Upcoming educational events

 

Guided by Baby: Free Montessori-inspired Parent Talks

Monthly or Bi-Monthly at Following Locations
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Fountain Valley
9790 Finch Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Irvine
1 Technology Drive, Building A, Irvine, CA 92618
Huntington Beach
16081 Waikiki Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Northern San Diego/Encinitas
520 Balour Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
LA South Bay/Palos Verdes area
2342 PCH, Lomita, CA 90717
San Francisco
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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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San Francisco

Grand Opening Celebration

LePort Montessori San Francisco • 50 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Saturday, January 31 at 10:00am – 1:00pm

Bring your family and join us for our Grand Opening Celebration! Play on our large, natural playground. Visit the bright, spacious classrooms. Tour the indoor garden room, the multi-purpose room, kitchen and library. Meet the teachers and administrative staff. Attend a talk on the many benefits of Montessori, where you’ll also learn how to identify an authentic, high-quality Montessori program. Learn about enrollment opportunities and the application process.

There will be many festive activities for children and parents alike. You don’t want to miss this opportunities to meet other local families and see inside this magnificent new preschool in the heart of San Francisco!

Additionally, if you are looking for a preschool for your child, we have a few spots open now in our Montessori Preschool program for children 2.5 to 5 years old for start dates in February and March. Our other programs are currently full; this includes the Spanish immersion programs, as well as our Toddler and Infant Montessori programs. However, we are now accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2015: contact us now for the best enrollment opportunities.

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Elementary School Open House

Saturday, January 24 • 1:30pm – 3:30pm
LePort School Emeryville • 6460 Hollis Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

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 24 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
LePort School Emeryville • 6460 Hollis Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

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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A Parent Workshop: Understanding Pedagogy

Comparing Progressive, Classical/Traditional, and Montessori
Saturday, January 14th • 6:00pm – 8:00pm
LePort School Emeryville • 6460 Hollis Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

How do you decide the right school for your child? 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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San Diego

Open House

Saturday, January 10th • 10:00am – 12:00pm
LePort Montessori Encinitas • 520 Balour Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Bring your family and see the inside of our Montessori school for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. You will have a chance to visit our beautiful classrooms, explore our natural playgrounds, and learn more about our educational approach. Meet our teachers and hear them explain how our programs help each child thrive joyfully at our school.

We will go over our admissions process and share with you the best times to enroll your child. Our experienced staff will also explain how we help each family smoothly transition new children into our school, whether they are coming from a home environment or another school setting. You will have the chance to get all your questions answered and leave with a lot of information that will help you select the best school for your child.

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Parent Info Event: The Benefits of Montessori Math

Saturday, January 10th • 10:30am – 11:30pm
LePort Montessori Encinitas • 520 Balour Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Did you enjoy math as a child? Many children grow to despise math, yet when learned the Montessori way, it can be a fascinating series of puzzles!

In this info session, some parents (maybe including you!) get to be the Montessori students, and experience math in a whole new way. Take addition with carrying, for example. It could be confusing with just paper and pencil, but with the Montessori materials, the problem becomes an engaging, active quest for the solution. Imagine yourself, as a four-year old student counting ten Montessori Golden Bead units, and then walking across the classroom to exchange them for a ten bar. Taking ten units, exchanging them for a ten bar: that’s what carrying really means! It is magical to see how fun learning math can be.

Whether it’s math, grammar or geography, Montessori materials bring learning to life. Come see for yourself. Experience math and learning a whole new way!

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Elementary School Open House

Saturday, January 24th • 10:00am – 12:00pm
LePort School Carlsbad Village • 3016 Highland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Bring your family and join us for a casual Open House and school tour. We’ll show you our classrooms and the many outdoor learning spaces our beautiful, spacious campus provides. Discover our intimate, two-room schoolhouse – a place where you might wish you got to spend your days! Meet our teachers and staff, who will explain the benefits of Montessori education for the elementary school years. You will see how LePort Montessori students have the opportunity to accelerate through key subjects in our personalized learning environment – ultimately outpacing their peers at public and other private schools.

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Parent Info Event: Why Montessori Elementary?

A formal presentation and Q&A session with teachers and staff.
Wednesday, February 11th • 6:00pm – 7:30pm
LePort School Carlsbad Village • 3016 Highland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Montessori is an interesting educational approach! Parents often think it’s too structured and academic. Other parents often think it’s too free-flowing and chaotic. So what is it about, really?
At this talk you’ll learn about the individualization of the Montessori method for elementary education and how it helps each child thrive in her own way. We’ll share with you the four key characteristics an authentic Montessori program. You’ll understand how they are implemented from kindergarten through the elementary years, and how Montessori (done well) contributes to your child’s flourishing, both in childhood and as she grows into adulthood. You’ll also leave better equipped to choose between the many elementary school options for your child.
While we currently offer programs from kindergarten through 3rd grade, we plan to add one grade each year until 6th grade.

