Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Spring Regional Teachers Conference
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Hosted by Hawai’i Montessori, Inc.
Angeline Geldhof, Executive Director
74-978 Manawale’a Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808-329-0700 • Fax: 808-334-0327
Email: [email protected]
Early Reading and Montessori Education
Presented by Lillian Kroenke
We know that modern brain research has validated the accuracy of many of Dr. Montessori’s observations of the young child from birth to six. Now we are learning that research has identified additional capabilities. How does this fit with Montessori practice. Montessorians are committed to following the child and providing programs that support the child’s potential development. I will present and review a current program, Your Baby Can Read!® , created by an educator and scientist, which seems to fit the bill.
Infant Toddler Cognition and Brain Development
Presented by Bill Kroenke
Current brain research on young infants relies on advanced testing protocols to study their response to external stimuli. I will review the latest brain research with emphasis on the ability of infants to have a sense of numbers and to answer the question as to whether there is a sensitive period for numbers analogous to the sensitive periods for language and music development. I will relate Montessori education to the latest concepts resulting from what is currently known about infant’s cognitive abilities. Finally, I will show once again that Dr. Montessori was well ahead of her time and briefly touch on the implication of the current brain research to future Montessori programs.
The Registration Fee of $15.00 includes lunch.
09:30 AM-10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM-11:00 AM Early Reading, Part 1, Lillian Kroenke
11:00 AM-11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM-12:00 AM Early Reading, Part 2, Lillian Kroenke
12:00 PM-01:00 PM Lunch
01:00 PM-02:30 PM Infant Cognition, Bill Kroenke
Elanbe Publishing Services will display some of their materials.
About the Presenters:
Lillian Kroenke completed her Montessori certification in 1963-64. She has a B.A. from Kent State University with a major in Chemistry and an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University in Early Childhood Education.
Lillian was the Head Teacher at the Hudson Montessori School in Hudson, Ohio, the 41st Montessori school in the US. She was the Director of the AMS School Consultation Service for five years and lectured for several teacher education programs and at many teacher conferences. She later worked with the Montessori Development Foundation to develop the materials needed for a basic language curriculum for 3 to 6 programs and which are still sold by Nienhuis.
Lillian built a school in Kent, Ohio, with programs for children 3 to 9 and started a business to provide classroom materials. Today she is the publisher of Infants and Toddlers journal and owner of Elanbe Publishing Services which provides vocabulary building and language materials for children from 2 ½ to 7.
Bill Kroenke has a B.S. and PhD from Case Institute of Technology. He has had a distinguished career as a research chemist and material scientist who has authored or coauthored 53 U.S. Patents. However, he has set aside the chemical element for the human element as Associate Editor for Infants and Toddlers Journal. Bill’s current research interest is the academic and social development of infants and toddlers.
Directions from the Kona Airport:
Turn right onto the Queen Kaahumanu Hwy/HI-19. Drive about 3.6 miles to the traffic light at Hina Lani Street. Turn left onto Hina Lani and go all the way up until you come to Mamalahoa Hwy/Hawaii Belt Rd/ HI-190. Turn left at the lights. This road will eventually turn into Palani Rd. Go about 1.5 miles until you come to Uluaoa St. turn right onto Uluaoa and go to the end of the street until you come to Kealaka’a Street. Turn right onto Kealaka’a. Manawale’a Street is the first left once you are one Kealaka’a Street. Go down about a block and a half. HMS is on the left hand side. Parking will need to be on the Kealaka’a Street and you can walk to the school. There are 15 minute loading zones in front of the school.
Arrangements can be made to meet you at the airport and return you to the airport after closing.