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How to Help the Young Child
Become Emotionally Intelligent

People with high emotional intelligence find it easier to be successful in life. They have better mental health, job performance, and leadership skills. Young children are immature, but they are developing foundational skills in all areas in the early years, including emotional development. 

What we can do to help emotional, immature young children develop the competencies of emotionally intelligent people? Help them develop self-awareness -- understanding of their own feelings -- and self-management -- managing their feelings well, without hurting themselves or others. There are a lot of skills involved and it takes some time to develop them -- you can help!


Let them experience the range of emotions and practice coping with them without trying to change how they feel about things.
Like everything else they need to learn, self-awareness and managing emotional states requires practice. You can help your young child learn to cope with such feelings. Understanding our feelings is the first step in coping with them. 

You may need to ignore the parenting advice about distracting and cajoling your child out of their feelings if you want to help them develop their emotional intelligence. If adults constantly try to distract young children from feelings of hurt or frustration, that robs the young child of opportunities to practice coping with those feelings. If you think about a time you were hurt or upset about something and your partner, friend, or parent said "you shouldn't feel that way" or tried to tease you out of your feelings, you know it didn't help the hurt or upset go away; rather, it just let you know they didn't want to hear it. Your young child will have a similar experience when you deny, dismiss, or try to talk them out of their feelings. 

Sometimes, you just may not be up to handling your child's hurt feelings after a long day. But, whenever possible, instead of trying to distract your child from "negative" emotions, see it as an opportunity to help them with emotional development. Understand that you are not responsible for your children's difficult feelings or upsets and remember that your child needs practice understanding and managing these feelings. Look for opportunities to be a caring and supportive bystander and just be present with them when they're upset. 

Acknowledge and name their feelings. One of the simplest and most powerful ways to help your child develop emotional strength involves paying attention enough to their feelings to say "You are so excited that Daddy's home," or "You think Rover is hilarious when he scratches behind his ear," or "You are frustrated that I won't buy that toy for you." Look for opportunities to just name their feelings. You may be surprised at how much just being understood and having a name for what their feeling helps. 

Strive to maintain order and predictability in the young child's environment. Order and predictability bring calm. If you look at your own experience, you will see that it's true. When your car or your bedroom or your office are a cluttered mess, this stresses you emotionally. Research demonstrates that children and adults learn less and are less productive in cluttered environments. Young children may be particularly sensitive to this effect.

Practice naming your child's feelings to help them develop the emotional competencies of self-awareness and self-management. Let me know what you learn!

Dr. Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D. is an expert in human development who has worked with hundreds of children and parents, and hundreds of early childhood caregivers. She loves to coach parents and caregivers who want to make a great positive difference for young children, and are committed to their own growth and development to achieve that impact. 

To learn about classes and talks Dr. Ginny offers on child development or to sign up for her mailing list, go to Her new book "Let Me Do It Myself!" is due to be published this month -- get on the preorder list for your own copy!


Montessori Workshops are coming to the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference 2016!    
February 19-20, 2016
Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO   


