What is Montessori? A Parent Education Series

We get asked all the time, “What is Montessori?” This is a complex question that deserves a thoughtful answer. You might be surprised by the many different ideas people hold of what constitutes a Montessori education. Using years of teaching experience and the booklet What is Montessori?, Greg Dahlin (UE I) and Michael Sanderson (CH V) propose to bring some clarity to this question. This book was chosen because it was written by parents who have experienced the effect of a Montessori education on their children. It is useful to parents desiring to learn more about this unique method of education.

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Greg Dahlin and Michael Sanderson discuss the What is Montessori? booklet.

One could say Montessori is a brilliant system of education built upon a scientific foundation with a rich global history. And in Dr. Maria Montessori’s eloquent words: “We may say that the great difference [between traditional and Montessori education] lies in the life, vivacity, interest, and joy which the child shows doing the work and also in the facility and precocity with which he learns.”

Join Michael and Greg as they explore this topic. They will draw from their collective experience of over 40 years teaching and studying the works and philosophy of Maria Montessori to offer a unique perspective in this educational series.

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What is Montessori?

As a framework for these discussions they will be using the booklet What is Montessori? A Basic Guide to the Principles, Practices, and Benefits of a Montessori Education by Heather Pederson, Ph.D and Jason Pederson.

The format will be as follows:
Three (3) Monday evening sessions from 6:30-7:30pm on September 26, October 17 and November 7 in the Watson Center Library –OR– Three (3) Tuesday morning sessions from 9:00-10:00am on September 27, October 18, and November 8 in the Watson Center Library.

This series will be part lecture and part discussion with plenty of opportunity for questions. Each participant will be given the booklet in advance and expected to read 20 pages prior to each evening meeting.

The sessions are free and open to the public. The class will be limited to the first 25 individuals who sign up. Please reserve a space only if you plan to attend all 3 sessions. CLICK HERE to sign up.

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A Children's House student works with Montessori materials.