Upcoming educational events

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Guided by Baby: Free Montessori-inspired Parent Talks

Every Month

Fountain Valley • 1st Tuesdays
9790 Finch Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Irvine • 2nd Tuesdays
1 Technology Drive, Building A, Irvine, CA 92618
Huntington Beach • 3rd Tuesdays
16081 Waikiki Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Northern San Diego/Encinitas • 4th Tuesdays
520 Balour Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
LA South Bay/Palos Verdes area • 4th Tuesdays
2342 PCH, Lomita, CA 90717
San Francisco • 3rd Tuesdays
Recess Urban Recreation, 470 Carolina Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

During pregnancy, you’ve researched or attended classes on the birth process, learned how to diaper your baby and feed him. Now you’re home with your newborn—and wondering, what now? Join us for free parenting talks. Go beyond the basics, and understand your baby and this beautiful yet challenging time at a different level. Each month, we’ll cover a different topic: how to set up your home for baby, how to support natural language development and movement, how dads can be optimally involved during pregnancy and the bonding period. Leave empowered to truly savor the first critical months with your baby, and to help her truly flourish.

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Irvine Mandarin Grand Opening Event

Saturday, October 25 • 10:00am – 12:00pm
LePort Montessori Irvine Mandarin • 3935 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606

Bring your children and enjoy our Grand Opening festivities as we unveil our new classrooms and natural playground. You will get a chance to meet the teachers, have your questions answered, and see if this is the right fit for your toddler or preschooler.

We will show you how children thrive during their critical early years of development in LePort’s rich Montessori environment combined with Mandarin immersion. We will share with you the long term benefits of early bilingualism and how the Montessori Mandarin immersion approach is the best way for your child to become fluent in Mandarin with ease and confidence. We’ll discuss program details, pricing, and timing as well. You will leave with a lot of food for thought as you decide on your toddler’s or preschooler’s important early education.

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Open House and Parent Talk: Five Montessori Tips to Early Literacy

Saturday, November 1st, 10am-12pm
LePort Montessori School Irvine Westpark • 1055 San Marino, Irvine, CA 92614

How do Montessori children learn to read well by kindergarten? Learn about common early literacy mistakes to avoid, and discover five Montessori-inspired ideas you can playfully use at home with your toddler or preschooler. Talk begins at 10:30 am.

Our Saturday Open House events are a great way to meet our teachers, get your questions answered, and learn about our Montessori educational approach. You and your family will have the opportunity to walk through our classrooms, experience our playgrounds, and see how LePort differs from other preschools in the area. You will leave with a lot of food for thought as you make your decision about your child’s education.

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Spanish Immersion Open House & Parent Info Session

Saturday, November 15th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • Huntington Harbor School
16081 Waikiki Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

We invite you to discover Spanish Immersion Montessori for toddler and preschool children. At this event you will meet our Spanish Immersion teachers, see our beautiful classrooms, and explore our spacious playgrounds. We will share with you how our unique Spanish Immersion program works with our authentic Montessori approach. You will get your questions answered and learn how children graduate kindergarten speaking, reading, and writing bilingually – in Spanish and English!

Join us at 10:30am to hear more details about our Spanish Immersion option for toddlers and preschoolers. It is a unique program where children acquire dual language skills while still receiving LePort’s rich Montessori education. You will learn about the many benefits of early bilingualism and why attending the right program can literally change your child’s life.

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Holiday Gift Giving: Montessori-Inspired Ideas

Saturday, December 6th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am • Fountain Valley School 
9790 Finch Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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Carlsbad Village Open House Event

Saturday, November 8th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm • Carlsbad Village Campus
3016 Highland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

We invite you to visit our classrooms and discover our playgrounds with your child. Meet our teachers and hear them explain how they help each child thrive in LePort’s Montessori classroom. Get your questions answered, and leave with a lot of food for thought as you make your decision about your child’s education.

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Open House & Parent Talk: Five Montessori Tips to Early Literacy

Saturday, November 1st, 10 am – 12 pm • Encinitas Campus
520 Balour Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

How do Montessori children learn to read well by kindergarten? Learn about common early literacy mistakes to avoid, and discover five Montessori-inspired ideas you can playfully use at home with your toddler or preschooler.

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Parent Info Event: Why LePort Montessori?

Wednesday, October 1st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 5th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Holiday Inn Civic Center, 50 Eighth Street, San Francisco

Montessori is an interesting educational approach! Some parents think it's too structured and academic. Interestingly, just as many parents think it's too free-flowing and chaotic. How come? As Montessori isn't a trademarked term, anyone can call their school "Montessori," and Montessori schools vary widely in their interpretation of the method. At this talk, you'll learn the four key characteristics of an authentic Montessori program. You'll understand better how Montessori compares to your other choices (such as Waldorf or play-based preschools), and how Montessori (done well) contributes to your child's flourishing, both in childhood and as she grows to be an adult. You'll leave better equipped to choose between the many Montessori and other preschool options available in San Francisco.

