Speakers

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com. The Conscious Parent in Action, now renamed as Conscious Adult, Conscious Child.

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

 

 

Day 1 –

Teaser:

Consciousness is a popular word in the modern world, almost a trendy word.  But Montessori would have loved it I believe! She knew that to be a Montessori educator or a Montessori parent we needed to become aware of what we do in our dealings with children and adolescents.  Remember – observation is a key factor of the method! During the conference and during the related parent and teacher sessions, I hope we will have fun as we explore many different ways in which to become just a little bit more conscious of what we do as we apply the principles of the Montessori method and philosophy!

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com. The Conscious Parent in Action, now renamed as Conscious Adult, Conscious Child.

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Teaser:

Strategies and Tools for our Spiritual Preparation

One of the things that sets Montessori guides apart from traditional teachers is the amount of time and energy invested in our own spiritual preparation and growth. Dr Montessori wrote about this extensively and in most training programmes it is a significant focus.

We do not however always have accessible and easy tools to use to turn this spiritual preparation into active, practical strategies in our daily life in the classroom.

Together we will explore 3 possibilities – self-complexity, mindfulness and coping styles – and how insight into these can help bring about meaningful understand and deepen our practice as Montessorians.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

Teaser:

Alternatives to “Rewards & Punishments”

“…there is one thing she must never do and that is, to interfere by praising a child’s work, or punishing him if it is wrong, or even by correcting his mistakes.”

What exactly does Maria Montessori mean by advocating that a Montessori environment is one free from rewards, punishments and praise; where errors are not corrected?

This workshop will look at ways of defining rewards, punishments and praise and it will explore some of the positive discipline toolkits as alternatives to rewards and punishments. It will also explore communication with children.

Bio:

Shamiemah Jassiem became involved in the Montessori Philosophy while working at a Montessori school as a university student. She simultaneously enrolled for the part-time Montessori training course and later took over the school. Shamiemah has over 5 years of experience as an office manager and principal at a Montessori school. She has B. Soc. Sci. Degree in Psychology & Organisational Psychology and an Honours in Psychology. She completed her Montessori Diploma at ELF Montessori, and is a Registered Assessor & Moderator. She was awarded the ABSA SA ECD Best Trainer of the year Award in 2012, and completed her Masters’ Degree with a thesis in Religion and Montessori. She is passionate about creating a world in which all children have access to good education, and believes that we begin by empowering women to offer quality ECD programmes. As a mother of 3, she has been inspired by the Montessori Philosophy and hopes to raise children who believe in themselves and are able to respect themselves, their communities and the environment.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com. The Conscious Parent in Action, now renamed as Conscious Adult, Conscious Child.

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com. The Conscious Parent in Action, now renamed as Conscious Adult, Conscious Child.

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Teaser:

Holistic Wellness for Teachers

Hands-on skills will be taught in this workshop empowering you with the tools to destress physically, mentally and emotionally.

Bio:

Helen Hansen is a wellness practitioner and kinesiologist specializing in stress and anxiety management.

Helen has been featured in media such as Julie Allie’s Talk Show on ITV, DSTV. She has been interviewed on numerous occasions on Radio 2000 with Angela Ludek.

Helen’s articles have been published in magazines such as ‘Natural Medicine’, ‘Your Family’, ‘All4Women’, ‘Wellness Magazine’, amongst others. Helen was guest speaker at the SAMA conference (2014) and has presented conscious parenting workshops and conscious teaching workshops at various schools.

Bio/ Teaser:

Adam Spires comes from a dynamic background from running his own US based business to British policing to one of SA’s most prominent YouTubers and now the Managing Director of Delicious Bokeh, a production company focusing on social media videos. He is a married man of 15 years with 3 crazy kids to prove it. His wife is a qualified teacher currently doing Montessori certification training and he has grown a love to the pedagogy, so much so that he wants to use his digital skills to share it.

Bio:

Peter Williams is a businessman with 35 years of experience. He has been the financial director of a listed company and has been the treasurer of SAMA for the last seven years. Peter set up Children’s Campaign Trust in 1999 as a social enterprise and today this trust is involved with growing the Montessori footprint in poor communities around South Africa.

Whilst not a pedagogue himself, he is an avid supporter of Montessori and sees the philosophy as perfect for our communities in order to develop children to their full potential.

