What is Journey & Discovery?
Journey & Discovery is a unique immersive workshop-experience designed to introduce the Montessori curriculum and principles to adults.
It was developed by Barbara Gordon and the staff of the St. Alcuin Montessori School in Dallas, Texas, U.S. in the early 1980s with an objective to enable participants to discover answers to their questions about the Montessori programme by co-creating their own personal experience. It has been modelled on Montessori’s Three Period Lesson where first a concept is presented, then internalised through practice and finally it is synthesised into full understanding and abstraction.
The first aspect, or period, of the workshop is called the Journey because it is a silent observation walk through of the learning environments. Participants silently make observations regarding the atmosphere and materials available in each environment, considering the differences and similarities. There is no discussion or questions during the Journey to avoid intellectualising and jumping to quick conclusions.
The Discovery is the second period of the workshop. The participants actively work in each environment, manipulating the materials and exploring through various self-guided activities.
Discovery’s End is the culminating discussion of the workshop experience and represents the third period of the lesson. It is an opportunity for the participants to abstract ideas and insights from their personal experiences and share them with others. Participants in the Journey and Discovery come away with a deeper understanding of Montessori education and its focus on meeting the developmental needs of children. Through their own experiences, participants achieve an overview of the programme’s developmental levels and orientation in a way that no lecture or intellectual presentation can provide. It is an invaluable tool for parent education. It also provides the Montessori staff with a deeper understanding of the developmental focus on each environment in their own school, strengthening a common school vision.
Caboolture Montessori School's Journey & Discovery workshop
At CMS, we invite all parents to attend our Journey & Discovery workshop at least once. The program consists of two individual workshops (Friday and Saturday) and attendance of both sessions is required.
The cost is $25 per person (including light supper, breakfast, and morning tea). Childminding is also provided, details available when booking.
Join our next Journey & Discovery workshop
Our next Journey & Discovery workshop will take place in March, 2023. Keep an eye on our socials for more information.
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