Discover Montessori 2013

5 March 2017 • Parenting

The second Discover Montessori was held in Wellington, New Zealand in April, 2013. We hope you enjoy the videos from this event.

Montessori – remarkable and life-long (approx 30min)

Pam Shand

Montessori education has a reputation for providing young children with a calm, peaceful environment in which to learn, with respectful teachers willing to coach and mentor, producing good academic outcomes for children.  But much more than this is achieved. Pam explains how the culture of a Montessori classroom is itself a dynamic teacher, and although this curriculum is “hidden,” the outcomes are remarkable and lifelong.  She shares how Montessori graduates, reflecting back, constantly credit their Montessori years for important gifts of consciousness.


Montessori – A Few Favourite Things  (approx 30min)

Richard Goodyear

Richard has been involved in Montessori for nearly ten years and he shares ‘a few of his favourite things’ about the learning the children engage in and the character and community building fostered in Montessori 6-12 year classes.

  • Wide eyed expressions and daily connections
  • Taking their work to extremes of volition
  • Cube root and learning about the three kings
  • These are a few of my favourite things
    (To a certain tune from ‘The Sound of Music’…)


Five Montessori ideas that we have used to guide our parenting  (approx 30min)

Sola Freeman

Sola explains how using concepts drawn from Montessori philosophy of respect, independence, responsibility, cooperation and contribution to guide her parenting choices influenced the expectations she and her husband  had of their four children when they were very young and the home environment created for them. “Not only did it mean we had a calm and cooperative family life then – even better it has continued to pay dividends with the way our children are able to self-manage, be respectful and contribute to family life now.”


Understanding Development from Infancy to Adulthood  (approx 30min)

Jan Gaffney

Children start at birth as dependent beings and end up as independent, thinking, contributing members of society. What is it helps them develop this way? What are the child’s needs at infancy, childhood, adolescence and how can we better understand their development and support them to develop into ‘self-actualised’ adults? Jan explains the Montessori concept of the ‘planes of development’ from infancy to adulthood  and shows how this can lead us to better understand not only the development of our children, but also to reflect on our own journey to adulthood.

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