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Lifelong learning and parent education at MSR

The Montessori approach to education is designed to instill a love of learning in children which they will carry with them throughout their lives. Keeping curiosity and inquiry alive is central to the "natural learning" espoused by Maria Montessori and practiced at The Montessori School of Raleigh. This notion of lifelong learning is integrated into every grade-level experience at MSR and extends to the adult community through employee professional development and parent education.

The Montessori approach to education is designed to instill a love of learning in children which they will carry with them throughout their lives. Keeping curiosity and inquiry alive is central to the "natural learning" espoused by Maria Montessori and practiced at The Montessori School of Raleigh. This notion of lifelong learning is integrated into every grade-level experience at MSR and extends to the adult community through employee professional development and parent education.

This year, the MSR Parent Education Program, fondly known as PEP, has been reimagined to combine developmentally-specific information by grade-level with broader programming relevant to parents with children of any age. This two-pronged approach to parent education consists of the Whole Child Series with a focus on programming relevant for parents with children of any age; and the Montessori Parent Series designed to provide parents with grade-level programming addressing specific stages of child development. 

The 2021-2022 PEP Whole Child Series gets underway with a virtual presentation from Katherine McLean, Ph.D., titled Navigating COVID on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m..  A licensed psychologist/health services provider and an assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine/Endocrine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Dr. McLean will discuss cognitive behavior and how children process complex emotions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. She will offer insights and coping strategies to help parents help themselves and their children navigate the next phase of our collective and personal COVID experience. 

In November the PEP Whole Child Series continues as MSR welcomes Simone Davies, renowned author of The Montessori Baby: A Parent's Guide to Nurturing Your Baby with Love, Respect, and Understanding and The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being. Davies will speak with MSR faculty and parents about the Montessori approach to teaching and learning. In March, Casey Martin of CelebrateCalm wraps up the PEP Whole Child series with a presentation on restoring calm in your family life - complete with tips on how to stop defiance and sibling fights, o get kids to listen the first time, and to discipline without escalating situations.  

The PEP Montessori Parent Series kicks off this fall with grade-level education for parents of children toddler through grade 12. During a week in both October and January, parents will have the opportunity to explore programming specific to their child's developmental stage including SafeChild training, helping your child learn to self-regulate, transitioning to middle and high school, social media safety, and others. 

More about PEP at The Montessori School of Raleigh can be found here.