AMS Montessori Conference 2016

These are the workshops I attended and what I am learning:




Peace Education: Vital for Every Student

We got lessons presented to us from this amazing book:

Sonnie McFarland

Sonnie McFarland, the AMS 2011 Living Legacy, has been a Montessori educator for over 40 years. She is an international speaker, consultant, and workshop leader on educating for peace, personal transformation, community building, and Montessori parenting. She has written Honoring the Light of the Child and Shining Through: A Teacher’s Handbook on Transformation. She and her husband, Jim McFarland, PhD, received the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award for their co-authored book, Montessori Parenting: Unveiling the Authentic Self.

Patricia Yonka

Patricia Yonka is a member of the AMS Peace Committee. She is also the creator of the CD Peace Through Music. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).



Workshop 1

Reading Workshop

Amy Croel-Perrien

Amy Croel-Perrien, MEd, is a graduate student instructor at Michigan State University and a former Montessori elementary teacher in Holland, Michigan. AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II).


Mitchell Adler

He taught us about identifying and managing our

HW: for adults, teachers, parents, and students:

Write down 5 triggers in each of those categories

How do they manifest in your thoughts, your bodies, stomach head, actions

Think of a number 1-100:

  1. What’s the most stressed you’ve been in your life? That’s a 100
  2. What’s the most relaxed? That’s a 1.
  3. 50 is your baseline–daily. (Well, for some of us.)

For example, right now I’ feeling about a 60. I’m happy but not relaxed. I’m excited about this workshop and I’ve had a lot of coffee.


Workshop 2: Using Picture Books as Mentor Texts for Word Study


The Right Word


Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt



Workshop 4: 8-9:30



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