The concept of the World Café is surprisingly simple but unbelievably effective. Drawing on some basic principles, the World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue. As SAMA member schools work towards implementing the SAMA Fundamental Principles in their schools, we thought this approach would work best to generate conversation and connection between members.

The sessions will be facilitated by Sam Streak (who has some experience in using the World Café approach) and Sally Hall (who has great insight and facilitation skills). Together they will provide the setting and the context for our two World Café sessions.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

Sally Hall

Bio:

Sally Hall was the founding Head of Auburn House School and training centre in Cape Town and has many years’ experience in Montessori early childhood and primary teaching, teachers’ professional development and further education and training programmes.

She currently works with Auburn House Trust’s First Children mentoring and support programme, which assists adults in very impoverished communities to further their educational qualifications and improve their child care centres, and is an Evaluation Mentor for IQAA
(the Independent Quality Assurance Agency, associated with the Independent Schools Association of SA) as one of their specialist Montessori Mentors in Southern Africa.

Teaser:

This guided workshop experience will provide Montessori educators a platform to experience, explore and develop their connection to the practice of embodied mindfulness. Participants will be led and supported through the following six short focused processes: 1. Grounding Yoga sequence – Establishing mindfulness of posture, breath and emotion. 2. Warming and invigorating Yoga flow – Cultivating curiosity, courage and energetic connection. 3. Balancing Yoga sequence – Sinking roots, extending shoots and kindling the centre. 4. Relaxing Yoga sequence – Inviting deep release and selfless grace. 5. Re-awakening QiGong sequence – Integrating one’s experience and carrying your practice out into the world. 6. Reflection – An optional dialogue for those who wish to share and inquire.

Bio:

James Ewen Prain, is an educator at Generations Schools Hermanus. He also leads yoga classes, retreats and teacher trainings. He is also the founder of Praektis, a social empowerment project dedicated to radical human integrity through embodied mindfulness.

Following my formative experiences facilitating Embodied Mindfulness sessions for delegates at SAMA 2017 and the ESF 2018, I would dearly appreciate the opportunity to continue the work of sharing the application of such principles and practices to the delegates of SAMA 2019.

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Day 2 –

Teaser:

THE ART OF COURAGE – HOW TO HAVE POWERFUL, CRUCIAL AND IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS.

 This speech by Simon Ekin addresses the subject of courageous communication.

Simon addresses why we have (so much) fear, why we should see fear and failure as a gift, why we should have faith and belief in ourselves and why action is the only thing that makes any difference.

Bio:

Simon is a former British Army Officer and graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has bicycled from South Africa to the UK, been a photo-journalist and had a career in leadership development, facilitation and coaching since 1997.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com. The Conscious Parent in Action, now renamed as Conscious Adult, Conscious Child.

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com. The Conscious Parent in Action, now renamed as Conscious Adult, Conscious Child.

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Teaser:

Sensorial is more than just an area in the classroom. Discover the importance of creating a sensorially rich environment for the child.

Bio:

Kym van Straaten has been involved in the Montessori community for the past 20 years.  She holds a Diploma in Training and Development, a Montessori 3 – 6 Diploma, and is currently studying towards a 6 – 12 credential.  She has over 19 years of active teaching experience and 13 years of lecturing experience both locally and abroad.

Kym has been running her own successful Montessori school which caters for children 18 months to 6 years for the past 16 years.

Kym is committed to the Montessori Method of teaching and its consistent application. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the South African Montessori Association for the past nine years in the capacity of ordinary member, deputy president and most recently president.

During her time serving SAMA members Kym has been the newsletter editor, conference co-ordinator, G-JLC representative, ISSF Representative, and second for NAISA and HEDCOM.  Kym has been a consultant to many Montessori schools and often is invited to speak at parent evenings and offer in-house staff training.

Teaser:

The world is changing. The 21st century has brought on a period of instant gratification and open-source information. GenEx is a disruptive environment which we will build as a Learner Management System on one artificial intelligence language. The GenEx platform will allow any school to register with us and receive all the material needed, including Cambridge, vocational and TVET qualifications. GenEx is not a school, nor is it a curriculum. It is the future of refined academic information correlation.