Friday, February 19, 2016

  • 9:15AM - 10:45AM: The Nature Based Classroom, Gina Abegg
Learn to enrich learning outdoors with natural play spaces and a wide variety of activities including work centers, art integration, nature study, gardening, weather study, and seasonal activities. A power point presentation of nature activities in several Montessori schools is included as are resource lists and models. 
  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM: The  Power of Each One: Differentiating Instruction in the Early Years Classroom, Yasmine Ghandour
No two children learn in the same way, nor at the same pace. Standard, teacher-led activities rarely target the specific needs of each child in a classroom. If we truly want each child to meet his potential, we must attend to his individual needs. Based on proved best practices and effective evidence-based strategies, this workshop will equip participants with hands-on classroom management techniques using examples from a Montessori classroom. Participants will learn to prepare an environment that will encourage autonomous learning, and that will free the educator to observe the children, to gather data, and to successfully feed future instruction.
  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM: Montessori 101 - Using the Past to Change the Future, Michelle Ewing
In this workshop we will briefly explore the roots of Montessori education with a history of Maria Montessori and her work. We will then explain the core principles of the teaching method and how they can be incorporated into all varieties of ECE classrooms and programs. Finally, we will tie our learning into the new Colorado Shines and how Montessori can help shape the future of ECE. This is an interactive session where questions and suggestions are encouraged. All teachers and administrators across all disciplines are welcome to attend this informational session where "old" ideas can provide a framework for new perspectives in education.
  • 1:30PM - 3:00PM: Montessori at Home, Roxanne Gongea
"Montessori at Home" addresses to those interested in implementing ways to support the development of young children at home. This is a great opportunity to learn how to truly nurture your child's potential at home and how to set up your home for an infant or toddler using principles of how to support movement, independence and choice.
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM: Vision-Based Staff Evaluation: Create Meaningful Staff Evaluation Tools the MCHD Way, Rachel Averch
We will be looking at how to tie your vision to your evaluation process to develop meaningful performance evaluation tools that objectively measure what actually matters to you and your school. We will also explore why you may want to consider tying your evaluations to your staff's pay increases, how to do that, and also how you can easily use the findings of your evaluation tools to write relevant professional development plans with your teachers. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • 9:15AM - 12:15PM: The Four Planes of Development/A Montessori Perspective, P. Donohue Shortridge
Come to this session to learn about Dr. Maria Montessori's theory on child development. What is the trajectory of development over the entire span of childhood; what are the needs and tasks of the child at each plane and how might the practitioner and parents foster the optimal development of the child all along the way. 
  • 9:15AM - 10:45AM: A School Leader's Guide to Montessori, RB Fast
This engaging workshop perfectly blends Montessori theory with the daily practices of administrators. Together we will actively work to discover how we can apply the wisdom of Montessori to our everyday interactions with parents, teachers, and ourselves. Individual reflection and lively conversation are both featured in this workshop.
  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM: Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of the First Plane of Development, Abigail Miller
If self-discipline is a natural process, which occurs spontaneously in the child as he grows older, develops his faculties, and acquires more experience in more sophisticated social environments, what is the role of the adult guide and classroom environment in supporting this environment? We will explore the ways in which social-emotional development is embedded in all aspects of Montessori theory and practice, and the ways in which the Montessori classroom is designed to meet the social-emotional development of children. We will utilize attachment theory, developmental psychology, and neuropsychology to consider the predictable stages through which children develop socially, and then explore the ways in which the classroom can meet the needs of the child as fully as possible, removing obstacles to development, working with the child's intrinsic motivation, and addressing mistaken behaviors.
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM: Scientific Investigations, Bekke Howell, Vida West
Science for early childhood classrooms can be a reality when children are encouraged to explore the physical world through hands-on science experiments and carefully guided journaling. Attendees will return home with a plethora of ideas as well as helpful tips to improve journaling in the classroom.
  • 1:30PM - 3:00PM: "Then You Can't Come To My Birthday" - How to Eliminate Bullying and Enhance Positive Social Skills in the Preschool Classroom, Emily Yoder, Reyn Hedger
Communication can be difficult for preschool children. Their developing thoughts and language may be interpreted incorrectly by peers. While this process is developmentally appropriate for children, teachers often need to facilitate in these interactions in order to maintain peace in the classroom, teach social graces, and assist in conflict resolution. This workshop provides role modeling, songs, and demonstrations, offering teachers new and exciting resources to assist the children in the development of positive social skills as they navigate through peer interactions. 
  • 1:30PM - 3:00PM: Montessori Guidance, Abigail Miller
This workshop will explore the ways in which authentic Montessori programs meet the social emotional needs of young children and the ways in which guidance is provided in the classroom setting. It will examine the ways Montessori practitioners can use evidence-based practices for promoting social-emotional development, redirecting mistaken behavior, and the indicators for assessing social emotional development. It will specifically compare and contrast the Montessori approach to popular programs, including CLASS, the Pyramid Model (CSEFEL), RTI models, and other systems of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, and discuss the ways in which Montessori practitioners can utilize these frameworks. 
  • 3:15PM - 4:15PM: The Montessori Materials, Pauline Meert, Irene O'Brien
We will go over the different areas of learning found in a Montessori classroom. This is a practical, hands-on workshop applying Montessori principles to learning. We will demonstrate how to create your own activities in the home or classroom using simple materials and home supplies for each area. 
  • 3:15PM - 4:15PM: Language for Building Cultural and Community Values, Denise Glenn
The language we use to establish expectations for our classroom defines our cultural values. This workshop will examine language, both verbal and symbolic, that forms our ideals and values in our own culture. We will expose communication pitfalls that often undermine and drain our efforts to establish consistency, routine and community in our classroom environments. During this session current strategies, grounded in both theory and current practice, will be demonstrated. Attendees can plan on small and large group activity. Participants will develop words and symbols they can bring to their environments to develop culture, strengthen community, and support each member's potential. 


