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Parent + Child Classes

Enhancing your role as a child's first teacher

In our thoughtfully designed classroom, you will be inspired and supported to guide your child in their education and development. The experience will be facilitated by Montessori Guide, Britny Tollstam. All classes take place in our Milkweed classroom at The Children’s House.

Prenatal  |  Newborn  |  Infant  |  Toddler  |  About Britny


Montessori Prental parenting classes at the Children's House Traverse City MichiganPrenatal class

Prenatal attendees are invited to sit comfortably in our curated environment. Wrapped in the Montessori philosophy, guided discussions about preparing yourself and your space for welcoming an infant are the focus of this class. Come gather in a supportive community with other expectant families. Each session will have an intimate maximum of eight attendees.

We have invited several area specialists to enhance our time together. Providers in the area of lactation, infant bodywork, yoga and more will be presenting. Welcoming your baby into the world is a sacred and special time. Together we will prepare for the arrival of your baby with intention and love.

Class size: 8 maximum
Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

6-week Sessions

Session 1: Feb 22, Feb 29, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 5*
Session 2: Apr 18, Apr 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30*
*makeup day in case of cancellation 

For current Children’s House families

$120 per caregiver and child/session

Register Now! 

Non-enrolled Families

$150 per caregiver and child/session

Register now! 


Montessori Caregiver + Child class for parent and baby in the fourth trimester at the Childrens House

Newborn class

This class is designed for parents or caregivers of newborns and continues on through the first weeks and months following the birth – the fourth trimester, up until scooting begins. 

Oftentimes, it can feel rather isolating to be home with a newborn, come sit in community with people who can relate. We understand the highs and lows of the early days of parenthood. When arriving at the Milkweed classroom for Newborn Parent + Child classes, there will be individual play pads placed around the room for parents to choose from. A selection of sanitized materials will be provided at each pad. Themed discussions, observation and reflection will be woven into each session. Learn more about incorporating the principles of Montessori into your life.

Class size: 7 maximumWednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

6-week Sessions

Session 1: Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 6, Mar 13, Mar 20, Apr 3, Apr 10*
Session 2: Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29*
*makeup day in case of cancellation 

For current Children’s House families

$120 per caregiver and child/session

Register Now! 

Non-enrolled Families

$150 per caregiver and child/session

Register now! 



Montessori Caregiver + Child class for toddler and parent at the Childrens House

Infant class

For parents or caregivers and infants who are past the fourth trimester and are scooting, crawling, or taking first steps. Once a child begins to walk they may move to the next level of classes. In a room thoughtfully designed for early motor development, your child will have complete freedom of movement in our ‘yes space’ to practice their budding skills. 

Periods of observation and time for reflection are included in these one hour sessions. Come build your awareness of the whole child!

Class size: 7 maximum
Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

6-week Sessions

Session 1: Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 9*
Session 2: Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28*
*makeup day in case of cancellation 

For current Children’s House families

$120 per caregiver and child/session

Register Now! 

Non-enrolled Families

$150 per caregiver and child/session

Register now! 



Montessori Caregiver + Child class for toddlers and parent at the Childrens House
Toddler class

For parents or caregivers and children who are walking steadily and are 1 to 3 years old. Children in this stage are coming into a sensitive period for order and they often enjoy working alongside the adults in their life. We see their motto as “help me to do it myself.” In this class a careful selection of activities will nurture this progression and desire. 

Attendees will have free range to select materials from anywhere in the room and explore at their own pace. Come learn what it is like to immerse yourself in the Montessori method with your child.

Class size: 6 maximum
Mondays, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m., and includes a group snack

12-week Session

Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 4, Mar 11, Mar 18, Apr 1, Apr 8, Apr 15, Apr 22, Apr 29*, May 6*
*makeup day in case of cancellation 

For current Children’s House families

$240 per caregiver and child/session

Register Now! 

Non-enrolled Families

$300 per caregiver and child/session

Register now! 


Please Provide Alternate TextBritny Tollstam, Montessori Guide

All of our Parent+ Child classes will be facilitated by Montessori Guide, Britny Tollstam. Britny has been at the Children's House for nearly 20 years, holding many roles as a Primary Guide, Toddler Assistant and most recently with our youngest students as Nido Guide. Over the last several years, Britny has leaned into her life-long interest in early childhood, taking additional training to expand her knowledge in infant care, including becoming a postpartum doula, lactation counselor, and pediatric sleep specialist.

For questions regarding Parent + Child classes contact: 
Britny Tollstam, Adult Learning Specialist and Montessori Guide
Britny@traversechildrenshouse.org
(231) 929-9325 ext. 107