support, community & early education
Parenting is exhausting, overwhelming and amazing all at the same time - and its often harder than it has to be! As parents, we are tasked with being our children's first teacher without training or a manual while dedicated early childhood educators have largely been missing from the conversation...until now! Arc Montessori connects you to a community of parents and to trained early childhood educators to help you on your parenting journey.
We offer community groups, classes and home visits (online or in-person) as well as a host of resources, tips and ideas on our blog.
find a group
We strongly believe in the modern village model where new parents are banded together instead of apart. Our groups offer supportive, community spaces where you can connect with other parents as well as trained educators.
baby & me @ grand lake montessori
This Baby & Me group meets once a week and is for expecting parents and families with non-walking infants 0-12 months old. Parents and infants welcome. RSVP is required. We sometimes host music groups, informal classes on starting solids, discussions around sleep, language development and more! Grand Lake Montessori also sponsors home visits for group attendees!
Do you have questions about Montessori education, parenting or child development? Join Montessori FAQ and ask today! We have a team of certified Montessori teachers ready to answer your questions! From "what is the difference between baby-led weaning and Montessori weaning?" to "What gifts can I recommend grandparents get my baby?" - its your forum, ask today!
workshops & classes
find a workshop or class
Get parenting support from a community of parents, facilitated by an early childhood educator! Our classes and workshops are hosted by local Montessori schools or available in our shop (coming soon!). Hear what parents are saying about our workshops!
Our prenatal classes give you the information you need about life after baby. Get a glimpse into postpartum life, your child's early essential development and home set-up tips & gear recommendations with you and your child's development in mind.
parenting the newborn
Arc Montessori is at Grand Lake Montessori with our Parenting the Newborn workshop! When we think of the child's first year, we know there is an incredible amount of development and that it serves as a critical foundation for the child. But this is also a time that is the most difficult for parents! Join us for this two hour workshop with other expecting families to learn about how to support both the parent and the baby in this first important year (and beyond!). Workshops are open to the public an offered throughout the academic year.
FREE (sponsored by Grand Lake Montessori)
Join us for a parenting workshop to learn more about your child's development from birth to six, how that can help but their behavior into context and get effective strategies to use right away (even that same night!)! From tantrums to mealtimes, chores to sibling conflict, we give you practical information and tools you can use.
"Let's Talk" Series
Arc Montessori is at Grand Lake Montessori with our "Let's Talk" workshops! Each 2-part series will focus on a theme: the child’s work with an adult, themselves, or their peers. These workshops feature two events: one lecture based on the theme and a follow up discussion a few weeks later. The "Let's Talk" series is geared toward families with children 1-6 years old. Workshops are open to the public an offered throughout the academic year.
Sliding scale $0-$35 per family per night. Childcare available for GLM students.
Featured Lecture: Conflict, Resolution & the Birth of Collaboration
Mariana Bissonnette, founder of Arc Montessori, will be speaking at BAMA (Bay Area Montessori Association). In this talk, learn about how collaboration naturally comes about and come away with practical tools to move conflicts to resolution. Join us Dec. 2nd from 9am-12pm
material making workshops
Do you like to make things? Get a group of friends together or join an existing group for a guided workshop! These workshops are hosted at one of the participants houses and are a fun, interactive way to meet other families, ask questions and leave with some great materials! All you need is a minimum of 5 (maximum of 10) families to come together we will agree on a date! All materials are included. Contact us for more information.
Montessori Cursive Magnet Letters
Join an upcoming group or create your own to have a guided workshop about literacy with an Early Childhood Educator and make your own set of cursive Montessori refrigerator magnets.
Montessori Mobile Making
Join an upcoming group or create your own to have a guided workshop about play and early motor development with an Early Childhood Educator and make your own Montessori mobile!
schedule a home visit
Books and blogs can only take you so far. Sometimes things really resonate, sometimes it feels like your child is the one exception. Every child is different and every family is too! Let us help you reach your parenting goals with a home visit (in-person or online) where we will help you set up your space and understand your child. Our approach is personalized, informative and actionable so you have effective tips to use right away. Here's what parents are saying.
EACH VISIT INCLUDES:
Two main topics: from toys and tools for learning, starting solids (to create a healthy eater), developing personal responsibility and self-care and more!
Visit Notes with developmental information and personal recommendations from the visit
Specific ways/tools to support this development
Recommendations on how to prepare your home environment to support the child
Specific recommendations/demonstrations on how to work with the child
We are partnered with Grand Lake Montessori to provide the earliest home visits for FREE. When you connect with Grand Lake Montessori by either a school tour or attending our Baby & Me group, you can get up to six home visits sponsored by the school. This typically supports you and your family over the course of your baby's first year.
Learn more at www.grandlakemontessori.com
LUCY is a benefit sold to employers to gift to their expecting employees. LUCY packages include in-home or virtual sessions with a wide range of supportive experts. Our founder, Mariana Bissonnette, is LUCY's Early Childhood Expert and offers our home visits for families receiving LUCY benefits.
Learn more at www.startwithlucy.com
home visit testimonials
baby & me testimonials