Benefits of serving on the CMA Board:

  • Advocate for Montessori through CDHS, CDE, and the legislature
  • Influence advocacy work and decisions
  • Plan fun gatherings for Montessori teachers
  • Participate in Montessori events across Colorado
  • Build a strong professional support network
  • Know you're making a difference daily!
Interested? Email your resume to us at:
February Meeting:
When: February 18th, 2016 1:00-3:00 pm
Where: Monarch Montessori:
 4894 Peoria Street Denver CO 80239

Topic: Colorado law on appeals from regulatory actions and employment law as it relates to private school employees.
Speaker: Curtis Shortridge

Come and join other Montessori Heads of School as we network, discuss relevant issues and support one another in leading our schools.  Don't miss it!

If you are interested in hosting a Director's Network meeting at your school or in being a speaker, please email us at!

Pencil in the third Thursday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm, and watch for the e*vites and newsletter announcements each month.

New Child Care Center Rules Effective February 1, 2016        

The Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL) is pleased to announce the new and updated Rules Regulating Child Care Centers (less than 24-hour care) are effective Monday, February 1, 2016.

The Division wants to assure that every provider is aware of the resources available:
Important: Implementation Timeline
The Division of Early Care and Learning will implement a six-month consultation period beginning February 1, 2016 through August 1, 2016. The implementation period includes only new rules that do not represent a health or safety concern for children or staff members at the facility. 

During the implementation period, a consultation sheet will be completed by the Licensing Specialist as part of the routine inspection to provide information and technical assistance regarding regulations in which the facility is expected to be in compliance. Citations for non-health and safety violations will not be given prior to August 1, 2016.

All rules regulating child care centers (less than 24-hour care) revised February 1, 2016 must be implemented before August 1, 2016 unless an alternative date is specified within rule or on the consultation sheet. Child care centers must be in compliance with all health and safety rules immediately. Health and safety rules are not included in the consultation period.

All questions may be directed to your Licensing Specialist or to the Division of Early Care and Learning, Licensing and Administration Unit at 1-800-799-5876 or
Register now for our Late February Workshops!
Saturday February 27th, 2016 - Workshops and Presenters
  • Introduction to Montessori Philosophy – P. Donohue Shortridge
  • Observation: The Key to Meeting the Needs of Children – Betsy Hoke
  • Neuroscience Connections to the Montessori Journey – Dr. Dee Joy Coulter
  • The Montessori Bells – Ann Massengill
  • Montessori and the Marshmallows: Understanding the Latest Brain Research – P. Donohue Shortridge
  • The Joys of the Montessori Full Day Program – Nancy Ahlstrand (All Day)
Sunday February 28th, 2016 - Workshops and Presenters
  • Becoming a Dynamic Montessori Assistant  Teacher â€“ Betsy Hoke
  • The Voice of Therapists: Resources for Montessori Teachers – Sara Hill and Colleagues
  • Inside the Spiral of Time – Stories of Special Places in Colorado and Where You Fit In – Karen Kudebeh
  • Dance for Children – Libby Broughton
  • Self-regulation in the Montessori Classroom – Maria Arias
  • How the Peace Rose Grows – Devon Warn and Hannah Ebner
Brochure:     For full brochure, click here.

