14 Days to Montessori Play: Orientation


Part 1: Complete Your Registration


Congrats in taking the first step toward gardening and exploring Montessori play with your child! We are SO excited that you decided to join us for this session. We can’t wait to learn more about you, your children, and your family's playtime. This Welcome Page was created to help you get oriented to the course format. Take a few minutes now to learn how to join the Facebook group, and don’t forget to mark your calendars to remind yourself to attend the Live videos, participate in discussions, and complete assignments!


The entire course will be facilitated inside a Facebook group. You will be responsible for checking in daily to view new posts with articles, quotes, tips, inspiration, and suggested assignments. You must first be a member of the group. 

Make sure you answer the questions, letting us know if your Paypal email/name is the SAME as your Facebook username. If we don’t know who you are, we can’t add you to the course! When we verify your payment, we will admit you to the group. Sometimes this takes a bit of time, since we manually add everyone to the current roster. If there is a slight delay, please be patient with us. There will be no real activity or discussion in the group until the first day of class, so we promise you aren’t missing anything until Day 1. 


Every Monday inside the Facebook group, you will see a link to a Google Doc with your assignments for that week. Once you open this document, you will be able to type in it directly by saving a copy for yourself, or you can choose to print it out.  


All of the video instruction will be streamed Live, right inside the group. We will schedule them 24 hours in advance so that you can plan ahead. For the first two weeks of class, there will be an instructional video group coaching session on Tuesdays.

If you are not able to watch them Live, this is no problem! Simply watch when it is most convenient for you and comment during the video. We will continue to respond to comments and questions after the video has been posted for replay. Replays will be available for the full 4 weeks of the course.


The Facebook group will be a vibrant, active community filled with inspiring quotes, discussion topics, motivational challenges, and more, posted daily. We ask that you “like” the posts as you read them, comment yourself on at least 5 posts, and reply 5 times to someone else’s comments every week. The more you participate, the more fun and dynamic the group will be!


Week 1: The “What” (START DATE OF THE COURSE: MAY 20, 2018)

During this week, we will be talking about what playtime looks like for babies and toddlers and how to evaluate the qualities of Montessori-friendly toys.

Monday - Introductions; save a copy of or print your Weekly Guide; read the lists provided at the end of the packet
Tuesday - Watch the Live Instructional and Q&A Video; take notes
Wednesday-Friday - Work on “Properties of Montessori-Friendly Toys”
Saturday/Sunday - Work on “High Quality Literature and Freedom of Movement”

Week 2: The “How”

This week will be all about your role as the adult as you introduce toys or other household objects to your little ones in a way that nurtures and inspires the whole child. We will also discuss toy rotations and gift-giving traditions.

Monday - Save a copy of or print your Weekly Guide; read the Handouts on “What is a Lesson?” provided at the end of the packet
Tuesday - Watch the Live Instructional and Q&A Video; take notes
Wednesday-Sunday - Work on “Lessons to Grow On”

Week 3 & 4: Open Discussion

But wait, we’re not done, yet! You will use these two weeks to finish assignments, review course content, ask each other questions, and discuss your challenges and successes. The group will be open for anyone to post relevant discussions about the course. Nicole and Aubrey will be available to offer support. Videos and course discussions will remain available in the group for you to review anytime. 

Part 3: Course Expectations & Privacy

Participants Rights and Responsibilities

Facebook: Participants must have access to Facebook to enroll in the community. Participants will receive access to a secret Facebook group upon enrollment. Access to this Facebook group will continue for as long as as participant chooses, unless a community standard is violated. Aubrey Hargis and Nicole Kavanaugh will moderate this Facebook group for four weeks from the start of the course. At the end of the four weeks, the group will be archived. If a participant chooses to leave the Facebook group early or if the participant’s access to Facebook is suddenly removed or suspended, there will be no course refunds.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available indefinitely.

Privacy: All materials shared as a part of this course are subject to copyright. Participants may NOT share course materials in any form, for any reason. Sharing of course materials may lead to penalties under the law. Participants are also banned from sharing Facebook group discussions or pictures of others. This material must stay in the Facebook group. If a participant shares group materials outside of the group, the participant will be immediately removed from the course. 

Refunds and Removal: No refunds will be issued after a participant has enrolled in the course. If extenuating circumstances occur, including severe illness or a death in the family, a participant could be placed in another section of the course at a later date. Any exceptions to this rule will be up to the discretion of Aubrey Hargis and Nicole Kavanaugh. If a refund is necessary (for example, accidentally paying twice when enrolling for the course) note that there may be extra fees automatically taken from Paypal or Stripe in which we are unable to refund. Switching to another course will only occur at the discretion of Aubrey Hargis and Nicole Kavanaugh. Removal from the course without refund will occur immediately if a participant shares course content. Removal can also occur at the discretion of Aubrey Hargis and Nicole Kavanaugh for any violation of community standards.

Community Standards: Every participant in the course must abide by the following community standards:
• Participants will act with grace and courtesy within the group. This includes refraining from name calling, profanity, disrespect, and judgment.
• Participants will refrain from harassing behavior including soliciting members for any offer, sharing affiliate links of any kind, or posting content unrelated to the course within the Facebook group.
• Participants should remember that everyone is here to support each other on their play journeys. The Facebook group is not the place to fight or discuss topics unrelated to play.
• Participants will contact Aubrey Hargis or Nicole Kavanaugh privately via email or private Facebook message if they have a specific issue with the course or another participant. However, Aubrey Hargis and Nicole Kavanaugh are not available to answer specific questions about a participant’s play issues in private unless the participant has paid for a consultation.

Disclosures: Limitation of Liability. By enrolling in this course You agree that You are voluntarily and unequivocally waiving any potential claim against Aubrey Hargis and/or Nicole Kavanaugh for liability to You. We are not liable for damage or injury to persons or property arising from any use of any product, information, idea, or instruction in this course or contained in the other materials provided to You. SPECIFICALLY, WE ARE NOT LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES, CLAIMS, DEMANDS OR CAUSES OF ACTION, DIRECT OR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE, AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THIS COURSE OR ITS CONTENT.

Ownership: This course is conducted and owned by Child Development Institute of the Redwoods and Kavanaugh LLC.

Any Questions? Contact Aubrey (aubrey@childoftheredwoods.com) or Nicole (nicole@thekavanaughreport.com). We’re here to help! 

P.S. Don't forget to join the group! We're waiting for you!