GTMS Life > News June 9, 2022

Parent Education Rewind: What a year!

Many thanks to the Greene Towne Parents Association for facilitating the speakers in Greene Towne’s Parent Education Series. This year’s series was exceptional, and we thank the speakers for their time, talent, and expertise. The Parent Education Series is a group of workshops throughout the school year that are meant to inform and support parents. […]

Many thanks to the Greene Towne Parents Association for facilitating the speakers in Greene Towne’s Parent Education Series. This year’s series was exceptional, and we thank the speakers for their time, talent, and expertise.

The Parent Education Series is a group of workshops throughout the school year that are meant to inform and support parents. The complimentary workshops are open to the wider community and we encourage parents, staff, and friends of Greene Towne to share information about our workshops to anyone who may be interested!

Managing Difficult Behaviors: A Day in the Life of a Toddler was hosted by Greene Towne Montessori’s Lead Toddler teachers, Desiree McNeill, Michelle Nowacky, Olivia Powers, Cherise Sistrunk, and Dominique Well-Moats. This team’s expertise combines for an extraordinary 50 years of experience at Greene Towne! A common thread in this workshop was the importance of taking time. When children are growing in their independence, an important strategy is to allow more time for them to do things themselves. The teachers discussed this and more about toddler’s emotions and behaviors.

How Montessori Prepares Children for First Grade – and Life! was hosted by Greene Towne’s own Christine Booth, Montessori Director and Dean of Faculty. This presentation highlighted the different levels of development in a Montessori setting and how that foundation prepares children for the ultimate goal – learning how to be learners for life.

Parenting and Social Justice, Part 2! marked the return of presenter Wanjiku F.M. Njoroge, MD to return and continue the discussion about parenting and social justice. Dr. Njoroge’s workshop was full of science based information regarding child development and fascinating research detailing how and why children become aware of differences and practical strategies for conversations with children about it.

A Journey Through Primary: Growing Leaders at Greene Towne was presented by Greene Towne Lead Primary teachers. The teachers provided an overview of the academic and social-emotional curriculum in our Primary program and gave examples of the unfolding complexity of Montessori works and how they create young leaders who are focused, creative, competent and confident. 

COVID-19 Expert Panel Discussion for Young Parents was presented by Dr. Lori Handy and Dr. Paul Planet and moderated by Dr. Nahla Khalek about COVID-19 vaccination for young children. The doctors took questions and shared the latest science regarding vaccinations, infection rates in Philadelphia, and more.

Estate Planning for Young Families was presented by alum parent Maylee Marsano, a returning presenter for Greene Towne who shares her expertise on estate and will planning. She shared valuable information about how parents should go about planning for drafting their wills, making trusts and deciding on legal guardianship in the event of death of both parents.

Healthy Kids and Happy Smiles: Childhood Nutrition and Oral Health was presented by Liv Lee, a GTMS mom and registered dietitian at Advocare Fairmount Pediatrics, and Dr. Maria Cordero-Ricardo from Philadelphia Pediatric Dentistry. This important and insightful discussion tackled nutrition and dental care for young children, and our presenters shared wonderful tips and practical advice.

All of the recordings for these workshops can be found on the parent education page of Greene Towne’s website.

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