Location:      Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
                      4745 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301          303-494-3002
Directions:  From Denver to Boulder on Rte 36 or Hwy 93: Exit & Go East on Baseline.  Turn left and go North on 30th Street. Turn right and go East on Walnut Street. Go under the bridge and MECR is the 3rd building on the left side (north).
Registration: Complete the registration by Friday, February 19, 2016:
                          No walk-in registration.
                          Limited space availability
                          10% discount for 2 or more teachers from the same school (on one check or card)
Participants receive Certificates of Attendance for up to 10 hours of professional development 
Montessori Education Center of the Rockies – Professional Development Workshops - 2016
Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Invites you to attend two workshops presented by
the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector 

February 12 & 13, 2016

Keynote Speaker: 
Melissa Harbert, currently Head of School at Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School in Gresham, OR, is the NCMPS speaker for these two presentations.

Friday, February 12, 2016 (6:00-8:30pm)
Vision, Mission Action: Establishing a Healthy Professional Community

Saturday, February 13, 2016 (9:00-11:30am)
Following the Family: Holistic Approaches to Family Engagement

Where:    Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, 4745 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone:    303-494-3002
Cost:       Cost for each workshop individually is $60, or you may register for both together for $100. 
For more information about these programs, please call MECR at 303-494-3002, and to register, go to the MECR website for registration information.
Colorado League of Charter Schools Conference
February 25-27, 2016

Come talk Montessori and the future of public accountability at the Colorado League of Charter Schools Conference
on Friday, February 26!

Have you ever considered whether the state could develop a new accountability system that is better aligned to Montessori practice? With recent passage of the Ever Student Succeeds Act at the federal level, the potential for something better is possible -- and it may lie in competency-based system design. 

On Friday, February 26, CDE and its collaborating partner CEI will be presenting a 75-minute session on Competency-Based Systems and there will then be a special breakout for Montessori schools to talk about whether this new design framework may be a better fit for public Montessori schools. 

To register for the League conference, please follow this link:
"Let us give the child a vision of the Whole Universe... the Universe is an important reality, and an answer to all questions. We shall walk together on this path of life: for all things are a part of the Universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Colorado Montessorians unite! Support Montessori advocacy in Colorado while also enjoying the benefits of networking, community forums and discounts on events, including great speakers like David Kahn, Jackie Cossentino, Tim Seldin and Phil Gang!  
Without members like you, CMA's work to ensure Montessori training for QRIS quality raters, advocacy for testing options for public Montessori schools, and the passing of House Bill 1276 allowing breakable waivers for Montessori schools wouldn't be possible...
If you aren't already a member, click here to sign up now. 

Member Schools can now sport the CMA "Member Program" Logo on their websites!
If you are a CMA member school or organization in good standing, it’s worth sharing that information!   That you have chosen to partner with other Montessori programs in the state gives additional credibility to not only your school, but Montessori education in general.
You are invited to add this “CMA Member Program” logo to your website, or use it in print publications.  We ask that you complete a “CMA Logo Use Application Form”, and send a signed copy to CMA via email to: Upon receipt of a signed agreement, we will respond to your email with a digital version of the program member logo shown below for your use.  

Primary, Lower Elementary & Upper Elementary Teachers
Mountain Village Montessori Charter School
Steamboat Springs, CO

About Us: 
Want to be part of something special? Mountain Village Montessori Charter School is the new Montessori Charter located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat Springs is a small, rural community famous for world class skiing and a family environment located in Northwest Colorado. It's a town of approximately 12,000 people. This community values education, family, and the outdoors. Our charter has been approved and we are scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

We are currently seeking Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary Teachers who are willing to help develop and implement an outstanding Montessori program. 

Required Qualifications:
- A Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university
- AMI/AMS/MACTE certified at the appropriate grade level
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills with both children and adults
- Ability to work collaboratively
Preferred Qualifications:
- 3+ years of experience in a Montessori classroom
- Experience in the charter school system
- Leadership experience in an educational setting
- Director Qualification
To Apply:
If you are interested in any of these positions, please send a cover letter explaining what position you are applying for and what skills you think you could bring to the school, along with a current resume to Emily Barnhart at Visit our website to find a more detailed description of the positions available. The starting date is August 1, 2016.



