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Montessori U

"We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Montessori U is MIR’s program for parent education. Take advantage of Montessori U to

  • Know what to expect in your child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development at each major developmental stage.
  • Gain a clear picture of how your children are being supported at MIR.

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

  • Seminar-style classes
  • Experiential events
  • Q&A meetings

In addition, we offer digital and print content on topics relating to child development, parenting, and Montessori education.

Your Parent-Teacher Conferences are also a key component of parent education. Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar!

Montessori U Class Schedule 2019-20


Back-to-School Night and Primary/Elementary Orientations
Thursday, September 5, 5:15 pm. Toddler Orientation is on a different night. Toddler families may leave when the all-school picnic ends at 5:45 pmGet oriented to the school, your child’s class, and learn what to expect this school year.

Toddler Parent Orientation
Wednesday, September 11, 6 pm. Ask the teacher whether or not to bring your child. Families will learn the practical details of how the class works.

MIR Student Learner Outcomes
Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 pm. Childcare provided for enrolled students. Learn the what and why of MIR’s Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs.)


Life after Montessori
Tuesday, October 1, 6 pm. Childcare provided for enrolled students. Learn about long-term Montessori outcomes from alumni and alumni parents.

Campus Tour and Lunch
Friday, October 11, 12-1 pm. A light lunch will be served. Explore the many enhancements to the MIR learning environment.

Positive Discipline Parenting Course begins
Wednesdays 6-8 pm, October 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13. Childcare provided for enrolled students. Learn to solve your parenting challenges in ways that are respectful to both you and your child.

Wednesday, October 27, 6 pm. Childcare provided for enrolled Toddler & Primary students. This evening is for parents of Toddlers and 1st year Primary students. It covers typical developmental milestones, how parents can support their child’s development, and how MIR supports that development.


Child-Parent Night and Grateful Dinner
Tuesday, November 5, 5-7 pm. Let your child take you to school and show you the great work they’ve been doing.

Positive Discipline Parenting Course continues
Wednesdays 6-8 , November 6, 13. Childcare provided for enrolled students.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday and Tuesday, November 25 and 26.


Journey & Discovery
Saturday, January 25, 8 am -1 pm. Lunch will be served. Childcare is not available. This hands-on, immersive workshop will give you a deeper understanding of the big work your child does each day. Parents have called this workshop “life-changing.” Learn more.


Transformative Tools for Challenging Behaviors
Featuring guest speaker Amy Eshelby
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm. Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students. This evening is geared more toward families with Elementary-aged children. Learn how you can apply new techniques to help you with your child's challenging behaviors.


Child-Parent Night and Pasta Dinner
Wednesday, April 15, 5-7 pm. A companion to the November night. Let your child take you to school and show you how much they’ve grown since the fall.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thursday and Friday, April 23 and 24


Lunch with the Principal: "The Adolescent Brain"
Tuesday, May 19, 12-1 pm. Bring a bag lunch; beverages and dessert will be offered. Grove Head of School Andrew Christopherson will talk about the next stage of development beyond the Elementary years.