Workshops & Events

This page is updated throughout the year to reflect current and upcoming professional learning opportunities.

2-Day Nature Workshop

April 20, 2024 and April 27, 2024
presented by AMI Trainers, Laurie Campiformio and Gerard Leonard
When: Saturday, April 20, 2024 and Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Online – Zoom link confirmed upon registration
Cost: $150 per

This Nature Workshop is an excellent opportunity for teachers to learn how experiences in nature and nature study can benefit both their students and themselves. During the workshop, there will be lectures on the benefits and importance of outdoor learning and activities, as well as discussions about how to incorporate nature study into the classroom. You will spend a little time outside during each session with directed activities, followed by reporting back to the group. This comprehensive approach is designed so that all participants come away from the workshop better informed and prepared to bring more elements of nature study and of experiences in nature into both their own lives and into the lives of the children in their classrooms.

Topics presented 

    • History of Nature and the Child
    • Current trends: How nature benefits social, emotional, and academic growth in children
    • What is Nature Study?
    • Bringing the natural world into the life of the classroom
    • Accessing nature in the schoolyard; solutions and making connections
    • Outdoor activities / “Going out” into Nature
    • Observing as a naturalist; Writing and Drawing in a Nature Journal

Finding the Hook-Engaging the Reluctant Learner

April 25, 2024
presented by AMI Trainer, Laurie Campiformio 
When: Thursday, April 25 2024  | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
Where: Online – Zoom link 
Cost: FREE

 A FREE online one hour workshop designed for anyone working in Primary Montessori Classrooms.

Get some tips and helpful strategies to use in the classroom. Meet MTCNE AMI Trainer Laurie Campiformio, soon to start a Blended 3-6 Diploma Course in June 2024 with in person sessions to be held in Melrose, Massachusetts. Professional Development Attendance Certificates Available.

0-3 Language & Material Making Workshop

May 4, 2024
presented by AMI Trainer Toko Odorczuk
When: Saturday, May 4, 2024  | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: MTCNE @ The Atrium, 1300 Hall Boulevard, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Cost: $15 per person

It is a human tendency to communicate with others. Dr. Montessori realized this, declaring “To talk is in the nature of man.” In this workshop, we will explore the extraordinary means by which the young child acquires language skills and how we might best foster this in the home and school setting. The importance of real experiences and using rich vocabulary will be discussed. Alongside the adult model, the most important language material in the environment, objects and cards may be presented to enhance language development. During this workshop, you will learn how to create a series of language materials for the toddler environment. We will discuss the basic criteria for choosing nomenclature objects and creating language cards, both identical and similar matching. Join other teachers and adults working with young children as we explore the wonder of language development for children under three years and leave with one full language set to bring back to your community or home environment.

The workshop will be led by Toko Odorczuk, Auxiliary Trainer. Most materials will be provided for the projects. Along with registration, attendees will receive a list of materials to bring for the workshop.

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