We are very fortunate to have Leena Savolainen facilitating these workshops. Leena was to come and do a face-to-face workshop this year but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions we have modified it so it can be delivered virtually using ZOOM as our format. We will be covering separate topics in each of the workshops.
The workshops are designed for both parents/whānau and kaiako (Montessori and non-Montessori trained) – in fact for anyone who has tamariki who are under 3 years at their early learning service or home.
Date: Saturday 31 October 2020
1. Collaboration 0-3: The Journey to Independence – Let’s Work Together!
Tamariki, under three years, are developing the skills of independence and it is through their experiences in the environment that these skills can grow. Using Montessori principles, in this workshop we will consider the ways we can work with tamariki to foster their autonomy, provide the freedom to make choices, and develop their capacity to become self-sufficient. We will focus on supporting young children to achieve independence in toileting, dressing, food preparation, language and movement.
Time: 9.30 am – 11.30 am
2. Challenging Conversations 0-3: Tips to Foster Respectful Dialogue
Our lives are filled with conversations, and being able to communicate with empathy and authenticity is a skill we can all develop. In our relationships with tamariki there is joy, fun, love and connection; and then in other moments there is despair, frustration, confusion and more. In this workshop we will discuss practical strategies we can use to be present even in challenging situations, and where we can approach conversations without judgement.
Please join us if you are keen to find ways that you can communicate with children, families, whānau and colleagues, where everyone has a better chance to be heard and understood.
Time: 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Cost: MANZ Member school $70, MANZ Individual member $105, Full registration $145
Registration: Your registration includes access for both workshops. When your registration is received we will forward you the ZOOM link for access.
Facilitator: Leena Savolainen
Leena Savolainen has been part of the ISMS community since 2003 when her eldest daughter began preschool. Over the years her enthusiasm for the Montessori approach to education has grown as she has witnessed the benefits for her own children and countless other families.
Leena was inspired to become an AMI trained 0 – 3 educator as she believes that the relationships and experiences in early childhood lay the foundation for the adult we become.
She has a background in counselling, public health, adult education, biology, and science communication. She has worked in educational settings in a variety of contexts for over 25 years. Leena is passionate about her role in supporting parents and their children in Montessori environments. In addition to her formal training, Leena is a mother of four children: two daughters and two sons from 9 to 20 years of age.