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Supporting the process of independence

Independence is at the heart of Montessori education, deeply shaping our pedagogy. In this session we will discuss how we can support this natural process within the child, including control of movement, self-care routines, care of the environment, basic communication, and social interactions.
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Supporting the process of independence


  • What is independence for toddlers and what does it look like?
  • Importance of supporting independence at an early age
  • Practical tips on how to support the toddler in your life


  • Parents with toddlers (15 months to 3 years old)
  • Caregivers (nannies, grandparents, anyone who is taking care of toddlers)
  • Educators who work with toddlers


  • A holistic understanding of the importance of independence for young children, and how to support them on this path
  • Step by step guidance on how to set the conditions, model and reinforce a new skill for a toddler
  • Practical tips for scaffolded learning and prioritizing, without overwhelming yourself or your toddler
There are many examples of how to support toddlers to become independent and I was able to apply what I learnt right away with my daughter. The workshop also increased my appreciation for how capable my child is and how what I used to do was hindering her path to become more independent.
Participant of Independence for Toddler Workshop in August 2021
Parent of a 18-month old daughter

Meet the Instructors

Monique Shen
Monique Shen
Monique Shen is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. After earning her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University, Monique continued to pursue her interests in developmental psychology and found that her true passion was in early childhood education. She graduated with her AMI Montessori Diploma for the 0 to 3 age group from The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is currently pursuing a dual master's in Early Childhood and Special Education. Monique has opened and led toddler communities, and has also worked as part of the training team in international Montessori training courses in Mexico City for Nido and Toddler guides seeking Montessori certification.
Laura Kalama
Laura Kalama
Laura is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. Over the past 15 years, Laura has been actively involved in early childhood education. She studied education with an emphasis on music at Bridgewater College, Virginia, then moved to California to work with infant and toddler families. She received her Montessori training from the Prepared Montessorian and served as a Lead Nido Guide before joining our team.
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde is our Senior Trainer. Mariana has been a Montessori educator for more than 20 years, working as a Children’s House Guide, Head of School, Montessori Mentor and currently as a Senior Montessori Trainer. She holds an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Second Language Learning. Her passion for Montessori and diverse experience across the world brings about an empathetic approach to spreading Montessori pedagogy. Mariana has worked and supported several teachers and schools throughout her journey, including bilingual Montessori environments at all levels and collaborating in the development of a dual-language Montessori model for one of the first public dual-language Montessori schools.


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