Guided by Baby: Free Montessori-Inspired Parent Talks

During pregnancy, you’ve researched infant care, 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. Leave empowered to truly savor the first critical months with your baby, and to help her flourish during her first year.


Program Overview

  • Talks start on Tuesday nights, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Join us at 6:00 pm for an optional campus tour. Talks start at 6:30 pm, and run for about an hour, with a Q&A period with our Montessori-trained parenting coaches afterwards.
  • San Francisco Talk: Casual gathering from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm; talk from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
  • Admission is FREE, and RSVP’s are appreciated.
  • Talks are offered at most LePort campuses with Montessori infant programs:
    • LA South Bay/Palos Verdes area: 2342 PCH, Lomita | 4th Tuesday
    • Huntington Beach: 16081 Waikiki Lane | 3rd Tuesday
    • Fountain Valley: 9790 Finch Avenue | 1st Tuesday
    • Irvine: One Technology Drive, Building A | 2nd Tuesday
    • Northern San Diego/Encinitas: 520 Balour Drive | 4th Tuesday
    • San Francisco – Recess Urban Recreation: 470 Carolina Street | 3rd Tuesday

Upcoming Talks

P1210241Discerning the Parenting Jargon
September 2014 • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This talk offers a primer on common parenting philosophies for infants, such as Attachment Parenting, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, RIE, and Montessori. We will cover the key differences of each and talk about some of the similarities as well. You will have a chance to ask questions and seek guidance on determining the best approach for your family.

Fountain Valley Campus • 9790 Finch Avenue • Tuesday, September 9th
Irvine Spectrum Campus • One Technology Drive #A • Tuesday, September 16th
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, September 23rd
Palos Verdes Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, September 30th
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, September 30th

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preparing-homePreparing Your Home for Baby’s Arrival
October 2014 • 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.

Fountain Valley Campus • 9790 Finch Avenue • Tuesday, October 7th
Irvine Spectrum Campus • One Technology Drive #A • Tuesday, October 14th
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, October 21st
Palos Verdes Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, October 28th
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, October 28th
San Francisco – Recess Urban Recreation • 470 Carolina Street • Tuesday, October 28th

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RKU_0382 - Version 2Montessori Tips and Tricks for Caregivers
November 2014 • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This session will show you how to nurture your child’s immense potential at home using the respectful parenting methods of Montessori infant care. We welcome you to invite your child’s other caregivers too, e.g. grandparents, nannies, so all of you can be aligned when caring for your baby.

Fountain Valley Campus • 9790 Finch Avenue • Tuesday, November 4th
Irvine Spectrum Campus • One Technology Drive #A • Tuesday, November 4th
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, November 18th
Palos Verdes Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, November 18th
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, November 18th

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IMG_4854 (1)Holidays with Baby
December 2014 • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This session will give you tips on how to plan for and manage the holiday bustle smoothly with your newborn. Whether you are traveling to visit relatives or if they will be visiting you, this talk will help you prepare for that busy time so that you and baby can truly enjoy the holidays with the ones you love.

Fountain Valley Campus • 9790 Finch Avenue • Tuesday, December 2nd
Irvine Spectrum Campus • One Technology Drive #A • Tuesday, December 2nd
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, December 2nd
Palos Verdes Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, December 9th
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, December 2nd

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Fostering Joyful Language Development and Natural Movement
January 2015 • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

crawlingLearning to move—rolling over, sitting, crawling, walking, developing a pincer grasp —and learning to speak are two of the big developmental milestones during the first year of life. Unfortunately, many common parenting practices actually hinder a baby’s ability to develop optimally in these two critical areas. At this talk, we’ll offer insight on how to naturally and joyfully help your baby make the most of his “absorbent mind,” and we’ll help you avoid common mistakes that many well-meaning, new parents make.

Irvine Spectrum Campus • One Technology Drive #A • Tuesday, January 6th
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, January 13th
Palos Verdes Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, January 20th
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, January 20th
San Francisco – Recess Urban Recreation • 470 Carolina Street • Tuesday, January 20th

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Previous Talks

preparing-home

Preparing Your Home for Baby’s Arrival
August 2014 • 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.

