Bedford Montessori School
Saturday November 17, 2018

“Teaching Children

Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning and Living”

​​Terri Hamilton, M.A.

Saturday, November 17th from 9-12pm

Bedford Montessori School, 24 Tirrell Hill Rd, Bedford, N.H. 627-9545     Cost  $20 ( 3 credit hours/certificate).

Join us for an inspiring three hour workshop and return to your classrooms ready to implement new skills on Monday morning! ​Children of all ages can benefit from learning how to incorporate the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can help parents and caregivers,

too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress. Learn about activities that develop compassion, focus, curiosity and empathy. Brain focused activities boost social and emotional learning and thus clears the mind for all types of creative learning. Topics include:

  • Improving children’s self control and self regulation skills
  • Strengthening children’s abilities for making decisions
  • Reducing peer-to peer conflict
  • Specific strategies for calming the mind and the body.
  • The power and functions of the brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, the amygdala and the hippocampus.

Please join us on November 17th to learn more about strategies for creating peaceful, calmer learning environments!  Many children’s books will be on display as well as “Mind-Up” teachers guide based on the works of Goldie Hawn.



Please join us! Fall NHMA workshop on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

At North End Montessori School, 698 Beech Street, Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: 603.621.9011

NHMA 2018 Workshop Day
Saturday October 13, 2018

North End Montessori School
698 Beech Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Phone: 603.621.9011

8:00-8:30-Arrive and sign in, Renew membership

8:30-10:30Emergency Operations Planning for Child Care Programs, Carole Totzkay & Claudette Mallory
Please bring your current Emergency Operations Plan and to also bring 1 copy of the blank EOP Template for reference.  There is not a requirement to use the EOP Template, but it can be very helpful as a resource.


10:45-12:00-Executive Functioning Skills In Early Childhood, Celia Botto, Candidate for Masters of Education in Curriculum Design & Instruction with a Concentration in Special Education

12:00-1:00-Lunch-Brown bag or go out

1:00-2:15-Differentiated Instruction, Celia Botto

2:15-3:30-Understanding the Montessori Method in the Toddler Years-Lora Allison, Certified Infant/Toddler Montessorian

Bring your own lunch; we will have coffee, tea and snacks.

You will receive six professional development credits for this day of workshops.

This will be a good time to renew your NHMA membership if you haven’t already.

COST is ten dollars for each participant, checks to NH Montessori Association.

RSVP to Laura at so we know how many to expect, but you can join at the last minute too!

 NH Montessori Association Spring Meeting

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Location:  Blue Heron School at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Route 113 & Route 3
Holderness NH 03245
968-7194 x 40

Seven hours of professional development
Cost-$60, $50 for members

8:45 arrival and sign in

9:00-12:00 Scott Noyes presentation*

12:00-1:00 Lunch and NHMA annual meeting

1:00-4:00 Scott Noyes*

Please bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea and snacks will be available.
Please contact Laura at  RSVPs help for planning, but you are welcome to join at the last minute too!

*Brain Development – Part 1
Theory, Application and Action Steps

Raising children is all about growing brains.

Does listening to Mozart make children smarter?
What’s up with Baby Einstein videos?
Do brain toys and early academic exposure work?
Does telling a child they are smart make them intelligent?
Why is empathy important in an evolving brain?

By examining the current research on infant and toddler brain development, this seminar works to develop the practical applications and action steps for child care providers. Understanding the difference between a stressed and an unstressed brain, boy brains and girl brains, and sensitive periods and critical periods, provides for many lively discussions addressing, “What does all this stuff mean?”

Feeding the Developing Brain

The more we know about the food and brain connection, the better choices we can make about the diet. Starting several million years ago, we had enough additional caloric energy through changes in lifestyle and diet to actually build a completely new section of brain. This new brain, the prefrontal cortex, plays key roles in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness. How is this structure best fueled? What are the ramifications of the brain not receiving its daily requirements of nutrients? This presentation looks at the food sources required to optimize the brain.

You can learn more about Scott at his website,