Bio:

Currently the Founder and CEO of Generation Education (Pty) Ltd. Cape Town, South Africa. Jevron has brought his vision of a school that combines both the Montessori Philosophy with the Cambridge Curriculum to life in 2016. Beyond his CV, Jevron has a wealth of knowledge and experience and goals for the future of Montessori in SA. Generation Schools was created on the basis of discovering the individual talents of each child and creating an environment where curiosity is king and the love of learning is actively encouraged and nurtured. Where knowledge is not only taught but also experienced. Jevron believes that the future lies open to those who keep their love for learning alive and that it is our responsibility to guide it. Jevron has made this a reality, and it is continuing to grow and spread his vision across South Africa. Jevron has proven to be a successful, innovative, efficient and most importantly passionate leader. He is now ready to expand his limits and would like to become more involved with SAMA in the hopes to keep his dream alive and flourishing for all Montessori Schools throughout the country.

Bio:

Clare Healy Walls is the founder and leader of Waterpark Montessori International (WMI) www.waterparkmontessori.com. She spent over 20 years as a Montessori educator in the classroom and since 1981 she has been training adults.  She has been extensively involved in the research and development of training programmes and Montessori schools for all age groups (Birth -18 years). Her personal interest in Jungian psychology and BodySoul Rhythms (as developed by Marion Woodman 1928-2018) has encouraged her to use Maria Montessori’s philosophy for people of all ages, highlighting the common themes of life from birth to adulthood.  This has also led to her work with parents.  She believes parents cannot be “taught” directly but should be guided to reflect upon their experiences.

Having qualified as a Montessori educator for pre-school and school, with Montessori St Nicholas, she later received an MA in Education (Management) from the Open University.  She is the author of the series (6) At the Heart of Montessori, Montessori in a Nutshell, The Conscious Parent, and her most recent publication is a handbook of stories and reflection for parents, The Conscious Parent in Action. www.waterparkbooks.com. The Conscious Parent in Action, now renamed as Conscious Adult, Conscious Child.

Clare has five children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She lives in Ireland with her partner, Andrew, overlooking the sea where she loves to wander around Cork harbour in her motor boat.

Teaser:

Music, a forgotten teaching tool for the classroom

Join me for a fun interactive workshop to learn a bit more of how you can bring music into your classroom and use songs as a teaching tool. Help children remember facts that might otherwise be forgotten quite quickly. Let me also show you how to teach young children songs for “big” children!

Bio:

Debbie is the owner of Ready Steady Grow, a Montessori school based in Pinelands, Cape Town. She’s a wife and mum of one; with one or two other quasi-adopted children and babies of the furry persuasion she just can’t seem to stop acquiring thrown into the mix. She decided to buy Ready Steady Grow to put her love for children to bigger use and studied at Mercy Montessori Africa. She likes to think of herself as a jack-of-all-trades, and can change nappies, dry tears, cook up a storm and rewire plugs like nobody’s business.

Teaser:

The Prepared Environment as the Third Teacher

This presentation aims to look at how we could be matching our preparation of the environment to the Human Tendencies as described by Dr Montessori and Mario Montessori. We will explore, in a deeper way, the dynamic nature of our prepared environments. We will take a look into recent research that supports Dr Montessori’s ideas and philosophy and should be influencing our focus when we prepare our environments.

We will actively explore and discover the absolute impact of The Third Teacher – our prepared environments, through all the Planes of Development.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak:

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

Teaser:

Jacky Price – Is the environment ever fully prepared?

Through serendipitous discoveries, hard work, bloopers and joys – Jacquelyn takes you through an honest and personal look at her Montessori journey.

Bio:

As a Montessori practitioner of many years, Jacquelyn Price has travelled various interesting and different roads in her journey in coming to grips as to what  Montessori education is really all about.

She is presently head of the campus for Generation Schools Blue Moon in Cape Town, a campus for children from 3 to 12 years of age and one that she has grown through her passion and love for offering young children (and their adults), another way to interact with their world as they naturally develop along a continuum to adulthood.

She walks her talk by regular attendance at international and national conferences, workshops and courses and has been for a while now under an intensive training programme given by her toddler granddaughter.  Apart from managing a dedicated team of Montessori educators at Blue Moon, and sharing her time with other Generation campuses, she adds to her busy schedule, time for mentoring women who have their own ECD’s in Lavender Hill for Learning in Reach, an NGO that works specifically with Lavender Hill as a neighbouring community and who this year, have opened their very first Children’s House.

