As a teacher at both Princeton Montessori School and the Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE), Brenner has spent over 25 years guiding and shaping the natural enthusiasm of infants and toddlers to support their social, emotional, and intellectual development. Her talk at Princeton Montessori School on October 16 at 8:45 AM will teach parents of young children to apply the basic principles of Montessori education at home as a practical parenting strategy.
Brenner has found that authentic Montessori education is the most powerful way for children to learn. It encompasses a culture that is innovative, respectful of the child, peaceful, joyful, collaborative, child-centered, community- minded, developmentally exacting, and supported by research. Montessori classrooms include the outdoors and aid children in valuing and caring for the wonders of our Earth. At this talk, parents will learn how to bring some of these techniques into the indoor and outdoor spaces around their home.
Montessori principles include, first and foremost, respect for the child. Montessori methods work with children, not against them. Brenner encourages parents to see the world from a child’s perspective, and then create an environment that inspires more calm and less conflict. Always offer a choice, Brenner instructs. “You should be comfortable with either option,” she notes, “but can try putting your preference second. Children are more likely select the choice presented last.”
Brenner notes that a child’s first school is his or her home, and parents are the first teachers. Learning the basics of the Montessori approach can help families enjoy each other more throughout the work and play of daily life.
No RSVP is necessary; all parents of young children throughout the area are invited to visit Princeton Montessori School on Wednesday at 8:45 AM to hear this noted educator and presenter speak.
For more information, please contact Princeton Montessori School at (609) 924–4594.