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Steve Hughes Talk: Igniting the Flame Within

Montessori Preschool and the Development of the Self
Tuesday, February 24th • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
University of San Diego, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium, Room 116
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Beginning as a tiny spark in infancy, the light that shines within a child will, over time, grow to become a steady, strong flame if he or she experiences an environment that recognizes, respects, and fuels that inner light. What are the requisite features of such an environment? What makes Montessori education so effective in “fueling the flame” of each child’s unique identity?

These questions will be answered by our speaker, Dr. Steven Hughes, an expert in early childhood brain development. Part of Dr. Montessori’s genius was her understanding that human development requires different experiences at different stages of development. Working from the set of cognitive capabilities known as “executive functions,” Dr. Hughes shows how unique features of each of the first three planes refines and supports the creation of essential cognitive capabilities that help produce curious, creative, moral, inspired, and inspiring adults; persons in whom the light of identity burns bright and warm.

Steven J. Hughes, PhD, ABPdN is a pediatric neuropsychologist and director of The Center for Research on Developmental Education, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is an expert in early childhood brain development and an advocate for activity-based, developmental education. He is a frequent speaker and consultant to education organizations around the world. Dr. Hughes is a Fellow at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University, and past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He also serves as Chair of the Association Montessori Internationale Global Research Committee and is a member of the American Montessori Society Research Committee.

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Orange County

Open House for Private Elementary (Grades 1-3)

11:00am Presentation: Why Consider Montessori Elementary?
Saturday, February 21st • 10:00am – 12:00pm

LePort School Irvine Westpark • 1055 San Marino, Irvine, CA 92614

Attend our casual Open House that will showcase our Lower Elementary program (Grades 1-3). Explore our campus, meet the Head of School and the teachers, ​and see our beautiful Lower Elementary Montessori classroom. We’ll also deliver a short info session about the benefits of a Lower Elementary Montessori curriculum and you’ll have the opportunity to get any and all of your questions answered. We’re accepting enrollment into Lower Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year, so we encourage you to stop by to learn all about it!

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Open House for Elementary & Junior High

Saturday, February 7th • 10:00am – 12:00pm
LePort School Irvine Spectrum North • 1 Technology Drive, Building A, Irvine, CA 92618

Attend our upcoming Open House and explore our campus, meet our staff and teachers, and learn all about our Elementary and Junior High program (grades 1-8). Not only can you see the campus grounds, and view our state-of-the-art classrooms, our teachers can explain our curriculum and show you the quality work our students produce. We are so excited to meet you and can’t wait for you to get a taste of our students’ experience at LePort School.

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Parent Info Event: Why LePort Elementary?

Speaker: Dr. Jane Erickson, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 18th • 6:00pm – 7:30pm

LePort School Irvine Spectrum North • 1 Technology Drive, Building A, Irvine, CA 92618

Discover how students at LePort Schools flourish with essential knowledge, thinking skills, and strength of character required to be joyous children today, and successful adults tomorrow. You may be asking, is private school worth the money? Invest two hours to see how different education can be – from our carefully sequenced curriculum to our Montessori-inspired pedagogy and the engaging atmosphere your child will enjoy every day at LePort.

“Our daughter has thrived while attending LePort from first through third grade. Her scholastic achievements were phenomenal and far exceeded our expectations. Possibly more important is the fact that the faculty provides social skill guidance on the playground and on field trips. Our family will treasure the memories of our experiences with our LePort family.” – LePort Parent on GreatSchools.org

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Grand Opening Celebration

Open House, School Tours, Family Festivities
Saturday, January 31st • 10:00am – 12:00pm
LePort School Fountain Valley • 9790 Finch Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Bring your family and enjoy our Grand Opening Celebration as we unveil our new classrooms and many playgrounds – all on over 12 acres of land. You will get a chance meet the teachers, have your questions answered, and see how LePort differs from other preschools and private schools in the area.
There will be many festive activities for children and parents alike. Join us for two hours and see how wonderful education can be for infants through 8th grade children.
For infants through 3rd grade, you will see how LePort students thrive in our authentic Montessori programs. We will explain how our programs work and help you decide if this is a good fit for your infant, toddler, preschooler, or 1st – 3rd grade child.
For 4th – 8th grade students, learn about our unique Knowledge for Life curriculum and how it surpasses local public and private schools. You will see how our individualized educational approach and rigorous academics prepare our students for the most challenging high schools and beyond.
You will leave with a lot of food for thought as you make your decision about your child’s education.

