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.

Back to School Night
September 26, 2014
7:30 – 9:00pm
Toddler & Primary Parents
JR1 & JR2 Parents and Students

Common Ground Lecture Series:
Who is in Charge Here? Why Letting Kids Decide Is Usually Not The Right Strategy At Home
November 12, 2014
7:30pm, Princeton Day School
Presented by Dr. Leonard Sax

The World of the Child
Presented by Rita Brenner, Toddler Teacher and PCTE instructor
November 19, 2014
8:45 – 10:00

Seeing and living in the world of the child takes keen observation and some inventing on the part of the parent. Come learn how to better accommodate your child to his or her environment through the design of your home, activities and furniture. Experience the child’s world in a way you may never have thought of.

Parents of Infants and Toddlers are encouraged to attend. Click here to RSVP.

*Note: Registration is required for this event as parents will purchase Aline Wolf’s book “The World of the Child” prior to attending on the 19th.

Honoring the Will of the Child
Presented by Rita Brenner, Toddler Teacher and PCTE Instructor
January 14, 2015
8:45 – 10:00 AM

Statements like “This is my work!” “Let me do it myself!” “This is mine!” and “NO!” are shared by toddlers with their parents, sometimes several times a day. Parents don’t need to create a Montessori classroom at home but they can observe how effective language and freedom within limits are managed in the classroom then put to use the techniques that seem to work best for them. Rita Brenner will give strategies for nurturing a healthy independence in your child as he or she moves through this developmental stage. Enjoy sharing stories about life as it is with Infants and Toddlers.

Parents of Infants and Toddlers are encouraged to attend

Common Ground Lecture Series:
Financial Literacy: Helping Children Understand Money & Credit

February 10, 2015
7:30pm, The Hun School
Panel Discussion with Deborah Baker, Peter Chase, Tori Pinciotti and Tim Ranzetta

Guiding Digital Natives
March 25, 2014
8:45 – 10:00
Presented by Gwen Shangle/Tori Pinciotti

Parents today feel like Digital Immigrants raising Digital Natives, since children today have been born into a life of digital media and many parents feel like they are still learning the new language. This presentation and discussion will allow parents to feel empowered navigating the digital world and guiding their children to be smart users. We will explore the positive and educational benefits media brings to students today, as well as explore the pitfalls we need to be aware of. Parents of elementary and middle school students are invited, as well as parents of any age who want to get a head start.

Parents of Junior 1 – Middle School are encouraged to attend

Common Ground Lecture Series:
The Children We Mean to Raise and the Parents We Mean to Be

April 13, 2015
7:30pm, The Pennington School
Presented by Dr. Richard Weissbourd

Literacy Discussion & Event
April 7, 2015, Parents only
8:30 – 10:00am
Parents only: Roundtable book discussion led by Sally Luke on Diane Frankenstein’s book, Reading Together, Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read.

April 17, 2015, Parents and children attend
6:30 – 7:30pm
Junior I Parents and Children: Interactive parent-child literary evening. The evening will allow each family to share a favorite book with the class, share some classroom favorites with parents and end with a pizza dinner.

Designed for parents of Primary and Junior I children.

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.