The concept of the World Café is surprisingly simple but unbelievably effective. Drawing on some basic principles, the World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue. As SAMA member schools work towards implementing the SAMA Fundamental Principles in their schools, we thought this approach would work best to generate conversation and connection between members.

The sessions will be facilitated by Sam Streak (who has some experience in using the World Café approach) and Sally Hall (who has great insight and facilitation skills). Together they will provide the setting and the context for our two World Café sessions.

Professional Biography: Samantha Streak:

My journey as a Montessorian spans 28 years having started my training with the London Montessori Centre in 1991. I am a qualified Montessori directress for Birth to Six and Six to Twelve. I have a B. Psych degree and earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, USA in 2013. I have been involved in Montessori Teacher Training for the past 25 years, currently running my own training centre called Integral Montessori, and working in partnership with Wonderkids to deliver level 5 training in the Eastern Cape. I have travelled extensively attending Montessori conferences around the world, and speaking at several.

I am the founding principal of the Port Elizabeth Montessori School, which I started in 1995. We are a school community of 200 children ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, and a staff compliment of about 30. I am actively involved in community development working as a trustee for Missionvale Care Centre in Port Elizabeth and serve as chairperson of their school’s governing body – Normoyle Primary School (a no-fee school). I am also mentoring the 3 young women who run the Masifunde Montessori preschool in Walmer Township, Laveli’langa. I am a past president of SAMA having served in many roles on the ExCo for 9 years and believe strongly in the ethical, professional and authentic practice of Dr Montessori’s principles and philosophy.

Sally Hall

Bio:

Sally Hall was the founding Head of Auburn House School and training centre in Cape Town and has many years’ experience in Montessori early childhood and primary teaching, teachers’ professional development and further education and training programmes.

She currently works with Auburn House Trust’s First Children mentoring and support programme, which assists adults in very impoverished communities to further their educational qualifications and improve their child care centres, and is an Evaluation Mentor for IQAA
(the Independent Quality Assurance Agency, associated with the Independent Schools Association of SA) as one of their specialist Montessori Mentors in Southern Africa.

Teaser:

Inspired by David Kahn’s storytelling, Charl will share some of his Stories that can be used in the Elementary class. During this break-away session you will experience other alternatives to engage the children in mathematical concepts such as multiplication patterns and Geometry.

Bio:

Charl du Toit is well known in the Montessori circles. He started his Montessori journey in Gauteng, under the guidance of Heidi van Staden. During this time, he served on SAMA EXCO member with a key interest in organizing SAMA conferences. He joined Village Montessori School in 2011 where Bhavna Bhagattjee supported him in the practical application of the Montessori Principles. He served as President of SAMA from 2011 to 2013 during which he became known for his monthly Montessori articles to parents. Charl is currently the Vice Head of Generation Schools Hermanus and is serving on SAMA ExCo as ordinary member.

He is passionate about Montessori, as seen in his daily work, where he aspires to enrich not only the lives of children, but the work of adults alike. “It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.”-Maria Montessori.

Teaser:

This guided workshop experience will provide Montessori educators a platform to experience, explore and develop their connection to the practice of embodied mindfulness. Participants will be led and supported through the following six short focused processes: 1. Grounding Yoga sequence – Establishing mindfulness of posture, breath and emotion. 2. Warming and invigorating Yoga flow – Cultivating curiosity, courage and energetic connection. 3. Balancing Yoga sequence – Sinking roots, extending shoots and kindling the centre. 4. Relaxing Yoga sequence – Inviting deep release and selfless grace. 5. Re-awakening QiGong sequence – Integrating one’s experience and carrying your practice out into the world. 6. Reflection – An optional dialogue for those who wish to share and inquire.

Bio:

James Ewen Prain, is an educator at Generations Schools Hermanus. He also leads yoga classes, retreats and teacher trainings. He is also the founder of Praektis, a social empowerment project dedicated to radical human integrity through embodied mindfulness.

Following my formative experiences facilitating Embodied Mindfulness sessions for delegates at SAMA 2017 and the ESF 2018, I would dearly appreciate the opportunity to continue the work of sharing the application of such principles and practices to the delegates of SAMA 2019.

 

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