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Community Education at The Children's House

At TCH, we believe every child’s development and education is more successful when there is a strong partnership with parents. This is why we offer a wide variety of educational topics for the adults in our community through our Community Education program. The Montessori Method encourages “education for life;” so we encourage you to attend as many events as possible as we work together to guide our children through their unique development.

The Children's House Community Education program is sensitive to the time constraints of parents – living with young children, meeting the demands of work, running a household and having down time. Therefore, a variety of gatherings are offered at different times and days with the hope that maybe two or three will pique your interest and find a way into your hectic schedule.

We feel strongly in the value of these presentations, and are diligent about choosing worthwhile topics. We encourage you to commit to three of these that you will attend this year. Take turns with your partner or make it a couples’ night out!


Michele Shane, Head of School
Nadine Elmgren, Elementary Guide and Community Education Program Coordinator

2017-2018 TCH Community Education Schedule

Back to School Parent Meeting
September 7th, 6 p.m.
Montessori 101 – Michele Shane, Head of School
September 21st, 6 p.m.

Learning to Love Books - Tara Hochstetler
September 26th, 6p.m.
TCH Reading Specialist, Tara Hochstetler, is passionate about reading and has inspired many students to share her excitement. Come hear Tara’s enthusiastic approach to nurturing your child’s love of books. She wholeheartedly believes that once you love books THEN you learn to read. She is eager to share the magic of the process.

Toileting : How to Prepare for this Exciting Process! - Nido/YCC Faculty
October 5th, 6 p.m.
Guaranteed to be a helpful evening, full of tips from the Pros. No doubt about it, it’s a topic on everyone's list!

Your Three and Four Year Olds- Primary Faculty
October 11th, 4 p.m.
Parents, you will be invited to read a book from the Gesell Institute Series and come together to discuss it as a group. Rather than listening to a presentation, you will follow a Book Club format with leading questions from the guides. This very informative text is certain to enlighten you about the developmental stages your child is or will soon be experiencing.

Responsible Parenting in an Anxious World- Anthony Wilgus M.S.W.
October 19th, 6 p.m.
TCH is fortunate to welcome Anthony Wilgus as a guest speaker for our series! Mr Wilgus is Faculty Emeritus (Social Work) Findlay University. He comes to us with years of experience and expertise, which combine to promise an engaging and thought provoking presentation. Make sure to mark your calendar now for a stimulating conversation focusing on some of the current trends of parenting and a catalog of more thoughtful approaches.

“That’s not my kid!” How to Cope with the Onslaught of Hormones- Junior High Faculty
October 26th, 6 p.m.
As children enter adolescence, their brains undergo significant changes. For some, these changes began during Upper Elementary. For others, these changes will come on more gradually and begin to manifest after entering Jr. High. From the outside looking in it may seem that teenagers “become someone else” overnight. Where did that sweet, thoughtful child go? They aren't gone, just busy transitioning to adulthood. Modern brain science provides import information about adolescent brain chemistry that allows us to better understand and support students during this often difficult transitional period. In this first parent education session we will: explore the practical implications of the changing adolescent mind, discuss how these changes affect interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, and work habits; provide strategies for mitigating challenges associated with this unique period of human development.

How to Support Your Child’s Musical Development - Amanda Igra
November 8th, 6 p.m.
TCH Music Specialist, Amanda Igra, will cover the different developmental periods from birth to adolescence, and how parents can support their child’s musical abilities throughout the years. Amanda will include interactive demonstrations and specific activities to use at home with your children. Come prepared for an informative, fun evening!

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over Parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success- Elementary Faculty
January 11th, 6 p.m.
A Montessori education, focusing on the development of the whole child, fosters independence at every age in order for the child to fully become the human being he or she is meant to be. Families have chosen this approach to learning for their children for over 100 years, and, although times have changed, the philosophy has not. In keeping with Montessori’s belief that education is to be “an aid to life,” author Julie Lythcott-Haims provides kindred guidance to modern parents in her book “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over Parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success.” Please join the elementary guides and fellow parents to discuss the author’s message and to share our experiences and personal insights.

Developing Self Discipline: Helping Your Child Discover Her Inner Guide - Nido/YCC Faculty
January 25th, 6 p.m.
This discussion, led by the Nido/YCC Faculty, will cover information and strategies to use at home. Come be empowered on how to continue the “Montessori” experience for your child at home.

How to Raise an Adult - Back by popular demand!
February 6th, 8:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. & March 8, 6:00 p.m.
After a great evening discussion on January 11 we have decided to host several more conversations this year around the book How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. The first follow up will take place on February 6 in two separate groups for an hour each, immediately following both the 8:30 and 3:30 car lines. There is no need to have attended on the 11th or read the book, just come join the conversation. We'll talk about the topics that you are most concerned with such as, basic life skills needed for adulthood, helping kids deal with setbacks, and how we might stop hovering and start helping or whatever else from the book you deem important. We hope you will consider joining us for one of these sessions.

Montessori 101- Michele Shane, Head of School
March 15th, 6 p.m.

How to Raise an Adult...continued
March 8th, 6 p.m.

Screen Time and Discipline - Primary Faculty
April 11th, 6 p.m.
The Primary guides will review some of the research about screen time and its effects on primary aged children. They will open up a dialogue about how often (and when) screens are appropriate. Because screens have become a parenting tool, guides will also touch on discipline and what “freedom with limits” really means. They will discuss the careful balance between abandoning children to their every impulse and demanding blind obedience.

Screen Free Week April 13th – 20th – Take the Challenge
We are back again with our 3rd annual challenge! Take advantage of the special week to load up on some good books and music from the library and get out your favorite games. All participants who have successfully completed a screen free week are invited to join us for a celebration on Friday, April 20th from 5:30-7:00 pm.
Primary students – pizza, pajamas and pages – an evening of stories
Elementary / Junior High Students –Please bring a board game from home and plan to enjoy an evening with friends, pizza and snacks provided by TCH.

This page last updated on 4/6/2018.

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