MANZ Professional Events

Professional events for teachers in Montessori centres and schools in New Zealand

 Magical Montessori Mystery Bus Tour 2014

Saturday November 1, 10am -3.30pm

The inaugural 2013 Montessori Mystery Bus Tour in Auckland was a roaring success. Another bus tour is planned for Saturday November 1 … we can’t tell you which centres you will visit since it is a MYSTERY, but the tour will call in on five Montessori centres from West Harbour to the Shore and back.

You will visit two new 3-6 centres, a centre with under threes and two  established 3-6 centres. It is a wonderful day of visiting and networking on the bus


Tour leaves from Little Star Montessori, 21 Buisson Glade, West Harbour at 10am..
Please bring your own packed lunch and hot drinks will be provided on-route.

2014 Montessori Near You –Children Who Push Our Buttons

New Plymouth Montessori, New Plymouth, Saturday August 9
Montessori @ Bethlehem, Tauranga, Saturday August 16
Montessori House of Children, Hamilton, Saturday September 20
Little Star Montessori, Auckland, Saturday September 27th

Montessori @ Mosgiel, Mosgiel, Saturday October 18th

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:
New Plymouth - by August 2, 2014
Tauranga - by August 9, 2014
Hamilton - by September 13, 2014
Auckland - by September 20, 2014

Dunedin - by October 10, 2014

What's On in 2015-16?

MANZ Under Three Workshop with Julia Hilson
Saturday February 28-March 1, 2015

This two-day workshop with Julia Hilson will focus on under threes. What do you need to know about Montessori philosophy that is important for this age group? How is a Montessori under three environment different from the 3-6 prepared social and physical environment? These are more questions will be answered over the two days.

This two day workshop is an opportunity for teachers and parents to gain an appreciation of the Montessori approach for babies, infants and toddlers under three years of age. The principles will draw on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy together with current understandings about the development and psychology of the young child.

You will learn about relevant differences between the children under three and the Montessori approach for 3-6 year olds. An overview of Montessori theory and practice, following the child’s natural development and focusing on the period from conception to age three will include the physical, psychological and developmental needs of the child. You will gain an understanding of the child’s absorbent mind and the sensitive periods important at this time of life.

Julia will outline the critical importance of observation with the 0-3 child and give practical ideas about how the environment needs to be prepared and what you should try to achieve in the 0-3 environment. She will help you understand how to work with young children from birth to three and outline why, when and how parents can be involved. Julia will focus on the environment being ‘fit-for-purpose’ and provide ideas and examples of how you can provide for the particular needs and cultures of the children attending in your setting.

Julia Hilson

Julia holds AMI diplomas for 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12. Following several visits to remote indigenous communities she was asked by Montessori Children’s Foundation to move with her family to Thursday Island and establish the Montessori stream at Tagai State College in Torres Strait in 2009.  This initiative has now grown to include two 3-6 Montessori Classes within the Tagai Primary School and nine parent/toddler groups on separate islands throughout the Torres Strait.  Julia is in the final stages of completing the Training of Trainers Programme to become an AMI 0-3 trainer.   Her special interest lies in empowering and supporting adults from indigenous communities to assume the roles of guides and teachers within their communities – with special emphasis on parenting and early childhood programmes.

Registrations will open soon.

MANZ Workshops with Alison Awes
Supporting Children with Dyslexia in Montessori from 3-12
The physical and psychological prepared environment for 6-12
May 30, June 3-4 and June 6-7, 2015

Workshop: Supporting the Dyslexic Child in Montessori: Auckland Sat May 30 and Wellington June 3-4 (evenings)

Dyslexic children need sequential, multi-sensory and explicit experience with the sounds and symbols of our language to read fluently. The richly prepared environment provides a plethora of language experiences for the preschool and primary-aged child. This workshop will cover characteristics of dyslexia, recommendations of the US National Reading Panel, and how to support the dyslexic child in a Children’s House and then through Cosmic Education. This workshop is suitable for early childhood and primary teachers, parents and interested educators.

Workshop: Principles of the Prepared Environment: How the Prepared Environment Supports Cosmic Education: Wellington June 6-7

This workshop will explore the details of the psychological and physical prepared environment for the elementary (6-12) child.  In addition to the theoretical aspects of Cosmic Education and the characteristics of the child, Alison will also address how to encourage and inspire meaningful work including how to generate interest, inspire follow up work, and increase the variety of work in the 6-12 classroom without using imposed assignments or teacher directed activities.

She will provide practical advice on the organization and maintenance of your classroom as well as working with parents, administrators, and staff.  Refresh and energize your spirit with ideas for improving your work while remaining calm and focused on the essential priorities of a successful Montessori classroom.  This workshop is suitable for primary teachers in Montessori 6-12 classes.

Alison Awes
Alison Awes is the Director of Elementary Training at the Montessori Center of Minnesota, Assoziation Montessori Schweiz, and the Co-Director of Elementary Training at the Maria Montessori Institute, London. She holds AMI diplomas for 3-6 and 6-12 and has taught in both six-to-nine and nine-to-twelve classrooms.

Registrations will open soon.

MANZ Workshops with Carla Foster
Supporting Children with Literacy in Montessori 3-12
From Constructive Triangles to Pythagoras
Montessori May 15-16 and May 21-22, 2016

Another set of weekend workshops are being organised with Carla Foster, director of training from the Montessori Centre of New England for 2016. Carla will led two workshops that are for teachers from three to 12 including the Montessori approach to literacy and a workshop that focuses on geometry in the Montessori environment – From Constructive Triangles to Pythagoras. The workshop details and venues still to be confirmed.

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