If you are interested in enrolling your child for preschool starting in January 2015 (when we open) or for spring/summer 2015, you'll be able to gather application information at the event so you can secure a spot. For infants and toddlers, you'll learn how to join our waitlist, as both programs are currently full. We do expect many move-ups in spring-summer, though, so if you join the waitlist now, your chances of enrolling an infant or toddler next year are quite good.

This is a free event. Parking at the hotel (with validation) is $12 for event attendees. Otherwise, come via public transport: the venue is very close to MUNI and to Civic Center BART.

RSVPs are requested, as previous events have filled up.

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Featured Speaker Event: Dr. Steve Hughes
"Modern Parenting: Tips, Tricks & Traps"

Monday, October 20th, 7pm - 9pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center
1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

This talk examines the consequences of current trends in parenting behavior. We all want our children to be happy, successful, and to possess good self-esteem. What are the best ways to achieve these goals? The rules have changed over the past generation. Are parents erring on the side of being too strict or too permissive? What do we know about what works (and is it okay to say "no" to my toddler?).

With the experience born of 15 years of clinical practice, Dr. Hughes's presentation traces the development of the self-esteem "movement" and reviews some of the surprising (and relieving) results of research examining modern parenting practices. He closes with a set of practical recommendations on how to "stay out of his clinic" by following sensible, research-proven strategies to raise happy, helpful children with authentic self-esteem.

This is a free event. If you'd like to support us in brining more great speakers to San Francisco, we'd appreciate a suggested donation of $10 per attendant at the door. All funds raised will go toward supporting scholarships for children who otherwise could not afford an authentic Montessori education.

RSVP is requested, as Dr. Hughes usually draws big crowds and we want to make sure that everyone attending will have a seat.

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Guided by Baby: Free Montessori-Inspired Parent Talks

October Topic: Preparing Your Home for Baby's Arrival
Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

What should you put on your baby registry-and what popular items should you avoid? In this informative (and at times thought-provoking!) talk, we'll equip you with some core principles and practical tips on how to set up the four key areas of your home-sleeping, feeding, personal care and movement.

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Parent Info Event: Celebrating the Holidays with Children: Montessori-inspired Gifting and Holiday Rituals

Thursday, November 13th, 7pm - 9pm

Recess Urban Recreation
470 Carolina Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Holidays with children can be a wonderful time for bonding, for making family traditions, for showing appreciation and enriching our lives with thoughtful purchases. They can also be stressful, chaotic, and filled with gifts that cause more clutter than joy.

With the holidays coming up, many parents (and grandparents, relatives and friends) are looking for thoughtful gifts, gifts that foster a child's independence, curiosity and overall well-being. At this talk, we'll share with you ideas for Montessori-inspired holiday gifts that foster children's independence. You'll learn what to look for in gifts for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. We'll also share some ideas on family rituals that can grow with you as you reimagine the holidays each year with your growing child.

RSVP is requested, as our event space at Recess can only hold 50 people and prior events have been quite crowded.

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Parent Info Evening: Fostering Independence, the Montessori Way

Thursday, November 13th, 7pm - 9pm
At an age where "helicopter parenting" is a well-known term, how much should parents actually do for their children-and what level of independence can you reasonably expect? In this talk, we'll discuss why independence and a certainamount of risk taking are essential for a healthy childhood. You'll learn why independence matters-from building confidence to fostering better judgment. You'll also get ideas on how to support your child's independence at home, during the preschool and elementary years. You'll leave with resources, from a chores checklist to information on where to buy child-sized tools that support your child's budding independence at home.

While we currently offer programs from kindergarten through 3rd grade at our Emeryville elementary school, this talk will also cover the preschool years. The talk will finish at 8:30pm. Those interested in our elementary program are invited to stay until 9pm for a casual guided tour of our Montessori elementary school environment. RSVP is requested, as seating in our multi-purpose area is limited to around 25 people.

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Elementary School Open House

Saturday, December 6th, 10am - 12pm
Join us for a casual school tour. We'll show you our classroom (which doesn't look like a classroom at all!), our kitchen, art area and library. Discover our intimate, urban one-room schoolhouse-a place where you might wish you got to spend your days! Our staff will be there to guide you around the Montessori environment, and answer your questions about Montessori education for the elementary school years.

