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 are usually 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.
  • Brooklyn Talk: Starting in October on Wednesdays, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • 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
    • Huntington Beach: 16081 Waikiki Lane
    • Fountain Valley: 9790 Finch Avenue
    • Irvine: One Technology Drive, Building H
    • Northern San Diego/Encinitas: 520 Balour Drive
    • San Francisco – NextSpace: 365 Vermont St., San Francisco
    • Brooklyn – Two Moon Art House and Cafe • 315 4th Ave., Brooklyn

Upcoming Talks

 

 


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 Bldg. H • Tuesday, October 14th
Lomita (Palos Verdes) Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, October 28th
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, October 28th
San Francisco – NextSpace • 365 Vermont St., San Francisco • Tuesday, October 21st
Brooklyn – Two Moon Art House and Cafe • 315 4th Ave., Brooklyn • Wednesday, October 22nd

 

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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 Bldg. H • Tuesday, November 4th
Lomita (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.

Irvine Spectrum Campus • One Technology Drive Bldg. H • Tuesday, December 2nd
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, December 2nd
Lomita (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 Bldg. H • Tuesday, January 6th
Huntington Harbor Campus • 16081 Waikiki Lane • Tuesday, January 13th
Lomita (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

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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
Lomita (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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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
Lomita (Palos Verdes) Campus • 2342 PCH, Lomita • Tuesday, September 30th
Encinitas Campus • 520 Balour Drive • Tuesday, September 30th

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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 Lomita 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

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