, interactive presentation for you will focus on the solar systems and space!

 

Listening and Reading for Understanding – strategies for helping children develop comprehension skills (Toddler through lower elementary)

Bev Wolff, M.Ed., B.A. English and Drama, St. Nicholas Montessori certificate for 3 – 6 year olds, AMS lower elementary certification.  She is currently the Director of the Montessori School of Pullman, and Vice President of the Montessori Institute of America.  Bev brings thirty-five years of experience and passion for literacy development, and Montessori education.

Research has shown us what good readers do naturally.  Bev will present ideas for helping all children learn to do what good readers do naturally.  These skills can be developed even before a child can read, through listening to literature and quality non-fiction books.  This session offers ideas for teachers from toddler through lower elementary, and also for parents who love to spend time reading with their children.

 

Montessori 101 – An Introduction to the Montessori Curriculum for Parents and Potential Montessori Teachers

Jane Noppe,  3-6 AMS.  Jane began her training in England, completing a British National Nursery Education Course.  This training prepares you to work with young children in a school type setting, the home (as a nanny) or in a hospital.  It was through Jane’s job as a nanny that she was introduced to Montessori education.  She was hooked!  Jane received her AMS teaching certificate in 1996, so brings over twenty years of experience to her presentation.  Montessori 101 is an introduction to the various areas of the curriculum – practical life, sensorial, language, math and cultural – suitable for parents and those interested in learning more about Montessori education, possibly exploring the idea of becoming a Montessori teacher.

 

Self Regulation: Becoming Whole through Montessori Education

Heather Joy Neill brings eight years of Montessori Teaching and Parenting experience into the classroom.  With a Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, and a 2 1/2-6yrs Teaching Certificate from the Montessori Institute of America, Heather incorporates Montessori Methods into home, school, and community experiences. An outdoor enthusiast, Heather is Mom to 3 incredible children, a teacher at the Valley Montessori School, a Cub Scout leader, and the Recording Secretary of the Montessori Institute of America.

Teachers work hard.  Parents work harder.  We are never “off the clock.”  When we choose to be care-givers of the world, we often choose to put the needs of others before our own.  When our “bucket is full,” we give freely, and when our “bucket is empty,” we distribute negative ripples out into the world.  Peace and harmony within the home and classroom, are derived from the development of will-power within each individual system, to benefit the greater whole.

The most valuable gift a teacher can give a Montessori classroom is permission to care for yourself.  Self-preparedness gives the teacher enough energy to bring balance, peace, and harmony into the prepared environment.  When we are prepared, we can benefit the human spirit.

 

Creating Space for Wonder and Awe: Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Development

Virginia Allen,  MS Child Development, Erikson Institute; BS Child Development; University of Idaho, Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Certificate, North American Montessori Center.

Virginia has been devoted to early childhood education for over 15 years.  She has taught in a diverse array of preschool classrooms and has been involved deeply in supporting open and affirming spiritual development in the Unitarian Universalist tradition.  She is currently the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse in Moscow, Idaho.

Maria Montessori believed that it is our role as educators of young children to support the development of the whole child including his or her internal spiritual nature.  In her book, “The Child in the Family” she wrote, “Our goal is not so much the imparting of knowledge as the unveiling and developing of spiritual energy.

Our children deserve the same care and attention to their spiritual development as they do for their development in literacy, math, sciences and art.  We will explore how teachers and parents can make room for the child to experience the wonder and awe in everyday experiences that lead to spiritual formation.  You can expect to investigate the ways you may already nurture children’s spiritual development and explore new ideas that you can immediately integrate into your classroom or home.  Not confined to any one particular faith or belief system, we will use a broad and encompassing definition of spirituality to frame our discussion and activities.

 

For registration, and payment CLICK HERE


Interested in being a Vendor for this event?

Email: Montessori@pullman.com

 

Do you need accommodations? We recommend:

Cougar Land Motel is right next to the event facility, and walking distance to downtown Pullman for many dinner options.  Clean rooms at a great price, continental breakfast provided. 1 bed costs $60.39, per night, tax included.  2 beds costs $65.88

Email: cougarland@hotmail.com or call 509-334-3535

Other options – Quality Inn, Holiday Express and Hilltop

Taxi service from airport usually a flat fare of $20.