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Teacher Training at The Barrie School, Silver Spring, MD

With elementary student teachers at The Barrie School
The Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies at The Barrie School was founded in 1980 and offers Montessori teacher education programs leading to certification for the infant through elementary levels. Fifteen student teachers participated in a workshop on storytelling and cosmic education. A new thing I've added to teacher trainings and school visits is singing . . . what a great way to further deepen the insights and ideas in the stories that I tell. So simple, entertaining and educational . . . it's going to be a permanent addition to my programs. After telling a story, I ask the audience (whatever the age, no matter) what are some things that the universe does? What did you see in the story? Answers come forward right away . . . it creates, it destroys, it grows, it makes nebulae. "And what about crying and laughing?" I ask. "Does the universe cry and laugh? Are humans part of the universe? Then the universe cries and laughs." Then I weave what they say into a song. It's great fun and gets them to think even more about the unbelievable miracle of existence.

Infant and Toddler Montessori Education (ages birth – 3)
Early Childhood Montessori Education (ages 2.5 – 6)
Elementary Montessori Education
Elementary I (ages 6-9)
Elementary I-II (ages 6 – 12)
The Institute is a center of innovative curriculum development. We are committed to an exceptionally high level of intellectual excellence in Montessori teacher education. We encourage students to explore new dimensions in Montessori education.

If teaching in a Montessori classroom is in your future, I encourage you to join us for your training. It is an inspiring way to spend your summer!
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