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CMA Meet and Greet, August 27th
CMA Meet and Greet is coming in August! Save the evening of Thursday, August 27th for a gathering with other Colorado Montessorians to kick off another great school year!

This event is for ANY Montessori educator at any level - assistants, interns, teachers, directors, administrators, etc.
This will be a great opportunity to talk with other teachers from other schools and to help CMA plan for ways to build and strengthen Montessori schools in Colorado. Watch our Facebook page and website for further details on this not-to-miss event (with door prizes)! 

RSVP to the E*Vite that was sent out on Thursday, July 30th. If you didn't receive an e*vite and would like to, email us at: with the email address you would like your invitations to go to, and we will add you to the e*vite guest list right away.

Be there! You and your chosen work are important to Colorado children and you deserve to celebrate with like-minded Montessori educators.
Colorado Montessori Association is an advocacy and community support organization. We work to serve both school and individual members. Through working together, we all have an opportunity to raise the quality of Montessori education in Colorado and make it available to more children. Please take a moment and fill out our CMA Special Events Survey, which we hope will help us to better understand what kinds of events will support you well. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!


By Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D.

Dr. Trierweiler will be conducting a workshop at the Montessori in the Mountains Conference on Saturday, September 26th from 3:30-4:45PM, titled "Seven Lessons for Parents. 
When parents and educators nurture the young child's natural learning drives, children develop great capabilities, confidence, and self-reliance. Yet modern child-rearing approaches often lead us further and further in the other direction. 

So what can Montessori teachers do to help parents nurture the best development in their young children?

Answers come from an observational study my colleague, Deborah Silvis, and I conducted. We wanted to figure out how to explain to people who were not trained in Montessori, including parents, what makes it possible for very young children to demonstrate such great capabilities at school—and how they can replicate it at home!

We focused on emerging executive functions and studied to learn-- when young children (infants through age 6) demonstrated initiative, focus of attention, sustained concentration, persistence, and self-control, what were the adults doing to support that?

The fist finding was that the Montessori teachers and environments provided rich opportunity for active, self-directed learning—much more than we see in other environments with young children. Young children, including babies and toddlers, were developing great skills in all areas, and organizing themselves in purposeful activity. It was clear that opportunities for active-self-directed learning elicited young children's natural learning drives and allowed them to develop ever-greater capability. 

Doesn't it seem obvious to say that young children learn best when their learning is active and self-directed? Yet, modern child-rearing approaches are moving increasingly in the other direction. Here's how I characterize it:

Adults grossly underestimate the young child's capabilities and inherent drives to learn
Most parents work long hours and lead extremely busy lives
Constant propaganda about the dangers to young children
Extreme restriction of the young child's movement. Young children are constantly told not to touch things. Adults do everything for them at an age when they are driven to do for themselves.

Modern child-rearing approaches ignore the fact that toddlers are absolutely driven to do what others can do--and that they must move and touch to learn. Unfortunately, when adults do everything for children and prevent them from exploring, they are teaching young children they they shouldn't even try to do things they're not already skilled at. This thwarts young children's natural learning drives, teaching them to be passive and immature, and stifling their development. And most parents aren't aware that these common practices have such negative effects on their children!

So, what can Montessori teachers recommend that parents do to encourage active, self-directed learning?
1. Encourage movement throughout the day.
2. Give the young child choice, support their initiative, and encourage their individual approach to learning. Show children how to do things without adult assistance and give them materials to fit their hands. Put interesting items that support independent work within reach of the child.
3. Allow young children to do independent work and to learn from their mistakes. Make it easy for them to clean up their own spills (e.g. accessible materials that fit their hands). Show more confidence in their ability to do things for themselves.
4. Help just enough—not too much. Develop a subtler sense of when help is actually helpful—and when it is distracting or demotivating. 

When adults tune into the young child's inherent learning drives, they can effectively encourage active, self-directed play and work. It is not necessary or constructive to do everything for them (after the first few months). The young child will, in turn, develop greater confidence, self-reliance, and skills—including the kind of skills that are particularly associated with success in life—self-management, initiative, persistence, and focus of attention.

Learn more at the Montessori in the Mountains Conference!