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Parent Info Event: Montessori Math vs. Common Core

Saturday, December 6th, 10:30am - 11:30pm
With the Common Core curriculum being rolled out, many parents are concerned about their children's math education during the elementary school years. Common Core math is an interesting approach-one that simultaneously delays concrete multi-digit arithmetic to later in the elementary years, while pushing more abstract concepts to the earlier years. In Montessori, we follow a very different approach! Our math curriculum uses scientifically designed, concrete materials, carefully sequenced to progress from concretes to abstraction. As many Montessori parents say, Montessori math alone is worth considering a Montessori program!

In this talk, we'll discuss some of the key differences between Montessori math and other approaches. You'll also have the opportunity to try out a few Montessori math materials yourself, as we'll have such interesting items as the "multiplication checkerboard" and the "trinomial cube" out for you to work with. While this talk focuses on Montessori math in elementary school, we will also cover the preschool years, as Montessori math is an integrated curriculum from age three to sixth grade and beyond! RSVP is requested, as seating in our multi-purpose area is limited to around 25 people.

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Understanding Pedagogy: Progressive, Classical/Traditional and Montessori
A Parent Workshop

Wednesday, January 14th, 6pm - 8pm
How do you decide what school to enroll your child at? While there are many factors that are obvious-from facilities to extracurricular activities, from teacher qualifications to class size-one of the most important factors to consider is more hidden and harder to assess. This factor is the school's pedagogical approach-the "how" of the teaching your child will experience day in and day out. Pedagogical approaches can be quite different between schools and can have a fundamental impact not only on what your child learns, but also the person she becomes through repeated experiences in her school environment. At this workshop, you'll experience progressive, classical/traditional and Montessori pedagogy in an engaging group exercise, and will gain a deeper understanding of how to choose between schools based on which pedagogical approach you'd like your child to experience in her elementary years.

This is a free event for families already enrolled at LePort School Emeryville and for prospective families. Prospective family spots are limited to 10 adults, so please RSVP to reserve your spot.

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Elementary School Open House

Saturday, January 24th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Join us for a casual school tour. We'll show you our classroom (which doesn't look like a classroom at all!), our kitchen, art area and library. Discover our intimate, urban one-room schoolhouse - a place where you might wish you got to spend your days! Our staff will be there to guide you around the Montessori environment, and answer your questions about Montessori education for the elementary school years.

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Parent Info Event: Becoming an Expert Reader: The How of Joyful, Effective Literacy Instruction

Saturday, January 24th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Learning to read well - to read effortlessly and to absorb and understand the content of what he reads - is one of the most fundamental skills a child needs to master during the elementary years. Many American children fumble with this task - even children from supportive, engaged families. Why is this?

In this talk, we'll explain just why reading to learn in English is such a daunting task (English-speaking children, on average, take 3-4 years longer than Italian or German children to become skilled readers!). We'll discuss what approaches we use in our Montessori elementary program to help children progress quickly from sounding out words to reading fluently: by 2nd grade, most of our students have progressed from "learning to read" to "reading to learn," and are using their advanced reading skills to access the deep Montessori curriculum, from science to history. You'll also learn what mistakes in literacy instruction set up roadblocks on the way to becoming a strong reader.

This talk is mainly aimed at elementary (kindergarten through 3rd grade), but if your child is still in preschool, you'll leave with several tips on what you can do at home (and what you may want to stop doing, too!).

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Brooklyn Cobble Hill

Brooklyn Parent Gathering

Saturday, October 11th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cumbe Dance Studio, 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (On the corner of Flatbush and Fulton)

Saturday, November 15th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cumbe Dance Studio, 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (On the corner of Flatbush and Fulton)

We'll equip you with four key criteria for choosing a Montessori program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. You'll also have the opportunity to learn more about some special early opportunities to secure a spot for your child at our future school in the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens area of Brooklyn coming in 2015!

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Spanish Immersion Open House & Parent Info Session

Saturday, December 6th, 10:00am - 12:00pm - Lomita School
Cumbe Dance Studio, 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (On the corner of Flatbush and Fulton)

Saturday, November 15th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
2342 PCH, Lomita, CA 90717

We invite you to discover Spanish Immersion Montessori for toddler and preschool children. At this event you will meet our Spanish Immersion teachers, see our beautiful classrooms, and explore our spacious playgrounds. We will share with you how our unique Spanish Immersion program works with our authentic Montessori approach. You will get your questions answered and learn how children graduate from our program speaking, reading, and writing bilingually - in Spanish and in English!

Join us at 10:30am to hear more details about our Spanish Immersion option for toddlers and preschoolers. It is a unique program where children acquire dual language skills while still receiving LePort's rich Montessori education. You will learn about the many benefits of early bilingualism and why attending the right program can literally change your child's life.

Click here to RSVP