Enriching Childhood and Strengthening Families

All classes are baby-parent friendly. Babies will do what they need to do: eat, cry, fuss, move, etc. Not only is this okay, it is expected! While attending to your baby's needs during the class, ease into it and try to stay in tune with the group the best you can.  Even if you are up and walking with your baby, you're sure to pick up valuable information. When you feel ready, rejoin the group.  If your baby needs more time, keep doing what is best for your baby. This process is anticipated for the first few classes when everything is new to the little ones, so don't worry. The bond between you and your child is the key aspect of all the classes and as they continue to settle in, they are sure to enjoy every moment.

Program Offerings:

Music and Movement

Bring your dancing shoes to Music and Movement!The child’s natural love for music will be fostered in this very fun and active class. These already naturally musical beings will experience bonding time with their caregiver as they are exposed to activities that will assist with understanding rhythm, melody, body awareness, language, self-expression, and motor development. Social skills will be developed and fine-tuned as they perform in the group class. The classes will focus on taking a Montessori approach to offering musical opportunities for toddlers in which they will expand their vocabulary, build self-confidence, listening abilities, self- discipline, memory and recall skills, and spatial-temporal reasoning. This class is designed for children aged 9-15 months. Saturdays in 2019: March 9, March 16, March 23, march 30, April 7 (10:00-11:00 a.m.).

To register, please e-mail Toko. 

Infant/Parent Class

The Infant/Parent Class is designed for non-walking infants and their caregivers. Adults will have the opportunity to observe and interact with their children as they explore an environment prepared to support their natural curiosity and developmental needs. Informal discussions will allow caregivers to share their success and challenges regarding topics such as breastfeeding, weaning, toilet learning, issues regarding sleep and how to encourage freedom while maintaining limits. The Montessori trained teacher will facilitate these discussions as well as discuss ways to promote language, movement, independence, and self-discipline at home.  Thursdays in 2019:  January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7. 9:30-10:30 a.m.
To register, please e-mail Toko. 

Infant Massage Class

The Infant Massage Class is designed for children 0- 6 months and their caregivers. Come and enjoy a relaxing bonding hour with your child, both experiencing the benefits of infant massage in a welcoming group setting. The rewards of your child participating in infant massage include improved sleep patterns and infant ability to self soothe. It can offer your baby relief for digestion issues, including colic, and creates a beautiful space for you to bond with your little one. This class is open to all parents and caregivers of babies aged 0-6 months. Wednesdays: Mornings: 9:30-10:30 a.m.  October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31. Tuesdays in 2019: April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28. 


Meet the Guide

Toko Blais-Odorczuk has over ten years' experience guiding Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Toddler Communities. In addition to her in classroom experience, she is a featured guest lecturer at area colleges and universities presenting on Montessori education and its pedagogical approach to childhood. 

Toko has offered numerous parenting workshops throughout New England and is an expert in child development for birth-three. She provides free parenting programs throughout Greater Hartford in underserved communities.

Toko holds a BA in English Literature and a BA in Music Theory/Composition. Her Association Montessori International diploma in Assistants to Infancy (0-3) is from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, she is a certified Instructor of Infant Massage through the International Association of Infant Massage.


Individual class fee* of $100 must be paid prior to start of program. Please make checks out to MSGH. *Families who enroll in all three workshops will receive a discounted rate of $250. Contact Toko, TokoB@msgh.org for more details.

Additional Offering: Positive Discipline Parenting Class

The “Positive Discipline for Parents” program was developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen, who created and co-taught, along with Steven Glenn, the popular “Developing Capable People” (DCP) parenting series through the 1980’s and 1990’s. Jane listened to parents, who felt that, while they were grateful to learn a new philosophy for raising their children, they still wanted more nitty-gritty: “What do I do and say when…..?” In creating the Positive Discipline program, Jane heeded their call. 

Jacki Romano, MSGH’s learning specialist, has been teaching parenting workshops since the 1990’s, and Positive Discipline, in particular, since 2000. During this time, she has presented countless workshops for teachers, parents, school administrators, PTA’s and Woman’s Clubs throughout CT, NY and Chicago. Besides general “Positive Discipline” classes, some of Jacki’s other workshops are more specific, including “Positive Discipline for Preschoolers,” “Positive Discipline for Adolescents,” “Positive Discipline for Children with ADHD,” “Positive Discipline for Children with Learning Disabilities.”  Cost $275 per couple or $150 per individual for 7-week course. Dinner Included.