What are the fundamental principles that lead to engagement, independence, and self-directed learning in young children? How can a Montessori approach support spiritual well-being and promote joy in kids and adults alike?


9:00 – 4:00

COST: $30 (includes lunch)

St. Ignatius of Loyola Lounge 

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At the turn of the 20th century, Dr. Montessori developed a revolutionary approach to education that challenged the existing views of childhood and education.  More than 100 years later, Dr. Montessori’s ideas continue to shape our understanding of what education can and should be. While current scientific research on brain development confirms Dr. Montessori’s theories on human development, the implementation of her educational approach varies greatly and is subject to much debate.  Consequently, many parents enroll their child in a Montessori school without necessarily understanding what he/she will, or should, experience.  

This workshop will outline the fundamental principles of Montessori education with an eye as to what Dr. Montessori really said.  Strategies that promote engagement, independence and child-directed learning will be explained and workshop participants will be encouraged to ask questions and participate actively.


Mary Flewelling-Pinchen is a long-time Canadian A.M.I. primary directress, consultant and the author of “At Home in the Montessori Children’s House” – volumes 1 & 2.    She earned her A.M.I. primary diploma in 1984 at the Toronto Montessori Institute under the direction of Renilde Montessori and others.

In addition to her classroom work, Mary presents workshops and offers consulting services to Montessori schools and educators.  Between 2006-2013, Mary acted as the program director for the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers. Other highlights in Mary’s career include attendance at two A.M.I. international congresses, time spent establishing a new Montessori primary class in Chengdu, China, and the opportunity to provide training to prospective Montessori teachers in the Philippines.   

Mary is a passionate advocate for Montessori education and is committed to supporting Montessori educators, parents and organizations all around the world in their transformative work.

We are grateful for the support of the Pillars Trust Fund, supporting the English-language parishes of Montreal for 46 years.


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