Thank you to our presenters that have made available these sessions for all our attendees, you will be receiving access in your post-Conference package
Pre-Recorded Sessions, 2021
These sessions will be available after the conference
Cultivating Mind-Body Harmony: Physical Literacy in Montessori
In her book The Absorbent Mind, Dr. Montessori wrote: “Movement helps the development of the mind, and this finds renewed expression in further movement and activity. It follows that we are dealing with a cycle, because mind and movement are parts of the same entity.” In essence, mind and body are closely intertwined, and their harmonious interaction constitutes a cornerstone of child development.
In this presentation, we will explore movement as an essential component in Montessori. We will further delve into how, by mindfully building physical literacy, we can further support mind-body harmony and better prepare the whole child for life.
No Laughing Grey Matter: connection, harmony, and levity through improvisational play
Montessori and improv share the principle of bringing the brain to its highest functioning by fostering empathy, gratitude, and narrative storytelling. Besides this great brain science, improvisation is simply fun to participate and experience together. In this interactive and hands-on workshop, administrators and practitioners will be introduced to the basic tenets of theatrical improvisation and how this playful art form supports Montessori pedagogy in terms of emotional/social learning and curricular integration. Attendees will participate in large and small group activities which can immediately be applied to the classroom, and also with teaching teams. Improv techniques will be linked to executive functioning, brain integration, and group collaboration.