Parenting Workshops

The Austin Montessori School Connected Family Workshop: Building Communication Skills to Nurture Healthy Child and Family Development for Life

Austin Montessori School is pleased to offer a parenting workshop created and facilitated by Head of School, Grae Baker, and Sveta Pais, Parent Partnership Coordinator.

This workshop gives parents the opportunity to form a learning community and forge strong relationships with fellow AMS parents. Over six sessions, participants build lifelong communication skills within the Montessori approach to parenting and whole-child development. The AMS Connected Family Workshop is a prerequisite for attending the 'Siblings Without Rivalry' Workshop.

Topics include: The Montessori Framework for Understanding Human Development; The Neuroscience of Effective Communication; Preparing the Home Environment to Encourage Autonomy; Alternatives to Punishment; Creating a Collaborative Partnership with our Children; Specific and Detailed Acknowledgment Versus Praise.

Dates for the Fall 2018 Workshop: 7 - 9 pm on Tuesday, September 18thSeptember 25thOctober 2ndOctober 23rd, and October 30th and November 6th.

The 'Siblings Without Rivalry' Workshop

This workshop is based on the work of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, authors of acclaimed books 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk,' and 'Siblings Without Rivalry.' During five two-hour sessions led by a trained Montessori educator, parents form a learning community to explore the following areas: 

  • Supporting siblings in expressing their feelings with equanimity when in disagreement.
  • Treating children based on need, rather than equity.
  • Avoiding placing siblings in roles so that each child comes to become his or her whole self.
  • Collaborating with siblings so that they can move toward resolving their conflicts.
Grae Baker has been the Head of Austin Montessori School since 2014, and is the father of a three-year-old daughter. He holds an AMI Elementary diploma, a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.Ed. in Montessori education from Loyola College, and has attended the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies. Grae began his work in Montessori as a primary classroom assistant. He later served as a guide in upper elementary, 6-12 elementary, and as a founding lead teacher of the adolescent program at Omni Montessori School in Charlotte, NC where he went on to serve as Head of School.
Sveta Pais is Austin Montessori School's Parent Partnership Coordinator, and is the mother of two daughters aged 10 and 5 who have attended AMS since the Parent-Infant Community. Sveta is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently pursuing her AMI Primary Diploma at the Montessori Institute of North Texas, and an M.Ed. in Montessori Integrative Learning at the Van Sloan School at Endicott College.
These workshops are free and available to parents, grandparents, and primary caregivers of students enrolled at Austin Montessori School. There is a small charge towards the cost of books and materials. Please email Sveta Pais for more information.