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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 2017-18
September Lunch with the Teacher
September 15, 11 am
"Your Primary Child" CD, ME
Parent Education Night
September 20, 7 pm
"Montessori Basics"*, ME
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
October Parent Education Night
October 3, 7 pm
"Life after Montessori"*, AO
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
Coffee, Tea, and M.E.
October 13, 9 am
"Your Lower Elementary Child" CD, ME
Parent Education Night
October 24, 7 pm
"Montessori Assessment & Outcomes"*, AO, ME
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
November LE Guided Observations
November 2, 3, 6; 9:15-10:15 am, AO, ME
Parent-Child Night
November 7, 5 pm, ME
Parent Education Night
November 15, 6 pm
"Beginnings," CD, P
This class is for parents of 18 mos.-1st year Primary.
January Lunch with the Teacher
January 12, 11 am
"Your Upper Elementary Child" CD, ME
Parent Education Night
January 23, 7 pm
"Standardized Testing in the Montessori Environment"*, AO, ME
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
Positive Discipline Parenting Course
January 10, 17, 24, 31-February 7, 21 6-8 pm, P
February Journey & Discovery
February 4, 8 am-2 pm, ME
Introduction to Lower/Upper Elementary
February 13, 7 pm
Introduction to Upper Elementary (repeat)
February 22, 11:30 am

Introduction to Lower Elementary (repeat)
February 23, 11:30 am

Lunch with the Teacher
March 2, 11 am
"Your Toddler" CD, ME

Parent Education Night
March 13, 7 pm, ME
Childcare provided for enrolled Primary and Elementary students.
April Parent-Child Night
April 17, 5 pm, ME
Parent-Infant Class
April dates TBD, 4-5 pm, CD, P
May Coffee, Tea, and M.E.
May 11, 9 am
"The Adolescent Brain" featuring Ben Moudry, CD, ME

Coffee, Tea, & M.E. (Montessori Education) and 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 Saturday, 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 themselves 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
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 Jacq Chandler, Admissions Director and Montessori-trained for these ages.