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Montessori U

Montessori U is MIR’s program for parent education. Our goal is to help you understand your children’s development, and share how we educate your children according to their development.

Take advantage of Montessori U to

  1. Understand the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive milestones your child will reach at each stage of development.
  2. Gain a clear picture of how your children are growing and thriving in their time at MIR.

Montessori U classes are designed to fit the style and schedule of as many parents as possible. They include:

  • Seminar-style classes -- Parent Education Nights are often seminar classes
  • Discussion-based classes -- Coffee, Tea, and M.E., Lunch with the Teacher, and the Positive Discipline Parenting Course are discussion-based
  • Hands-on classes and events -- Some Parent Education Nights, Journey & Discovery, Parent-Child Nights,and the Parent-Infant Class offer hands-on education
  • Guided observations -- For Lower Elementary classes. This is a new program that we are piloting with our Lower Elementary classes this year.
Montessori U Class Schedule 2018-19
September Parent Education Night
September 20, 7 pm
How Montessori is Different, AO, CD, ME
October Campus Tour and Lunch
October 5, 12-1 pm
See all the great new additions to your child’s learning environment and enjoy a light lunch in the Legacy Garden & Walk.
Academic Fair
October 17, 6:30 pm
“Math” AO, ME
A science-fair approach to demonstrating the great work in mathematics going on in the classrooms.
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
Lower Elementary Guided Observations (by invitation only)
November Child-Parent Night and “Grateful” Dinner
November 6, 5-7 pm, ME
Parent Education Night
November 14, 6 pm
Beginnings, CD, P
This class is for parents of 18 mos.-1st year Primary.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
November 19 and 20
January Parent Education Night
January 16, 6:30 pm
Positive Discipline, CD, P
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
Positive Discipline Parenting Course
(continues through March)

January 30, 6-8 pm, P
February Journey & Discovery
February 9, 8 am-2 pm, ME
Positive Discipline Parenting Course (continued)
February 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-8 pm, P
Parent Education Night (by invitation only)
February 19, 6:30 pm
Introduction to Upper Elementary, Introduction to Lower Elementary, AO, ME
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
March Parent Education Night
March 13, 6:30 pm
Life after Montessori, AO, ME
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
Positive Discipline Parenting Course (concludes)
March 6, 6-8 pm, P
April Parent-Child Night and Pasta Dinner
April 16, 5 pm, ME
Parent Education Night
April 30, 6-7:30 pm
Smart, but Scattered, CD, P
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.


May Lunch with the Teacher
May 22, 12 pm
"The Adolescent Brain" featuring Ben Moudry, CD, ME

Lunch with the Teacher
Hosted by an administrator and a teacher, these classes will focus on the development of your child at the age noted and show how Montessori education takes advantage of the characteristics of that age for optimal learning.

Journey & Discovery
Held on a weekend day, this event gives you an immersive introduction to Montessori education at all ages. You'll take a silent journey through every level, then work with the teachers in the classroom. Discussions hosted by administrators will help answer your questions about what you've seen and done.

Parent-Child Nights
This is one of the children’s favorite activities, where they lead you in typical class activities. The event allows you to see for yourself what your child is learning. Teachers are on hand to guide the children as necessary.

Positive Discipline Parenting Course
Parenting is easy until you have a child! This is a fun class where you can get help from trained parenting experts and your peers with those discipline issues you just can't seem to solve.

Parent-Infant Class (dates TBD)
For children 0-17 months and their parents, this class will show you how to help support your child's development. You'll bring your baby to the class and work with them using Montessori materials and apparatuses, guided by Jacqueline Chandler, Admissions Director and Montessori-trained for these ages.