Fountain Valley Campus • 9790 Finch Ave. • Tuesday, August 5th

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The Role of the Father During Pregnancy and Bonding
July/August 2014 • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Today’s fathers are very engaged and active in supporting their partners during child birth and helping with the baby basics—such as changing diapers or burping. Yet often times, we hear from new dads that they feel at a loss. There’s such a strong, natural bond between mother and child that it’s easy to feel left out. In this talk, we’ll specifically address what new fathers can do to enjoy and support the wondrous months around late pregnancy and the bonding period at home. Fathers are invited to join this talk, either alone or with their partners.

Fountain Valley Campus • 9790 Finch Avenue • Tuesday, July 1st
Irvine Spectrum Campus • One Technology Drive #A • Tuesday, July 8th
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, July 15th
Palos Verdes Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, July 22nd
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, July 22nd
San Francisco – Recess Urban Recreation • 470 Carolina Street • Tuesday, August 19th

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Our Infant Parenting Coaches

Kirsten Carlin
Kirsten Carlin is LePort’s Parent & Child Coordinator. She’s happy to have discovered Montessori years before becoming a parent, completing her infancy through age three training in 1995. Having taught in Montessori infant and toddler environments for years, she’s excited to help parents apply Montessori ideas at home to raise confident and independent children.
Amanda Hyer
Amanda Hyer has been supporting new and growing families in a variety of ways for over 20 years. She has worked as a teacher, parent coach, teacher’s mentor and trainer, librarian and nanny. She’s excited to draw upon that experience, and inspiring ideas she learned during her AMI Montessori training, to help new parents learn to trust themselves, observe and enjoy their babies.
Jeanne-Marie Paynel
Jeanne-Marie Paynel is the founder of Voila Montessori, where she coaches parents to nurture their child’s full potential at home. She obtained her AMI Montessori training for infancy through age six while parenting her own children. She is eager to share her Montessori insights and parenting tips with new and expecting parents.
Lisa Spring
Lisa Spring is the Head of School at LePort’s Palos Verdes campus. She is Montessori trained through elementary, and has led Montessori infant programs for many years. She enjoys coaching adults—parents and teachers alike—to be mindful and discover the magic that unfolds when babies are free to develop in a carefully prepared environment.

Why Montessori for Infants?

The child has other powers than ours, and the creation he achieves is
no small one; it is everything
.”
–Maria Montessori

During the first three years, your child will take on the task of creating themselves. Dr. Montessori was one of the first to view babies as fully humans—in fact, as superior in many ways to adults. She saw that a baby’s brain is capable of feats that elude us: after all, a baby can learn to speak a language (or two or three!) perfectly in just three years!

Montessori for infants is based on the deep understanding and respect that young children, have the ability to “create the man”. Our goal is to help parents be inspired by their babies, and be empowered to guide and nurture their children so they may achieve their full potential through mindful care and deliberate design of a supportive environment.

LePort’s free Guided by Baby talks equip you with both new insights into this fascinating time in your life, and practical tools to make the most of it. They are also a great opportunity to get a feel for our Montessori programs for infants. If you plan to go back to work during your child’s first two years of life, getting to know us and understanding the caring environment we offer at our schools will make it easier to confidently leave your baby in our care when the time comes.


