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2014 Montessori Near You –Children Who Push Our Buttons

Capital Montessori School, Wellington, Saturday May 17
Puddleducks' Montessori Preschool, Palmerston North, Saturday May 24th
Montessori @ Bethlehem, Tauranga, Saturday August 16
Montessori House of Children, Hamilton,
Saturday September 20
Little Star Montessori, Auckland, Saturday September 27th

Workshops will run from 9-4pm

There are always children who ‘‘push our buttons’’. There is always someone who seems to need special attention - who challenges our capacity to respond effectively and patiently. But we can improve how we respond and try to find ways that are positive and calming, to avoid what is confrontative or negative - for ourselves, for the sake of the children in our care, and in communication and partnership with parents who may also need our support and insights.

There is always an upside to those children who push our particular buttons - our job as Montessori teachers is to find it.  Pam Shand will help you to focus on working in a Montessori way with the children who push your buttons…

Full registration $300
MANZ member schools and student members special rate $150
MANZ individual members special rate S200

Workshop leader: Pam Shand

Please register and pay by the following dates:

Wellington - by May 10, 2014
Palmerston North - by May 17, 2014
Tauranga - by August 9, 2014
Hamilton - by September 13, 2014
Auckland - by September 20, 2014


Pam will also be available to offer in-centre support while she is in your town or city.  She can support to your team in a number of way including exploring Montessori curriculum topics, your centre outdoor programme, developing your Montessori programme for five year olds, reviewing your Practical Life area, refreshing the more advanced Montessori materials, developing Montessori-style teamwork…..   Pam is also happy to discuss specific needs with any centre. 

The cost of this in-centre support is $500 per day. If two or more centres in one location wish to engage Pam’s support in the same week, then this daily rate may be reduced. If you are interested in engaging Pam please email:

Pam will be available the week prior and after the Montessori Near You workshops


Your centre may also like to collaborate with other centres in your area to offer a parent evening led by Pam Shand or you may wish to provide this for your own parent community.  The topic for the evening can be negotiated in advance and again, Pam will be available to offer a parent evening prior to or after the Montessori Near You workshop offered in your area. The rate for the parent evening is $300.

Pam can present on the following topics or develop an evening for your centre or a group of centres.

- Basic Montessori; how a classroom works, the learning that happens, and what the teachers are observing for and responding to….
- Supporting early literacy at home
- Exploring the possibility of a primary initiative in your area
- Montessori principles for managing behaviour at home
- Creating a Montessori-like environment at home
- Transition to school - when, why, how, what questions to ask, what to expect…..
- “What did you do today?” Learning your child won’t tell you about because they don’t know it’s happening. 

You can see Pam’s talk for parents at the MANZ Conference in 2013 at

If you are interested in engaging Pam please email:

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