MANZ Professional Events

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


MANZ Under Three Workshop with Julia Hilson

Saturday February 28- Sunday March 1, 2015
Saturday 9.30am - Sunday 3.30pm
Wee Wisdom Montessori Teina, 30 McInnes Rd, Weymouth, Auckland

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
Full registration $520 
MANZ member schools special rate $260 (includes student members and Montessori playgroups)
MANZ individual members $390 

 

Accommodation
There is accommodation available near the airport with transfer to and from the airport.
Choices include:
Holiday Inn
Ibis Hotel

Where possible we will try to assist with transport from accommodation to the workshop venue or groups may share transport.


MANZ Workshop: Supporting the Dyslexic Child in the Montessori environment

Auckland Saturday May 30, 2015
Wellington Wednesday-Thursday June 3-4, 2015 (evenings) 

 In both Montessori early childhood and primary, we work with children who do not seem to grasp various aspects of language – sounds, letters, and letter combinations – despite repeated presentations over long periods of time.  What can we do when the three-period lesson does not help the child?  How long do we persist? What else can we do? 

As many as one in five children are affected by language challenges, such as dyslexia, that are not typically diagnosed until well into primary school.  With or without a diagnosis, teachers may observe challenges with sounds.  The interests and retention of even three, four, and five year olds can signify both reading potential and potential reading struggle.    This workshop will cover characteristics of dyslexia, recommendations of the US National Reading Panel, and how to support children, both initially in early childhood and later if diagnosed with a language processing disorder.  

Dyslexic children need sequential, multi-sensory and explicit experience with the sounds and symbols of our language to read fluently. The richly prepared Montessori environment provides a plethora of language experiences for children in Children’s House and then through Cosmic Education – our three to 12 year olds – and is a wonderful environment in which to support struggling readers.

This workshop is suitable for early childhood and primary teachers, parents and interested educators and covers ages from three to 12 years.

This workshop is led by Alison Awes and is in high demand internationally with workshops in the USA, Canada and Australia planned prior to the New Zealand workshop.

Registration Costs
Full registration $320.00
MANZ Member staff and parents $160.00
MANZ Individual Members $240.00

Date for final payment Monday May 11, 2015. Places not guaranteed until payment is received.

Times
Auckland: Saturday May 30th from 9am-4.30pm
Wellington: Wednesday and Thursday June 3-4 from 6-9pm. 

Venues
Auckland - Eastern Suburbs Montessori School, 217 Riddell Rd, Glendowie.
Wellington - Wa Ora Montessori School, 278 Waddington Drive, Naenae.

 

 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. Alison holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College, a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland. She is an AMI examiner and consultant and has served on the boards of private and charter Montessori schools, as well as other organizations including the AMI Elementary Alumni Association.   An international lecturer, she has given numerous workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Ms. Awes attended Montessori school until the age of twelve.

 

 

  

 


MANZ Professional Learning for 6-12
Principles of the Prepared Environment: How the Prepared Environment Supports Cosmic Education

Wellington June 6-7, 2015, 9-4pm
Montessori @ Berhampore Primary, 105 Britomart St, Berhampore, Wellington.


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. 

Registration Costs

Full registration $540.00
MANZ Member Schools staff and parents $280.00
MANZ Individual Members $400.00
 

Date for final payment Monday May 11, 2015. Places not guaranteed until payment is received.

 

 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. Alison holds a B.A. in Art History from Smith College, a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland. She is an AMI examiner and consultant and has served on the boards of private and charter Montessori schools, as well as other organizations including the AMI Elementary Alumni Association.   An international lecturer, she has given numerous workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Ms. Awes attended Montessori school until the age of twelve.

 

 


  


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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