Article submitted by: Ginny Trierweiler, Ph.D. 
Dr. Trierweiler is a child psychologist and parent coach who is teaching a new generation of conscious parents and caregivers how to nurture the inherent brilliance in their child, from the first 3 years. She was the CEO of Family Star Montessori School from 2009 to 2014, where she discovered the secrets of how to support, rather than thwart, the natural learning drives and native intelligence of the young child. She is a contributor to New York Times, Yahoo Parent, and Fathers Inc. Magazine. Learn more or sign up to get her blog posts at or follow on Facebook at or contact her at,
"Montessori in the Mountains"
Conference Retreat

September 25-27, 2015
YMCA Conference Center and Resort, Estes Park, CO
Registration brochure is online at Click on RETREAT tab.

Join Montessori teachers and administrators from Colorado and beyond for a stimulating fall weekend of professional development and personal renewal in a beautiful mountain environment. CMA will host the Welcome Reception from 7-9:00 pm on Thursday, September 24th.
  • More than 70 workshops and panel discussions.
  • Noted presenters will include: Jennifer Morgan, Louise Chawla, Betsy Coe, Marta Donohoe, Judi Bauerlein, Susan Tracy McDaniel, Tanaya Winder, and Frank Leto, as well as local favorites: Dee Coulter, Alice Renton, Donohue Shortridge, Betsy Hoke, Kathryn Ross, Sonnie McFarland, and Betsy Lockhart. 
  • Sessions for Infant through Secondary levels.
  • Up to 15 hours credit for professional development.
  • Exhibit Hall (Alison's, ETC, Laughing Star, Great Extensions, Bluestem, Big Picture Science, Montessori Foundation, and more!)
  • Schools Showcase
  • Receptions and Dinners
  • Music, Yoga, and and Dance
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. 


By Rachel Averch

Table Washing
Table washing is a staple practical life lesson in the 3-6 classroom that, when done well, is mesmerizing and beautiful in its attention to detail, its many precise and important steps to completion, the points of interest along the way, and the direct preparation for cleaning a table combined with an indirect preparation for the child's sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.

The way that table washing subtly helps train the child's hands and eyes to move from left to right, and to make the swirling motion that will later help the child form the cursive letters of the alphabet and move from left to right when writing is, like the entire Montessori curriculum, purely a work of genius. Â 

I had the distinct pleasure of watching a master teacher demonstrate this lesson during a teacher training course this summer, and even though I had seen and personally given this lesson hundreds of times, I found myself completely enraptured watching the teacher's graceful, purposeful movements. I wanted to wash the table myself, to experience the feeling the scrub brush against the wood as it formed the bubbles and then the smooth, damp sponge as it gently removed them. Just imagine if that is how I felt, watching this lesson as a long time Montessorian, what it inspires within the child who is seeing it for the very first time!

The beauty of table washing is the beauty of every lesson that we give. It is found in the way that we slow ourselves down and connect deeply with the child, it is found in the graceful and purposeful movements that we make, in the deliberate pauses between motions, in the many sensory-stimulating points of interest buried in every work in the classroom, and in the conscious elevation of the simplest (or most complex) tasks by an Aware Adult who is giving that task his/ her full attention.

Watching someone masterfully engaged in purposeful work is like watching a dance of deep love. It contains the deepest beauty and inspires action in others. This type of dance requires discipline and practice and a type of muscle memory that doesn't come simply from doing a thing once or twice. It also requires a kindling of a light inside of yourself that feels joy and connectedness in performing even the simplest of tasks, sometimes after having performed them hundreds of times. So, take the time to practice the lessons in the classroom and to really experience them through all of your senses.

Article Submitted by: Rachel Averch, AMS, Montessori Children's House of Denver
"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

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.  
Montessori School of Conifer
Conifer, CO

Position Description
The Montessori School of Conifer is nestled between two mountain systems in the foothills, and just 12 minutes from C-470. Our children range in age from 2.5-7, and enjoy a calm and nurturing environment.
Position Requirements
Candidates must meet the minimum requirements for Colorado Early Childhood Lead or Assistant Teacher, and be willing to obtain CPR, First Aid, and Medical Administration Training within 30 days of hire. Candidates must have some Montessori experience, including but not limited to:

Lead Teachers:
  • Montessori Primary or Elementary as Lead Teacher/Guide
  • 6 months working in a Montessori environment as an assistant teacher/classroom assistant, but Colorado Early Childhood qualified as Lead Teacher
  • Students (Montessori/Elementary Ed/Early Childhood Ed) with Early Childhood or Elementary Education experience will be considered.
Assistant Teachers:
  • 6 months working in a Montessori Environment as an assistant teacher/classroom assistant
  • Students (Montessori/Elementary Ed/Early Childhood Ed) with Early Childhood or Elementary Education experience will be considered.
Please send your resume or highlights of experience and education to the attention of Ann Foster at Our website is We also have a Facebook page:

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Upper Elementary Lead Guide (Grades 4-6)
Longmont, CO
About Us:

St. Vrain Community Montessori School is entering its 7th year as a PK-8 charter school offering an authentic Montessori education in a public, charter school environment. Currently, we serve approximately 230 students in 8 classrooms. 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 prepared adults who embrace our values and model them for students and our community.

