Language Progression Workshop
Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

Language Progression Workshop

Children are naturally taking in language because of the Absorbent Mind. It is important we remember that the richer a prepared environment, the more a child’s development will grow. This workshop will explore why we need to be spending more time doing spoken language with children for the long term results we are seeking - writing and reading. Participants will examine the progression of language development starting with speaking, writing, and then reading. We will also take a closer look into the relationship between the brain and the use of language, and how the Montessori prepared environment aids in the child’s development.

Location: Montessori Academy of Colorado
Time: 9:00 - 3:00
Cost : $75 (lunch provided)

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Beyond English Workshop
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Beyond English Workshop

Children under the age of six benefit from the Absorbent Mind effortlessly by taking in the languages used by adults in their environment. Spoken language is the most important component during this time. In many parts of the world, humans grow up immersed in multiple languages and young children simply absorb the nuance and syntax when used in the immediate environment. Language diversity reflects the equality amongst cultures integrated within a place, and our environments embrace all cultures by honoring all forms of communication. In this workshop, we are exploring ways to provide young children a language diverse prepared environment and how to honor their first language. Participants will walk away with new ideas to add to their tool box, while embracing the power of the Absorbent Mind, Sensitive Periods, and Human Tendencies.

Time :: 9:00-3:00

Cost :: $75 (lunch provided)

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Music Appreciation Workshop
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Music Appreciation Workshop

  • 6001 West 16th Avenue Lakewood, CO, 80214 United States (map)
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Music is a universal means of self-expression, and unique in every culture. Children are naturally drawn to music. When exposed to a rich variety of instruments, styles, and composers, children form auditory impressions that lay the groundwork for future studies in music, art, history, and cultural geography. In this workshop, participants will learn about the progression of music appreciation materials and how to use them at home or in the Primary classroom. You don’t need to be a musician to appreciate music with children!

Time : 9:00 - 12:00
Cost : $40 with light refreshments

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Movement and Mindfulness in the Classroom
Jan
11
8:30 AM08:30

Movement and Mindfulness in the Classroom

Humans are born to move, along with being a natural expression of the mind. Only through providing opportunities for purposeful movement, can the child learn to control his body with his mind. The ultimate result is that the mind can order the body to inhibit all movements and reach silence. Mindfulness, for young children, is the ability to control the body to do what they want to do. We want to allow for real purposeful movement. Participants will explore their own movements as adults, and how they can assist children in the classroom through the use of guided purposeful movements.

Time: 8:30-10:00
Cost : FREE (Please register on the Colorado Montessori Association webpage)

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Art Appreciation Workshop
Jan
11
10:30 AM10:30

Art Appreciation Workshop

  • 6001 West 16th Avenue Lakewood, CO, 80214 United States (map)
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Walk into a Primary classroom, and it’s likely that one of the first things you’ll notice is a beautiful selection of artwork on the walls. As teachers, we share art with children as a means of cultivating their appreciation of beauty, offering them cultural stories, and inspiring their imagination. It’s crucial, therefore, that the artwork in our classrooms is dynamic and diverse, and that we are successful in encouraging children to engage with it. In this workshop, AMI Primary trainer, Jack Yu will discuss how we can introduce art history to children as a means of developing their self-expression, motor skills, and reflective thinking. Jack will share examples of his own art appreciation curriculum and participants will leave with new resources for creating classroom materials and engaging children through art.

Time :: 10:30 - 1:30 PM

Cost :: $40 with light refreshments

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Food as a Vehicle for Education
Feb
8
9:00 AM09:00

Food as a Vehicle for Education

Food has a unique and daily role in human life. Preparing and eating food not only satisfies our basic needs, but is an expression of our culture and a means of caring for our community. Children are naturally driven to participate in food preparation - it engages all their senses and allows them to emulate the skills of adults. Whether at home or in the classroom, providing food preparation experiences to children is an empowering process that supports their independence and self-confidence. In this workshop, AMI Primary trainer, Jack Yu will examine food through a developmental lens and explore how we can incorporate it into the culture of our classrooms, including traditional holiday foods and seasonal produce. Your children will be delighted to scrub, peel, chop, stir, and bake in service of their classroom community.

Time : 9:00-12:00
Cost : FREE (Please register on the Colorado Montessori Association webpage)

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Cultural Folder Workshop
Mar
4
5:00 PM17:00

Cultural Folder Workshop

  • 6001 West 16th Avenue Lakewood, CO, 80214 United States (map)
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The Primary child’s understanding of the world grows from their own immediate sensorial experience. Therefore, when we introduce geography, it’s important to base our exploration upon what is similar in countries around the world, rather than what is different. What does a school look like in Argentina, or a city park in Egypt? What foods do people eat and where do they do their shopping? When a child has these cultural stories in mind, their work with the Puzzle Maps becomes much more interesting and purposeful. It’s always a good idea to update the pictures in your classroom’s Cultural Folders. Come spend an evening with local educators - you’ll leave with fresh inspiration to create a beautiful set of geography pictures and new stories to share with your children.

Time :: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cost :: $30 with light refreshments and supplies

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Material Making for Spoken Language Workshop
Apr
11
9:00 AM09:00

Material Making for Spoken Language Workshop

  • 6001 West 16th Avenue Lakewood, CO, 80214 United States (map)
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The child’s total absorption and re-creation of language between birth and age six is one of the true miracles of human development. Spoken language is the foundation for this development and a key element in the child’s acclimation to their culture. Children absorb language very quickly! It is therefore the never-ending work of the Primary guide to create and maintain rich and varied spoken language materials. As teachers, we take on this daunting task because we realize how important it is to quench children’s thirst for language. Participants in this workshop will discuss the progression of spoken language exercises, how to manage a collection of language cards, and the preparation of the adult in offering spoken language. Each participant will create a set of language cards for their classroom and leave with new resources for enriching their spoken language lessons.

Time :: 9:00 - 12:00
Cost :: $60 includes material cost

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Sewing Workshop
May
9
9:00 AM09:00

Sewing Workshop

  • 6001 West 16th Avenue Lakewood, CO, 80214 United States (map)
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Instead of ordering aprons, pouches or folders from a catalogue, what if you could make them? Children are naturally drawn to the beauty of varying textures and colors in fabric. With handmade materials, this sensorial enrichment can take place throughout your home or classroom! This workshop will start with a discussion of fabrics and their cultural connotations. Participants will learn basic sewing skills by hand and/or using a sewing machine - all levels are welcome. At the end of the workshop, you will have a finished, handmade product and a fresh understanding of how to share it with children. Enjoy a relaxing morning of sewing and leave with renewed inspiration for beautifying your learning environment.

Cost :: $50 plus material cost based on chosen project (light refreshments)

(SPACE IS LIMITED)

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