The Montessori Method of Education for Children focuses on each child’s individuality and the uniqueness of their learning experience. Learning opportunities present themselves in a prepared environment in which children are encouraged to explore and observe, to learn at their individual pace, develop critical thinking skills and to care for themselves, others, and their community as independently as possible through “meaningful work.”
The Montessori Method for Aging and Dementia is an innovative approach to dementia care that can be adapted for individuals or groups as a philosophy of care. The goal of the Montessori program is to support people living with dementia by creating a prepared environment, filled with cues and memory supports resulting in the opportunity for “meaningful work” that enables individuals to care for themselves, others, and their community so that they may live as independently as possible.
Intergenerational shared sites are programs in which children, youth, and aging adults participate in ongoing services and/or programming concurrently at the same site. Participants interact during regularly scheduled planned intergenerational activities, as well as through informal encounters. The benefits of intergenerational learning go far behind the time spent together and has the potential to change outcomes for both the children and aging adults.
Montessori Intergenerational Learning Communities incorporates all three concepts to provide Montessori Preschool and Montessori Inspired Programing for Aging and Dementia under one roof; creating combined experiences for children and aging adults. MILC also provides educational events for caregivers of young children and caregivers of aging adults living with dementia, using Montessori Philosophy as the guide post. In this way MILC is truly a community hub for people navigating both ends of the spectrum.
New Intergenerational Project Under MILC
To help address critical human resource shortages in the Early Childhood field,
Early Childhood Service Corps recruits, trains and deploys older adults to serve in both direct service and capacity-building roles in existing early childhood programs, as business advisors, classroom volunteers and creates a potential pathway to employment in the Early Childhood field as a substitute or full-time classroom teacher. We are one of the first organizations to amplify the power of older adults in the early childhood field.
MILC is currently seeking interested investors and/or partners with existing aging care facilities, to bring this concept to life in communities across Colorado.
"The young and the old share a different rhythm. It's one that focuses not only on doing, but on the power of being. The young and the old are most closely connected with the essence of living.”
- Susan V. Bosak/Legacy Project
Lisa Armao has been in Montessori school leadership in the public/charter school and non-profit school arena for over 20 years. Throughout her career Lisa has had the profound opportunity to work with children and families in many meaningful ways. A visit to an Intergenerational Preschool in Seattle Washington led to her understanding that “purposeful work”, paired with respectful interactions and relationships are advantageous throughout the life span. Lisa’s life work has been dedicated to providing prepared environments for children to learn and flourish in, expanding this concept to include our aging adult population is the next step in her journey.
Lisa studied Human Development and Family Studies at CSU, completed her Montessori Administrator training at the College of New Rochelle through The Center for Montessori Education (2000), as well as her Authentic Leadership Certification from Naropa University (2012), and is a Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Certified Practitioner in Montessori for Aging and Dementia (2018).
Stephanie Van Fleet
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