Our school is located in Longmont, CO. Within northern Boulder County, Longmont has over 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. Located 37 miles from Denver and 16 miles from Boulder, Longmont is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

Candidate Educational Requirements:
B.A. required. Must be AMS or AMI Montessori credentialed for Upper Elementary as well as "Highly Qualified" under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Significant lead teaching experience is required because the marriage of providing an authentic Montessori experience in a charter school environment is a delicate task. The Upper-Elementary Co-Lead Guide will work in collaboration with a trained and experienced peer/sharing a classroom.

Skills and Experience:
- a calling to and embracing of Montessori Philosophy and methods
- a true desire for collaboration with peers
- a commitment to professionalism, as well as open, honest communication in the spirit of continuous improvement

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. 

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Primary Classroom Head Guide
Centennial, CO
Position Description:

We are a growing school located in Centennial, just west of the Denver Tech Center. We are seeking a Head Guide who embodies respect, peace, and community-oriented thought. Our ideal candidate will deftly manage the implementation of the Montessori curriculum in the Primary environment as well as work in partnership with the other lead teachers and administration to facilitate alignment throughout the school. No classroom in our school is an island unto itself. We work together!


  • AMI or AMS Montessori Certified for ages 3-6
  • Degree Required -- A degree related to the field is preferred
  • Certified in CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions
  • Medication Administration Certification a plus
  • Minimum 2 years experience in ECE
  • Classroom management experience
  • Clean criminal record

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage a classroom with 20 children, an assistant and a floating teacher.
  • Provide a stimulating and developmentally appropriate daily curriculum that honors the Montessori philosophy and the individuality of each child in the classroom.
  • Maintain a beautifully prepared, organized, clean, safe and stimulating environment for the children.
  • Manage classroom staff, modeling appropriate and professional behavior at all times.
  • Prepare and submit internal and external reports and documents in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and standard operating procedures including but not limited to: daily child-focused charts, injury/accident reports, and medication logs.
  • Write a weekly blog to be posted on our website focused on events in your classroom as well as parent education about child development.
  • Update Montessori Compass with documentation and assessment as outlined by the Program Director.
  • Collaborate with lead teachers and administration regarding school policies and procedures.
  • Attend and participate in meetings with all staff.
  • Build respectful, collaborative relationships with parents and staff.
  • Must be able to multi-task throughout the day and delegate duties to assistant staff.
  • Attend staff in-services provided by administration.
  • Effectively utilize planning time.

$30K-40K, depending on education and experience. Competitive salary -- 40 hours/week. Health, visions, and dental insurance premium. Paid holidays plus vacation/personal days.

To Apply: 
Please respond to Craigslist posting, ID 5131039663 ( with a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please tell us why you think you would be a good fit in our community. Please also tell us why you chose to become a Montessori 3-6 teacher and how you plan to continue growing.
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Primary Montessori Certified Teacher
Broomfield, CO
Position Description:

Candidates must be enthusiastic, warm, nurturing, kind, creative individuals who completed a Montessori Certification program. Positions available working with children ages 3 to 6 years. Compensation is competitive and based on education and experience.

Full-time employees receive Health and Dental benefits, sick pay, vacation, professional and paid days.

Start Date:
August 1, 2015, full-time.

To Apply: 
Please email resume or call 303-457-4400 if you are Montessori Certified. 

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). 
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Magnetic Discovery Bottles
From Pinterest and Preschool Inspirations

Outdoor Playhouses
From Pinterest and Handmade Charlotte

Earth Layers in a Jar
From Pinterest and Flickr

CMA Board of Directors
Kathryn Ross - President
RB Fast - Vice President

Lyn Mead - Treasurer
Rachel Averch - Secretary
Sheila Wolfe

Katy Myers
Karen Farquharson
Jim Barrett
Martha Teien

September Board Meeting:

September 24, 3:00-5:00 pm
Montessori in the Mountains, Estes Park

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  • Lead teachers receive a $10 discount on membership.
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"The unknown energy that can help humanity is that which lies hidden in the child."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Edited by: Katie Beglin