Workshops and Lectures
Parent Education
Please see the schedule of seminars for the 2019/20 school year.
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Workshops and Lectures
Parent Education
Please see the schedule of seminars for the 2019/20 school year.
If you are not a member of MSM community, please contact us to sign up for a seminar.
October, 12th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Math Across the Levels

At this workshop, the teachers of Toddler, Casa dei Bambini and Elementary programs will tell how the mathematical thinking develops in children in the Montessori system. The teachers will show math presentations explaining how this evolution is associated with language, accuracy and logic development in the Montessori environment. Parents will have a journey into understanding of children's ability to math thinking laid down by the very nature of human being and naturally appearing at different ages.

The sequence of presentations in different Montessori programs is associated with three important principles. They allow gradual formation of knowledge which help understanding the world at the age of twelve. These knowledge combine other subjects and help to apply these discoveries in everyday life.

These principles are laid in:
- understanding of quantities and signs to express these quantities;
- math operations used in the processes of studying geometry, arithmetic and algebra;
- memorization;

Two important math processes (memorization and abstraction) lead directly to the goal of Montessori pedagogy - aid to life and independence.

The seminar will be held simultaneously in two classes of the Elementary program in Russian and English.


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October, 19th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Home Environment for 1,5 to 3 children. Part 1

At the seminar we will discuss such topics:

- What does the environment mean;
- How to organize the space at home so that the child can develop independence, skills of taking care of oneself and environment;
- Why it is important for a child to do something on his/her own;
- What can a child do at this age;
- How an adult can help a child to develop independence.

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October, 26th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Practical Life and Language in Casa dei Bambini

By the end of the second year of life the baby begins to speak sentences. This means that he accepts and understands the logic of the language, this is a step towards intellectual work.
This is the time, when adults are called upon to help the child learn the language, gradually regulating the chaotic picture. The adult's challenge is to create conditions for spontaneous, intuitive at this stage development of written and spoken language, to recreate in the child's head a strict logic and original beauty. Dr. Maria Montessori writes that almost all normal children, having received the opportunity to use specially designed Montessori material, are able to write and read by five years old and they do it very well.

Great role in the development of the child's written and oral language plays the maturity, readiness of motor skills, especially the level of hand development. Written language requires the most complex small finger movements, closely associated with higher mental processes. All this makes us pay special attention to providing a child with the conditions for his motor skills development, especially the muscles of hands and the delicate movements of fingers. Observing children between the ages of two and six, we can conclude that it is this period of a person's life that is sensible and the most receptive to spontaneous, natural development of the hand.

The seminar will be held by Ekaterina Rodionova and Susanne Ostrovsky.


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November, 16th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Home Environment for 1,5 to 3 children. Part 2

At the seminar there will be covered three topics:

- The Developmental crises: what they are and how they are related to the development of independence;
- Practical Life exercises in school and at home: this part of the seminar is about what the exercises of Practical Life are and how they help a child to develop (develop intelligence, memory, speech, self-confidence, coordination of movements and communication skills); what can you do at home and how these activities can be organized (for example, taking care of plants or cooking, baking); Svetlana will share simple recipes and experiences from class and home.
- "I dress myself": you will learn how to help a child learn to dress himself; how to organize a house so that the child develops this skill; for which it is necessary at this age (from 1 to 2,5).

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November, 23rd
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Role of a Father

The seminar will be held by Irina Moiseykina - a mother of to children, an AMI 0-3 specialist and will cover the tasks of a father during each period described below:

1. Before birth: taking care of mother. A happy mother is a happy child; creating the right prepared, appropriate home environment; attending training courses on childbirth.

2. After birth: seeing the baby as soon as possible, because there is a sensitive period of paternity.

3. Symbiotic period - what is it? The tasks of the father during this period are: to be a protective barrier for the family so that the mother can establish a special relationship with the child; father becomes in charge of older children (if the family has older children).

4. 6 months+: the father can establish the right balance of love between mother and child; teach / convey the cultural values of the family, hobbies, traditions; it is desirable to participate in the education of the child, since the relationship between the child's academic progress in school and the active participation of the father in the educational process has been scientifically proven; it also demonstrates the male pattern of behaviour and helps to shape the child's sexual identity.

The seminar will be held by Irina Moiseykina.


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November, 30th
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Understanding Cosmic Education

What are the nature and origins of linear curriculum used in a traditional education with the nature and origins of nonlinear approach to learning, which implemented in Montessori method?

What is the structure of the Cosmic Education program? Great lessons, key lessons, presentations, follow-ups and projects – how all of these create a learning environment that foster curiosity, independence and intelligence?

The purpose of this seminar is to answer to all of these questions, to supply you with a "big picture" of Cosmic Education, and to share with you a glimpse of the learning experience in the Montessori elementary environment.
The seminar will be held by Yulia Belotskaya and Dmitry Ostrovsky.

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January, 25th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rules of the Game by Elena Snarskaya. Part 1

At the first part of the training we will learn about how to be clear, concise and understandable with children. Unfortunately, our language in communicational process with a child often is saturated with too many questions, exclamations, instructions and other not very useful for understanding things. It was made in past time and we has been continuing today.

At the training we will try to move away from the traditional models and try to bring different models into the communication with children:

- We will practiced role-playing game to master the techniques of effective attention and support;
- Learn the technique of direct instruction;
- Explore our own position in the interaction with the child;
- Follow our own borders: where they go, how we hold them;
- Try to pay attention to matching a voice message and posture, gesture, glance, that accompany it.

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February, 8th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rules of the Game by Elena Snarskaya. Part 2

On the second part we will discuss the successes and difficulties, perform the analysis and consolidate our skills.
A good result of the training will be:

- Firm, clear messages to a child - avoiding unnecessary verbal messages, which are often "clog up" communication
- The adequacy of the context of the message, what's going on
- The congruence (match) of speech and body language
- Awareness of our borders when dealing with a child.

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March, 21st
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Language Development of Toddlers. Communication.
Art and Music

At the seminar we will tell you about:

- How language develops in children under 3 years old
- What factors influence the development of language
- Foreign language in this age - is it good or bad
- How to help a child in development of language
- How to communicate to a child in an effective way
- How to choose books?
- Should we teach drawing to a child?
- Hallmarks of drawing of a child under 5 years old;
- Musical development.


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April, 4th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairytales, Reading and Gadgets

At the workshop there will be covered the following:

- What kind of fairytales can be read to 0 to 6 children and which ones are not recommended;
- Svetlana will discuss benefits of reading;
- Is it a myth that Maria Montessori was against fairy tales;
- How to choose books;
- Which books are the most suitable for toddlers.

Also, Svetlana will tell why various gadgets should not be present in a child's environment and how interaction with them affects the development of the child.

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