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Open House

Saturday, February 7th • 10:00am – 12:00pm
LePort School Irvine Spectrum South • 1 Technology Drive, Building H, Irvine, CA 92618

Bring your family and see the inside of our beautiful Montessori school for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. You will have a chance to visit our spacious, bright classrooms, explore our natural playground, and learn about our authentic Montessori programs. Meet our teachers and hear them explain how children receive individualize care and education and become joyful students who love going to school.

We will go over our admissions process and share with you the best times to enroll your child. Our experienced staff will also explain how we help each family smoothly transition new children into our school, whether they are coming from a home environment or another school setting. You will have the chance to get all your questions answered and leave with a lot of information to help you select the best school for your child.

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Spanish Immersion Info Session

Saturday, February 7th • 10:30am – 11:30pm
LePort School Irvine Spectrum South • 1 Technology Drive, Building H, Irvine, CA 92618

Invest two hours and discover this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your child. We will share with you the long term benefits of early bilingualism and how the full immersion approach works—and why it is the best way to enable your child to become a fluent speaker in a second language. We’ll discuss program details, pricing, and timing.
LePort has been offering a Spanish-language, full-immersion Montessori program at our Huntington Harbor campus since 2012. Now in its second year, parents and children are loving it, and many students who came into the program without a word of Spanish are now speaking, writing and reading in their second language!

At the event, you’ll also be able to see our classrooms, meet with our staff, and learn how to enroll your child for our Spanish Immersion program. You’ll be able to get your questions answered, and leave with information that will help you decide about your child’s education.

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Brooklyn

Admissions Info Session for All Programs (All Ages)

Wednesday, February 4th • 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Attend this event if you are looking for an excellent infant, toddler, or preschool program for your child and you’d like to learn more about LePort Montessori School in Cobble Hill. Our new school is opening September 2015 at 292 Court Street in Brooklyn.

At this event, we will share with you the life-long benefits of providing your child an authentic Montessori education and the details of the Cobble Hill campus. You’ll get to meet the Head of School and have the chance to get all of your questions answered.

We will also explain the admissions process and how you can apply for the 2015-2016 schools year. Part-time and full-time schedules are available as well as a Spanish language immersion track.

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Parent Info Night: Preschool Spanish Immersion Program (Ages 3-5)

Preschool Program (Ages 3-5)
Thursday, February 12th • 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Brooklyn Heights Library Auditorium • 280 Cadman Place West, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Do you want your preschool child in a rich Spanish language immersion environment?

Invest an evening and discover this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your child. We will share with you the long term benefits of early bilingualism and how the full immersion approach works—and why it is the best way to enable your child to become a fluent speaker in a second language. We’ll discuss program details, pricing, and timing.

At this event, we will share with you the life-long benefits of providing your preschool child an authentic Montessori education in a language immersion environment and the details of the Cobble Hill campus opening September 2015 at 292 Court Street.

You’ll meet the Head of School and have the chance to get your questions answered about this unique program. We will also explain the admissions process and how you can apply for the Spanish Immersion preschool program at LePort Montessori in Cobble Hill opening September of 2015.

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Admissions Info Session for Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Preschool Programs (Ages 3-5)
Thursday, February 26th • 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Brooklyn Heights Library Auditorium • 280 Cadman Place West, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Attend this event if you are looking for an excellent preschool program for your child and you’d like to learn more about LePort Montessori School in Cobble Hill. Our school is opening September 2015 at 292 Court Street in Brooklyn.

At this event, we will share with you the life-long benefits of providing your child an authentic Montessori education and the details of the Cobble Hill campus. You’ll get to meet the Head of School and have the chance to get all of your questions answered about our mixed age preschool program.

We will also explain the admissions process and how you can apply for the 2015-2016 schools year. Part-time and full-time schedules are available as well as a Spanish language immersion track.

For those interested in our infant and toddler programs, please attend our all ages information sessions on February 4th or February 28th.

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Admissions Info Session for All Programs (All Ages)

Infant, Toddler, Preschool
Saturday, February 28th • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Brooklyn Heights Library Auditorium • 280 Cadman Place West, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Attend this event if you are looking for an excellent infant, toddler, or preschool program for your child and you’d like to learn more about LePort Montessori School in Cobble Hill. Our new school is opening September 2015 at 292 Court Street in Brooklyn.

At this event, we will share with you the life-long benefits of providing your child an authentic Montessori education and the details of the Cobble Hill campus. You’ll get to meet the Head of School and have the chance to get all of your questions answered.

We will also explain the admissions process and how you can apply for the 2015-2016 schools year. Part-time and full-time schedules are available as well as a Spanish language immersion track.

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