14 Days to Montessori Play

Maria Montessori said, "Play is the work of the child." We aim to clarify what this means for babies and toddlers! Enrollment for this course opens on November 23, 2018, and class will begin on December 3rd. Mark your calendars, and sign up for the waitlist to get a reminder so you don't miss it!


Play is essential in the life of a child. It is through play that children learn, discover, and engage with the world around them. But not all play is created equal. What does high quality playtime look like from birth to three? 


In this course, we'll be talking all about Montessori play for children from birth to age 3. Through our interactive, hands-on, live instruction you'll learn all about the important qualities of Montessori-friendly toys and books. Once we have talked about what you need, we'll dive into how you make it work. You'll learn how to create appealing toy shelves, how to present toys, and how to rotate. We'll end with two weeks of community discussion for all your toy and book related question, comments, and product recommendations! 

Ready to revolutionize your child's play? Ready to give your child the best possible start in life? Join our next session! 

What's Included? 

  • Access to a private Facebook community for 4 weeks 
  • 2 weeks of guided daily discussions and challenges and 2 weeks of community discussion 
  • A weekly guide with discussion questions, toy examples, and presentation tips 
  • 2 LIVE Facebook video workshops led by Aubrey and Nicole 

Dates & Times: 

The enrollment period is November 23-30, 2018.
Class begins on December 3, 2018.

Remember to join the waitlist (above) to get notified of open enrollment.


How Does it work? 

When you enroll in the course, you will be directed to join a private Facebook group. This will be our online classroom. You'll download your Weekly Guide to start your work.

Aubrey and Nicole will go "Live" on video once a week. On Tuesdays, we'll introduce weekly topic and give you concrete information about Montessori play at home from birth to three. We will also devote time in the Live video for a Q&A. (Yes, you can ask questions ahead of time!) We want to provide real-time support based on your own needs, so we will be active and engaged in the group.

Our course is designed to work well in any time zone. If you miss the Live videos, you'll be able to watch the replays at your leisure. Throughout the course, you'll check into the group forum to see inspiring quotes and participate in thoughtful discussion questions about the week's topics. 


About Your Guides

We are both passionate about child development and Montessori-inspired living, but more importantly, we are parents of our own delightful, independent, messy, and inquisitive children! For many years, we've been on the receiving end of kind words and solid advice, and we look forward passing on our knowledge, experience, and support to you.


Aubrey Hargis is the founder and executive director of The Child Development Institute of the Redwoods and the creator of the 90,000+ member Montessori 101 group on Facebook. Through CDIR, she offers coaching and consultations to parents and teachers who are looking for gentle parenting techniques and effective teaching strategies. As an educator and child development researcher, she has taught children aged from toddlers through elementary school in both the public and private school sector and holds both an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an American Montessori Society certificate in Lower Elementary. The coastal cliffs and the redwood trails in the San Francisco Bay area beckon her almost every weekend for another family adventure.


Nicole is the writer and creator of The Kavanaugh Report, which documents her family's Montessori home, and educates parents on how to incorporate Montessori into their lives. Nicole holds a B.A. in History and a Juris Doctor (J.D.). She has been studying Montessori philosophy for the past six years. As an admin of Montessori 101, Nicole strives to help parents incorporate Montessori at home, no matter where they are in their Montessori journey. Nicole lives in Minnesota with her husband, three children, and two dogs.