Juneau Montessori School presents "In Support of the Child," a four-week series of parent information discussions led by Sharlyn Berning. She is a Juneau Montessori toddler community teacher.
The discussions will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday from Nov. 7 to Dec. 5, 2002. No class will be held on Thanksgiving. They will be held at Juneau Montessori School, 750 St. Ann's Avenue on Douglas.
The cost is $20 per person for series of four classes, or $8 per individual class.
The topics include:
Thursday Nov. 7
"Brain Development and Current Brain Research:" This discussion will focus on current theories of brain research and ways to support the development of the child's critical neurological structure. Included in this discussion is the development of language and intentional movement as they relate to brain development.
Thursday Nov. 14
"Limits and Liberty:" This discussion will center on setting appropriate limits for children from birth to 6 years old to assist the child in the development of self-discipline. What do we mean by liberty? What kinds of freedom can we allow the child to have? How do we set clear and effective limits? What is appropriate for an infant? A toddler? A 3- to 6- year- old?
Thursday Nov. 21
"Independence as a Part of the Personality:" This discussion will focus on what is meant by independence, how it is related to choice making and the development of personal responsibility. This topic also touches on theories of attachment and separation with regards to the development of the personality.
Thursday Dec. 5
"Preparing a Child Friendly Home Environment:" Practical things to do at home to support the development of the child's whole personality, including independence, self-initiative, self-reliance and positive self-esteem.
Classes are relevant for parents and care providers of children from birth to age six
Class size will be limited to 25 participants.
To pre-register and reserve a space, call the Juneau Montessori School at 364 - 3535 or 789 -3595 (before 8 p.m.)
Sharlyn Berning has lived in Juneau for 12 years and has been a Montessori teacher for the last nine. She earned a BA in Japanese language and literature and a BA in international affairs from the University of Colorado in 1984 and received her Montessori Primary Certification (for 3 to 6 -year-olds) in 1993 from the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland.
She recently completed her Assistants to Infancy training (Montessori from Birth to 3) at the Montessori Institute in Denver Colorado and is working on her masters in Montessori Education.