Pots & Pansies

Let's get outside! Who is ready for meaningful learning, play, and exploration outdoors?


We've created a two week course that uses Montessori principles to guide outdoor space and time. We will dive into what makes a great accessible and organized outdoor space - no matter where you live, how much space you have, or what the climate. We are going to dive deeply into your own expectations around outdoor play, why it's so important to get outside, and challenge you to make a plan for how to make outdoor play a reality for you. Is it Springtime for you? Summer? Autumn? Even Winter? No matter. Any season will work, because this class is all about the planning. 

Then, we will dive into some outside based Montessori lessons and activities. Do you often feel like you could be doing more outside? But, not quite sure where to start? Pots and Pansies will provide basic lessons that you can present to your children the learning and the fun! This course is designed for parents of young children, birth to age 5. 


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 filled with personal reflection, lesson ideas, and tips

  • 2 LIVE video workshops with Aubrey and Nicole

Enrollment starts Feb 18-24, 2019.

Mark your calendar: class begins March 4, 2019.

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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 cooking with children at home. 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, read interesting articles, and participate in thoughtful discussion questions about the week's topics.


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 70,000+ 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.

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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.