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pdxMC Summer Elementary Unschool!

Join pdxMC Montessori elementary guide, Joy Nauman for an adventuresome, fun time at pdxMC Summer Elementary Unschool!  This summer program will be from June 16th – August 30th, 8:30 – 3:15 with extended care available before and after the program.  They are forming a great group of 8 to 15 children entering first grade through fourth.

Explore with friends and enjoy your summer!  Flier is attached here.  Visit pdxMC website for more information about their programs.

Here’s a sampling of their daily schedule:

8:30 – 9:00 Drop off
9:00 – 10:00 Play outside, craft, plan for day/journaling
10:00 – 11:00 Retire to ‘Living Room’ for snack, quiet activities, journals, read aloud
11-2:00 Outdoor time, incorporating some of the following activities, depending on the day
– bus to library lunch in park
– bus/car ride to community center to swim
– walk to Bridlemile school for lunch and play in park
– field trip to New Seasons
– bus to Wilson pool for swimming
– work on creek restoration
– work on outdoor environment
– other projects
2:00-3:15 Down time in ‘Living Room’ or outside, snack, journaling, dismissal

Montessori Applied to Children at Risk (MACAR) Training

Montessori Institute of the Pacific Northwest, along with Woodinville Montessori School, are pleased to present the MACAR training led by Joyce Pickering and the Shelton School Faculty.

August 5 – 10, 2013

The goal of this workshop is to understand the specific needs of children at risk for learning differences and provide specific strategies to the registrant for matching the Montessori educational method to those needs.

The content of the workshop includes:
·        An Overview of Learning Disabilities
·        Understanding The At-Risk Child
·        Modification of Montessori methods and Techniques
·        Oral and Written Language Program
·        Social Skills Development/Discipline
·        Practical Life, Sensorial and Mathematics for the At-Risk Child

MACAR Registration Level I: $2,600

Registration Info Here

Early Learning Council – A Call for Photos

Dear early learning supporter:

We want you to have full access to state early learning information, so we are in the process of building a simple, easy-to-navigate website for quick reference and community discussion. As part of serving your info needs, we also want it to look nice and include visuals that capture early learning activities around the state.

We’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to submit photos to be featured on our site. We will accept any and all, and highlight your various submissions on the site throughout the year. Photos of child artwork or any other creative interpretation are also encouraged.

All we ask is that they:

1)      Represent your interpretation of early learning (ages 0-6) in the State of Oregon;

2)      Represent the many great things happening for children (ages 0-6) in our state;

3)      Be clear, well-lit, and able to be digitally stretched, condensed, or cropped;

4)      And have the proper disclosure from parents or guardians to use the photo if featuring specific children.

By submitting, you acknowledge that the photo will be used for Early Learning Council website purposes and could potentially be used in presentations and other materials.

 Submissions will be fully credited on the site. Please send your submissions to Tony Andersen, ELC Communications, at or call him at 971-273-3829 with any questions.

We look forward to seeing your shots! 

 Please send submissions to  by March 23, 2013


 Seth Allen

Board Administrator

Oregon Education Investment Board

Early Learning Council


Childpeace Montessori School Expands their Campus!

Childpeace Montessori School has a new home for the Metro Montessori Middleschool in their neighborhood!  Download this flier to learn more about their new space, and this exciting news for our community.

News Bulletin February 2013

Read the bulletin here and catch-up on the

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latest news and events with OMA.

February 2013 Forza Vitale

Inspire yourself with the rich culture of In-Home Montessori Programs in our region.  Our thanks to Jude Foster for writing this article and being a steadfast leader to our in-home

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OMA Administrator’s Meeting

Join us for food and conversation at Portland Montessori School (formerly Providence) on Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm.  The school is located at 4911 NE Couch St, Portland, OR  97213

We will welcome your ideas on how a statewide association can best serve you and your schools.  And, we’ll have time to catch-up with friends from across town and hear updates from fellow schools. Sue Pritzker will offer a recap of the AMI Summit and Jennifer Davidson will excite us with news of the upcoming International Congress!

Please, rsvp to

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our coordinating board member, Andrea Ludlow:

OMA Annual Spring Tea & Awards Ceremony

Join us for our Annual Spring Tea!  This is a wonderful chance to socialize with colleagues from around town and reconnect.

This year we are honored to recognize Ann Messick of SunGarden with the OMA Outstanding Dedication Award and Kim O’Hern of Chestnut Grove Montessori with the Susie Huston Award for Excellence in Teaching.  We will also celebrate the recent teacher-training graduates and welcome them to our community.

We will meet at the All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd, on Sunday, May 5th, at 2pm.

Thank you for joining us.  Please, RSVP here, so we may prepare your tea.

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PNMA’s Observation Literacy Workshop

Observation Literacy-Learning from Children, with Paul Epstein.

Location: Renton Technical College, 3000 NE 4th, Renton WA 98056
Date: February 23, 2013 8:30 AM

We are eager to bring Paul

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Epstein to the Pacific NW. He is an eloquent story teller and Montessori educator. He will guide


us in a day of Observation Literacy. The work we do will be based on his book,
An Observer’s Notebook: Learning from Children with the Observation C.O.R.E.

Register ONLINE now for our Winter Event!
Earn 6 MERIT credits for providers or Clock Hours for State teachers
PNMA Members $70 for registration by January 31.
February registration fee $95.
Public Registration opens December 16 $115

Please, visit his school website for Paul Epstein’s bio: Rochester Montessori School

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