Upper Elementary Lead Guide & Full or Part-Time Middle School Science/Math Lead Guide for the 2016-2017 School Year
St. Vrain Community Montessori School
Longmont, CO

About Us: 
St. Vrain Community Montessori School is a seven year old PK-8 charter school offering an authentic Montessori education in a public, charter school environment. We serve approximately 230 students in 8 classrooms. We will grow to reach over 300 students when we achieve full enrollment goal. We are the only public Montessori school in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Our school embraces the Montessori values of respect for self, others, and the environment. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share these values and model them for our students and our community at large.

Our school is located in Longmont, CO. Located within Boulder County, Longmont is 22 square miles, with over 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. Longmont has over 1500 acres of parks and open space, making it perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Longmont is located 37 miles from Denver, 16 miles from Boulder. 

Candidate Educational Requirements:
- B.A. required.
- Must be AMS or AMI Montessori credentialed for Upper Elementary. 
Skills and Experience:
- Significant lead teaching experience in an authentic Montessori environment
- Familiarity with charter school accountability requirements
- Understanding of standards-based curriculum alignment and progress monitoring systems that ensure achievement of outcomes
- A true desire for collaboration with peers
- A commitment to open, honest communication in the spirit of continuous improvement

SVCMS also seeks a well-qualified Middle School Science and Math Lead Guide and two Lower Elementary Guides (2nd credentialed adult) for 2016-2017.

It is the policy of SVCMS to recruit, hire, train, educate, promote, and administer all personnel and instructional actions, without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or public assistance. 
To Apply:
Contact Katie Torres, Head of School, St. Vrain Community Montessori School for additional information. 303-682-4339 (p), 303-682-8925 (f). Please provide resume and references before calling.


Lead Teachers for the 2016-2017 School Year
Montessori Children's House of Denver
Denver, CO

Position Description: 
MCHD is currently accepting applications from Montessori Certified Lead Teachers for the 2016-2017 School Year. Apply now for an opportunity to work within the MCHD community!

Position Requirements:
- Montessori Certification through a MACTE accredited teacher training program. 
- BA and 2 or more years of lead teaching experience preferred, but not required
Click here for more information about the Montessori Children's House of Denver

Start Date: August 2016

Please email or fax resume to Attn: Michelle O'Donoghue, Executive Director. 
Email: Fax: 303-355-8629 Phone: 303-322-8324 x 121

If you have a position that you would like to see posted in the CMA newsletter, please contact us with your position information at: 

Cost:  $35.00 per month for Member Schools, $75.00 per month for Non-Member Schools. 

Position posting deadline is the 3rd Friday of each month for the coming month's newsletter.

To become a CMA member school, click here.
Get Involved with CMA... 
Articles & Images Needed - Submission deadline: the 3rd Friday of each month.
  • Are you a published author or photographer? Would you like to be? Submit your original work to CMA by the 3rd Friday of each month with the possibility of having your photographs and/or article selected for one of the future newsletters. Submit photographs and articles for consideration to CMA at with a copy of your article and some details about yourself. (CMA reserves the right to edit all material prior to publication). 
Be a member!
  • If you aren't already, sign up to become a member of the Colorado Montessori Association, by clicking here.  
  • If you are already a member, don't forget to renew your membership now!
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CMA Board of Directors
Kathryn Ross - President
RB Fast - Vice President

Lyn Mead - Treasurer
Rachel Averch - Secretary
Sheila Wolfe

Jim Barrett
Martha Teien

February Board Meeting:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Montessori Children's House of Denver Stapleton Campus
2211 Xanthia Way, Denver 80238


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Member Benefits:

  • Two program administrators are enrolled at no extra charge.
  • Lead teachers receive a $10 discount on membership.
  • Discounts on admission to CMA sponsored professional development events.
  • Featured on CMA website with a link to the school’s website.
  • $40 discount on job advertisements in the CMA newsletter.
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