How Nature, The Environment, Music and Movement Relate to Literacy in the 0-3 classroom.
The Montessori Training Center of Brentwood is offering a one day workshop in which educators can receive 6 hours of Professional Development credit, specifically in literacy. In this workshop, will be exploring topics of child development in relation to behavior, literacy, sensory processing, music and movement. This workshop focuses specifically on 0-3, but is open to anyone wanting to learn more about this foundational age of development.

The workshop takes place Saturday, January 26th from 8am-3pm, doors open at 7:30am. The fee is $65, pre-registration is required (see below). Checks can be made out to MTCOB, no credit cards accepted. The workshop is held at Montessori Academy, 6021 Cloverland Drive, Brentwood TN. Contact Emily with any questions: emily@mtcob.org MTCOB.org

8-10 : Nature Literacy by Helen Nonn
Helen Nonn is a lifelong educator. She began her teaching career early in life teaching classrooms full of stuffed animals.Helen graduated from University of Tennessee with her Masters in special education and went on to teach special education in  Madison Wisconsin public schools for 6 years. After leaving Madison Helen focused on raising her own children. She completed her Lifeways North America training in 2016 and created a blended program (Reggio, Montessori, Waldorf) in a Montessori Preschool in Lexington KY. After two years Helen left the classroom to homeschool  her three boys. Helen currently homeschools and writes professional development with a focus on self care, nature and play. She dreams of opening her own school that blends pedagogies and honors teachers

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The Nature Literacy workshop for Infants and Toddlers Teachers will examine how getting children outside in nature helps develop pre-literacy skills, everything from developing visual discrimination to the physical strength needed when reading. We will discuss ideas to engage infants and toddlers in nature as well as how to bring nature into the classroom. In the final part of this workshop will learn  seasonal verses and fingerplays to use with young children.   

10-10:30 Coffee
Coffee Break provided my MTCOB
10:30-12:30 How the Montessori Environment shapes development of the child by Jessica White
In this session we will be looking into how children's every encounter with their environment is important to help support their development. This can be through the physical work or through engagement with others. We as guides have a responsibility to offer the children a rich child-centered environment, both through the materials that are in our class along with being a spiritually prepared adult. We will dive deeper into the ways that guides can offer a richer environment through the preparation of self. From how we can shape our words, tone, and even mental state to be fully prepared for the children each day. Jessica is an AMS certified IT teacher.
12:30-1:00 Lunch
Please bring a lunch
1:00-3:00 Music, Movement, and Literacy by Janene Becker
Music and Movement: Do you have transitions that could use some help? Do you want to know ways to build literacy, help sooth a child having separation anxiety, and create harmony in your environment? Music can be a great tool for all of these things. Janene Becker is an AMS certified Montessori Toddler teacher as well as a singer songwriter with a passion for music. In this workshop, Janene will share songs she has written and used in her toddler environment. She will also talk about the importance of music and movement for brain development.
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