Infant Gallery

LePort Private School Irvine - Happy tummy time baby at Irvine childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Happy tummy time baby at Irvine childcare
LePort Private School Irvine -Younger infant floor and gross motor area - Montessori daycare in Irvine
LePort Private School Irvine -Younger infant floor and gross motor area - Montessori daycare in Irvine
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Baby exploring mirror - Montessori infant daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Baby exploring mirror - Montessori infant daycare
LePort Private School Irvine -Montessori childcare room in Irvine
LePort Private School Irvine -Montessori childcare room in Irvine
 
LePort Private School Irvine -Happy baby at Irvine childcare
LePort Private School Irvine -Happy baby at Irvine childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Teacher comforting baby at daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Teacher comforting baby at daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Low table for feeding at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Low table for feeding at Montessori daycare
 
LePort Private School Irvine - Infant exploring ball at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Infant exploring ball at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Sensory exploration at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Sensory exploration at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori daycare infant activities
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori daycare infant activities
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Floor mats encourage movement at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Floor mats encourage movement at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Climbing stair for infants at daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Climbing stair for infants at daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby exploring bell at childcare center
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby exploring bell at childcare center
LePort Private School Irvine - Infant pulling up at Irvine Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Infant pulling up at Irvine Montessori daycare
 
LePort Private School Irvine - Rails for infant gross motor skills at Montessori child care
LePort Private School Irvine - Rails for infant gross motor skills at Montessori child care
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Puzzles at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Puzzles at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Cuddle corner for infants at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Cuddle corner for infants at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Teacher exploring with baby at Montessori baby daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Teacher exploring with baby at Montessori baby daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori mobile at daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori mobile at daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Teacher and baby in Montessori daycare kitchen
LePort Private School Irvine - Teacher and baby in Montessori daycare kitchen
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Pull-up bar for infants at  Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Pull-up bar for infants at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby tummy time at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby tummy time at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Mirrors encourage tummy time - Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Mirrors encourage tummy time - Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori childcare room for older infants
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori childcare room for older infants
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Happy baby at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Happy baby at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant floor space at daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant floor space at daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Baby watching mobile at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Baby watching mobile at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori daycare in  reading area
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori daycare in reading area
 
LePort Private School Irvine - Activities area at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Activities area at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Tummy time at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Tummy time at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Art and motor skills area at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Art and motor skills area at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant teacher feeding baby
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant teacher feeding baby
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori childcare weaning table
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori childcare weaning table
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori teacher helping baby self-feed
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori teacher helping baby self-feed
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Tracking balls at Irvine Montessori childcare for babies
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Tracking balls at Irvine Montessori childcare for babies
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Stair and slide for infants at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Stair and slide for infants at Montessori childcare
 
LePort Private School Huntington Beach - Montessori infant climbing stairs
LePort Private School Huntington Beach - Montessori infant climbing stairs
LePort Private School Irvine - Infant childcare - baby standing up
LePort Private School Irvine - Infant childcare - baby standing up
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant childcare motorskills area
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant childcare motorskills area
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori activities for infants
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori activities for infants
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Low changing table at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Low changing table at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Low changing table at Montessori infant daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Low changing table at Montessori infant daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori infant at daycare - waterplay
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Montessori infant at daycare - waterplay
LePort Private School Irvine - Toilet training area at Montessori child care
LePort Private School Irvine - Toilet training area at Montessori child care
LePort Private School Irvine - Stairs with railing - Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Stairs with railing - Montessori childcare
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Walking rail for infants at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Walking rail for infants at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori teacher feeding baby at Irvine daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori teacher feeding baby at Irvine daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Young toddler exploring textures - Montessori baby childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Young toddler exploring textures - Montessori baby childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Texture exploration basket at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Texture exploration basket at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant daycare room
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant daycare room
 
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Cribs at Montessori daycare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Cribs at Montessori daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Cribs at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Cribs at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Outside stroll at LePort Montessori
LePort Private School Irvine - Outside stroll at LePort Montessori
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Play yard at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - Play yard at Montessori childcare
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori daycare teacher with baby
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori daycare teacher with baby
 
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant daycare teacher working with babies
LePort Private School Irvine - Montessori infant daycare teacher working with babies
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby observing mobile at infant daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby observing mobile at infant daycare
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby exploring Montessori materials
LePort Private School Irvine - Baby exploring Montessori materials
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach -  - Teacher feeding infant at Montessori childcare
LePort Preschool Huntington Beach - - Teacher feeding infant at Montessori childcare