Parent Education


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Parent Education

Princeton Montessori School’s faculty and administration believe that teaching children effectively requires close collaboration between parents, teachers, and administration.  A strong supportive community is paramount and the involvement of family is an important part of the commitment to the school. Our goal is for parents and teachers to work together and support each other in educating and raising self-reliant, resilient and healthy children.

Each year, we present Parent Education workshops and discussions to help parents with the various developmental stages and challenges that arise when parenting. Topics vary and are tailored to parents of children within different age groups while complementing Montessori philosophy. Princeton Montessori School also participates in CommonGround, a collaborative effort of fourteen Princeton area independent schools. Each year, CommonGround sponsors a lecture series featuring distinguished speakers who address contemporary educational and parenting issues.

2014-15 Parent Education dates to be announced in early October. 

We look forward to seeing you at these very informative sessions. All are welcome and for many of these workshops there is no charge. For more information, contact Ann Wilson, Director, Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) at

Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) Evening Classes

Founded in 1989, the mission of Princeton Center Teacher Education (PCTE) is to educate and train adults according to the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. PCTE’s accredited teacher training programs prepares Montessori teachers of Infant and Toddler children (birth to 3 years old), Early Childhood age children (3 to 6 years old), and Elementary children (6 to 12 years old).  It provides a complete education for prospective Montessori teachers, offering quality academic and practical instruction through the experience and observation of an on-site model.

The following evening classes serve as an introduction to Montessori Philosophy and Child Development concepts. They are worthwhile for any parent interested in learning more about their children and the path that lies ahead. Nine (9) sessions, meeting from 6:00-9:00 pm each week. There is a fee. Register online.

Montessori Philosophy

6:00 – 9:00 PM; Nine sessions – Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11 (snow date);  Location: Princeton Montessori School; Instructor: Rita Brenner

The Montessori Philosophy provides the foundation for developing purposeful, responsible and fulfilling lives for children. This class is based on the principles of the Montessori method as found in the primary works of Maria Montessori and various contemporary authors. Topics covered are the study of Dr. Montessori’s life; development of the Montessori method; preparation of an environment; observation; role for the adult; nature of the child; discipline, spiritual preparation and personal development of the teacher; Montessori child care and its historical foundations.

Child Development

6:00 – 9:00 PM; 
 Nine sessions - March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21 (Snow Date); Location: Princeton Montessori School; Instructor: Gwen Shangle

The Child Development Course provides a study of basic theories of child development according to the major child developmentalists: Rousseau, Dewey, Piaget, Froebel, and Vygotsky, etc.  You will examine social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual characteristic of children at their developmental stages.  Current research based on scientific findings is woven into the lectures, videos and class discussions.