Saturday, January 19th


The Montessori Teacher Assistant; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

An Introduction to the principles of Montessori Theory and Method, the Curriculum areas and the important work of the Montessori Adult in the classroom.  This workshop will explain the characteristics of the Early Childhood and Elementary level students and the importance of the Montessori prepared learning environment.  The role and responsibility of the Montessori adult, classroom management and professional interaction with parents and co-workers will be addressed.  Presenter, Vickie Turnamian has been a Lead Classroom Teacher at West End Montessori School for over 10 years.  She is VCMS’s Practical Life Instructor and has a strong understanding of the role of the Assistant in the classroom.   Cost is $100 per person.



The Power of 26 Symbols:  From Writing to Reading; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm  

THE MOVEABLE ALPHABET:  The iconic Montessori material that concretely demonstrates the concept that writing precedes reading.  Rediscover the possibilities to unlock creative expression, develop writing skills and build a foundation for decoding and blending.  Use the child’s interests to explore the intricacies of the alphabet … the power of 26 symbols!  Presenter:  Mary MacIntosh; Mary MacIntosh holds a M.Ed, and AMI Early Childhood Certification, with over 25 years of classroom  teaching and adult education experience.  Her professional career includes Montessori Head of School positions and educational consulting.  She is a regular presenter at AMS conferences and local Montessori schools.   Cost:  $50 per person


Make It and Take It:  Food preparation ideas that you can use!; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Food Preparation is a wonderful Montessori classroom experience, but it can seem overwhelming and labor intensive.  Come and learn some great food preparation ideas and new ways to make it easy for your school to do food preparation every week!  Participants will make and take one complete food preparation activity to use in their classroom. Presenter:  Kelley Granger; Kelley Granger is a Certified Montessori Teacher with over 15 years of experience in the classroom.   Food preparation is a weekly activity in her class and she developed a summer program for cooking in a Montessori environment.  Cost:  $70 per person (includes materials)


 8:30 am Gathering for Coffee and Bagels. Workshops begin promptly at 9:00.    

A 10% discount is offered to schools sending three or more participants. 

A Professional Development Certificate will be awarded.


 The Mission of the Montessori Adult is one of service to the child!