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Community Education at The Children's House

At TCH, we believe every child’s development and education is more successful when there is a strong partnership with parents. This is why we offer a wide variety of educational topics for the adults in our community through our Community Education program. The Montessori Method encourages “education for life;” so we encourage you to attend as many events as possible as we work together to guide our children through their unique development.

The Children's House Community Education program is sensitive to the time constraints of parents – living with young children, meeting the demands of work, running a household and having down time. Therefore, a variety of gatherings are offered at different times and days with the hope that maybe two or three will pique your interest and find a way into your hectic schedule.

We feel strongly in the value of these presentations, and are diligent about choosing worthwhile topics. We encourage you to commit to three of these that you will attend this year. Take turns with your partner or make it a couples’ night out!


Michele Shane, Head of School
Nadine Elmgren, Elementary Guide and Community Education Program Coordinator

2016-2017 TCH Community Education Schedule

September 8, 6 p.m. Back to School Parent Meeting

October 13, 6 p.m. Nurturing the Budding Reader- Tara Hochstetler, TCH Reading Specialist
Join Tara Hochstetler for a discussion geared towards parents of young children who are emergent readers. She has great ideas on how to make learning to read lots of fun, while continuing to expose new readers to plenty of good material. Come prepared for an informative discussion and bring your questions along too!

October 26, 6 p.m. The Montessori Adolescent Program: A School of Experience in the Elements of Social Life- Junior High Faculty
Dr. Montessori recognized adolescence to be a state of such rapid physical and psychological transformation that she referred to this period as a “time of crisis.” Not unlike the first three years of life, adolescence is a period of development that requires meticulous attention to the child’s psychological and physical needs. She thus referred to adolescents as “Social Newborns”, recognizing that this is a time where they are redefining their roles in the family and beginning to look outward for identity and purpose. In offering her plan of work and study, Dr. Montessori aspired to foster young adults who were intelligent, adaptable, independent, self-confident, aware of the world, and skilled both with their hands and their minds. We therefore invite you to join us for a presentation on Dr. Montessori’s vision, and how The Children’s House is applying that vision in support of our school community.

November 10, 6 p.m. Montessori Makeover- Primary Faculty
Back by popular demand! This event is tailored for parents of 3-6 year olds. “Help Me to Help Myself” is the Montessori Mantra of the Primary aged student. Our Primary guides will provide insight on how to prepare your home to best meet the needs, interests and abilities of these independent learners. You will be inspired to head home and get started with your makeover!

November 16, 6 p.m. - Making Sense of the World- Nido and Young Children’s Community- Faculty
Children from infancy until about age three, are unconsciously absorbing the world through their senses. Their physical development is remarkable and in tandem they are developing psychologically, socially, intellectually and spiritually. We will be discussing how these amazing young children learn to function independently, move with control, communicate and concentrate. Join us to hear how you can support your child’s innate development at home, and get a bird’s eye view into their days at school.

January 11, 6 p.m. - Preparing Adolescents for Adulthood: The Montessori Approach to Occupations and Humanities- Junior High Faculty
In the adolescent, Dr. Montessori discovered a “social newborn, “ a young person being physically and psychologically compelled to adulthood with the same vigor as the newborn child who is compelled to walk, talk and read. In using the word “social” Dr. Montessori was not referring to the adolescent’s compulsion to be social. She was referring to the adolescent’s rapidly emerging role as a member of an adult society driven by human interaction. This session will focus on “Occupation and Humanities” workshops, the inter-disciplinary structures used by the TCH Jr. High to engage adolescents in adult society through the lenses of science, creative expression, social studies and language arts.

January 19, 4 p.m. – Your Six to Twelve Year Old - Elementary Faculty
Come spend an hour with us to hear developmental highlights of this age group! Knowing what to expect, as well as what is developmentally typical, helps you better understand your child and guide them through fascinating and challenging experiences that arise. We will highlight characteristics of this Second Plane of Development from Montessori’s work, as well as cover information from the Gesell Institute of Human Development.

February 15, 6 p.m. - Fundamental Life Skills - Nido and Young Children’s Community Faculty
Learning life skills at school helps these young learners connect their school experiences to home. The activities in this area of the classroom exploit their desire to imitate the adults around them, particularly in self-care, food preparation and upkeep of the environment. You’ll be amazed what your child is capable of and enjoys doing! Come learn how you can facilitate the independence your young child is striving for.

March 7, 4 p.m. - Supporting your Primary Child’s Learning at Home - Primary Faculty
This topic is for parents of 3-6 year olds. Please join us for insights on how to best support your child’s home learning environment Montessori Style. Our Primary guides will share ideas on what is important to do at home to enhance classroom learning. We also will cover some developmental traits of this age, and how they relate to meeting the needs of this age learner.

April 8th - 14th Screen Free Week- Take the Challenge!
This year’s challenge includes a weekend, so stock up on your favorite board games and books and get ready to enjoy some healthy alternatives. All participants who have successfully completed a screen free week are invited to join us for a celebration Friday, April 14th from 5:30-7:00.

Primary Students- Pizza, Pajamas and Pages- an evening of stories.

Elementary/Junior High Students. Please bring a board game from home and plan to enjoy an evening with friends. Pizza and snacks provided.

This page last updated on 10/5/2016.

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