• Parent & Child Montessori

    Classes in Northern Virginia

Parent & Child Program Choices

Infant Parent & Child (2 – 17 months)

Weekly topics such as home environment, movement, order, sleep patterns, independence and language acquisition will offer you moments of clarity in parenting your little one. You will be with your child as she explores simple Montessori materials and joins circle time. You’ll learn a great deal about child development while making new friends in a “mom’s group” atmosphere.

Toddler Parent & Child (18 – 36 months)

Weekly topics such as fostering independence, toilet learning, discipline, language acquisition and preparing the home environment for your active explorer will give you new insights into how you can optimally support your child’s development. You will be with your child as she works with Montessori materials, enjoys arts and crafts, joins circle time, learns to serve herself snack and plays with other toddlers on the playground. You’ll be able to make friends, find like-minded parents and toddlers for play dates, and learn much about child development, Montessori theory and practice.

Intro to Primary Parent & Child (2 years 9 months to 3 years 6 months)

The Intro to Primary Parent & Child program is an ideal next step as you move toward the preschool age. It’s a great way to try out the Montessori program, to help your child transition, and to learn how to apply Montessori principles at home with an older child. Each week, we’ll explore a specific topic your child would encounter in the Montessori preschool program. We’ll start with self-care skills, such as dressing and independent toileting, then move on to involving your child in food prep and ideas for independence in eating. We’ll show you how to support sensorial exploration, arts, crafts, music and movement for preschoolers. Finally, we’ll introduce you to some Montessori ideas around literacy and early number skills. You’ll be with your child and guide him as he explores, always with the coaching and support of an experienced Montessori instructor. After this class, you’ll be better prepared to both apply Montessori ideas at home, and to help your child transition into our Montessori primary program. And, of course, you’ll be able to make friends and find like-minded parents and preschoolers for play dates.

Spanish and Mandarin Options for Toddler Parent & Child

Classes led by a Mandarin or Spanish speaking instructor who will incorporate culture, language and experiences in her native tongue. Adults are encouraged to attend whether or not they speak the language. Children will be spoken to exclusively in either Mandarin or Spanish.


Parent & Child Program Details

  • Parent & Child groups generally meet once a week for 8 weeks, 1 ½ hours per week. Summer sessions run shorter; check the schedule for details.
  • Parent & Child sessions start four times each year: January, April, July and September
  • Infant programs welcome children who are between 2 and 17 months at the start of the session; Toddler programs welcome children between 18 and 36 months; Intro to Primary programs welcome children between 2 years 9 months and 3 years 6 months at the start of the session.
  • Parent & Child sessions are guided by a consistent, experienced Montessori instructor.
  • Each child attends with a parent or caregiver (nannies or grandparents are welcome, too!) Twins & multiples encouraged to attend with an adult responsible for each child.

Parent & Child Enrollment

  • The Parent & Child program is offered at multiple LePort locations; see below for schedule details.
  • Registration is first-come, first served. Register early: past Parent & Child classes have filled weeks before the session starts.
  • Registration for future Parent & Child classes will open approximately four to six weeks prior to session start.
Registering more than one child?

If you wish to register for more than one class or have more than one child to enroll, please register for only one class per payment transaction. Alternatively, please give us a call so we can add you to the class manually.

Parent & Child Instructors

Beth Burton

Beth Burton

Ms. Beth Burton was born and raised in Northern Virginia. From a very young age, she knew she wanted to work with children. She began by taking on babysitting jobs, then worked at a child care center for several years. In college, Ms. Beth worked as a nanny and substitute teacher. After graduating with a B.A. in English from George Mason University in 2010, Ms. Beth joined The Boyd School and worked for several years as an assistant teacher. It didn’t take her long to realize that she had found her calling. Witnessing the “lightbulb moment” in her students, when after trying again and again to master a work or a lesson they finally see it click, was one of the best feelings in the world. She obtained her Primary Montessori Certification from the Northern Virginia Montessori Institute at Belmont Green, and has been a Head Teacher in the classroom ever since.
Mariam Enayat

Mariam Enayat

Ms. Mariam Enayat has worked in early childhood education since 2005. She started her career working at a child development center in San Diego, California. After moving to the Northern Virginia area, she discovered Montessori education and knew she had found her true calling. She has worked in Montessori environments since 2009 and obtained her early childhood credential from Northern Virginia Montessori Institute in 2014. Ms. Mariam has always wanted to make a difference in children's lives and has made a difference in her own by choosing to become a Montessori teacher.

Ms. Mariam speaks Farsi fluently and enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking and dancing. She also enjoys volunteering with youth outreach programs in her community. She believes that the happiest people truly love what they do, which makes her very lucky.
Desiree Faili

Desiree Faili

Ms. Desiree Faili has been working with toddlers for seven years and her classroom experiences have given her the strong belief that there is no greater reward than that of being a teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and her Montessori toddler training from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in North Carolina. She loves working with her students and the daily happiness and laughter they give back to her. As a Montessori teacher and advocate, Ms. Faili supports the Montessori philosophy that children thrive in beautiful and prepared environments, as it has been proven an effective model for educational success, spanning societies, cultures, and generations over the past 100 years.
Heidi Lara

Heidi Lara

Ms. Heidi Lara first became interested in education through her own child. She was eager to understand and know as much as possible about what her daughter was experiencing at preschool. It was during this time that a friend introduced her to Montessori education. Her passion for Montessori was sparked and shortly afterward, Ms. Heidi became an assistant teacher. Over the last five years she has had the joy of working with children from infants to grade three, and loves being a part of the Montessori learning environment. In particular, she loves watching first-hand as children become independent learners. After working with and under the guidance of master Montessori Infant / Toddler teachers over the last several years, Ms. Heidi is excited to be completing her Montessori certification and leading her own classroom.
Thilini Merennage T. A. Fernando

Thilini Merennage T. A. Fernando

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Fernando had always wanted to become an educator and completed her AMI Montessori training at the Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Center. She spent many years as a Head Teacher, Directress and Vice President of one of the leading Montessori Schools in Sri Lanka. Outside of school communities, she also worked at The Montessori Workshop, a leading Montessori material manufacturing company. Ms. Fernando is excited to bring her experience in leading classrooms and schools to LePort. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and daughter.
Genevieve Roesch

Genevieve Roesch

Ms. Genevieve Roesch has aspired to work with children for as long as she can remember. So much so, that immediately after graduating from high school, she traveled abroad to work as an Au Pair for a family in Switzerland. It was an amazing experience and led her to pursue psychology and early childhood development in her undergraduate studies. Ms. Genevieve heard about Montessori's pedagogy in her university course work, but did not truly discover it until a special needs child she cared for enrolled in a local Montessori toddler program. She was so impressed by not only the caring and nurturing environment, but by the philosophy of the program and the independence it fostered, that she soon began working as a toddler classroom assistant at The Boyd School. Ms. Genevieve has had the pleasure of working in a Montessori learning environment for the last five years, and is thrilled to be moving towards the completion of her Montessori Infant/Toddler credential. In the past year, she also became a trained Doula and childbirth educator through DONA with additional training in lactation education, and expectant mother and baby nutrition. She's excited to share her passion for Montessori with our families!

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