School for Parents

School for Parents

Ideas and strategies for the education and development of your child

Being parents must be one of the most gratifying experiences in our lives, but it is also one of the most complex and difficult, due to the extraordinary changes taking place in society, and which leads us to rethink the way in which we wish to bring up our children.

Neither parents or children come with an instruction manual. We learn and grow, and build our relationship little by little, dealing with challenges often by trial and error and by looking back to how we were educated as children.

The objective of our School for Parents is to be a place for meeting and reflection. We aim to give you tools and useful guidance which will facilitate your job as parents from a perspective of dedication, patience, empathy, common sense and love for our children.

El Limonar International School Villamartín’s School For Parents has the support of experts in different fields of education. These specialists will take us on a journey throughout the year, offering talks on diverse aspects of parenting. All the talks are free of charge.


WHERE: At El Limonar International School Villamartín.

WHO: All parents are welcome to attend our workshops, whether their children are already registered at the school or not.

HOW TO REGISTER: Send an email to indicating which workshop you would like to attend and the number of people who will come. We’ll write back confirming your place.


7th November at 17.00h (Spanish)

and 9th November at 17.00h (English)

Mindfulness kit for parents
María del Valle Bersabé
18th January at 15.45h (Spanish) Growing up with two (or more) languages
Gloria García Bas
30th January at 15.30h (Spanish & English) Early fun phonics
Gloria García Bas & Michelle Heffernan
13th February at 17.00h (Spanish) Juan without his mobile phone
José Vicente Sarmiento
27th February at 15.30h (Spanish & English) Emergent writing
Gloria García Bas & Michelle Heffernan
6th March at 17.00h (Spanish) Positive discipline: bringing up with affection and assertiveness
Cristina Sanz Ferrero
19th April at 15.30h (Spanish & English) Early Maths
Gloria García Bas & Michelle Heffernan
24th April at 17.00h (Spanish) Talking to my child about sexuality
Laura Cuadrado Agulló
9th May at 15.30h (Spanish) Learning to communicate through play
Mª Carmen Torres Castell & Gloria García Bas



7th November at 17.00 (Spanish) and 9th November at 17.00 (English)

Mindfulness is a practice which helps us to become more conscious of ourselves, in the present moment. We can learn to be conscious of how we move, how we feel (physically or emotionally) and how we respond or react in every moment of life. This quality of awareness can be an important part of our lives, as it allows us to be honest, pragmatic, awake, strong and to live our lives with purpose.

Many believe that Mindfulness is a powerful tool to deal with stress and something which can help us to live fully, in the present.

CONDUCTED BY: María del Valle García Bersabé

BIOGRAPHY: María del Valle García Bersabé, graduated in Law, at Seville University and is a teacher of Integral Training from Motivat. She is a registered coach from the International Coaching Community and an expert in systemic coaching from the Instituto de Potencial Humano, in Madrid. María is also an expert in development assessment, certified by the Interdevelopmental Institute in Boston and has received advanced training in yoga and meditation (Level 2) by Swami Purohit.



18th January at 15.45 (Spanish)

This workshop will discuss the fascinating world of language development in children who are learning more than one language.

We will learn how being bilingual influences cognitive and social-emotional maturity and look at the latest neuroeducation researches on the subject.

CONDUCTED BY: Gloria García Bas (Educational Psychologist. ELIS Villamartín Guidance Department)



30th January at 15.30 (Spanish & English)

This workshop will discuss the fun development of phonics in the Early Years. We will look at why we teach phonics, how we teach phonics in the Reception classroom and how you can support your child at home.

In the second part of our workshop, children and parent will have the opportunity to experiment some fun games to encourage the early reading development.

CONDUCTED BY: Gloria García Bas (Educational Psychologist) & Michelle Heffernan (EY Coordinator)



13th February at 17.00 (Spanish)

Our children and new technologies: in the present time this is an indissoluble tandem and, as parents, it can bring up a lot of doubts, advantages and inconvenience. On one side it is important for our children to stay in touch with their social circle and at the same time, technology is more extended in the education sphere. In the, other hand from which age should children have their own personal mobile? And access to social media? Will mobiles become an “extension” of my child creating dependence?

During this talk we will solve these doubts and much more and, we will receive advice about how to “establish a contract” with our children about this multipurpose device.

CONDUCTED BY: D. José Vicente Sarmiento.


José Vicente Sarmiento is an industrial engineer from Politechnic Univeristy in Valencia and has a large experience as consultant for different companies. For more than 10 years ago (take out) he has been  a secretary and Technology teacher in I.E.S. Benejúzar. He is also a teacher-trainer about the use of social media in classrooms and a writer of different books related to this theme as “ You have a friendship request” or “Juan, without his mobile phone”.



27th February at 15.30 (Spanish & English)

This workshop will understand how writing skills evolve and develop an at early age. We will see how writing fits into the Early Years curriculum, providing ideas of how to develop early writing at home. In the second part of our workshop, children and parent will have the opportunity to experiment some fun games to encourage the emergent writing.

CONDUCTED BY: Gloria García Bas (Educational Psychologist) & Michelle Heffernan (EY Coordinator)



6th March at 17.00 (Spanish)

Positive discipline is based on mutual respect and human dignity which is the fundamental base of Individual Psychology from Alfred Adler and his disciple Rudolf Dreikurs. It is an edicational phylosophy focused on finding solutions together with children to day to day situations, in a cooperative and respectful climate. It is not punitive or permisive and it is focused on solutions.

Adler says that the  human being is a social being and needs to solve problems together. The community sense is the cornerstone of Adler’s humanistic vision. If children don’t feel as valued and useful members in that community – home, school, etc. – There is a probability that they may show signs of misbehaviour.

CONDUCTED BY: Cristina Sanz Ferrero


Cristina Sanz Ferrero is a Montessory Guide and trainer in the International Montessori Institute. She has been working for 15 years in education field and has experience in the different development stages, from early ages to baccalaureate, in British and Montessory schools since 2013. She has a degree in English Language and a postgraduate in Education completed in the UK with a Foreign Languages specialty. In 2011, the moment when she discovered  Positive Discipline in her professional and personal life, she shifted and trained in Montessori Pedagogy gaining a Master Degree in Montessory education for ages from 0 to 6. From 2014 she facilitated positive discipline workshops for parents and teachers and also brought the Montessory philosophy  to families in a practical way with Life Skills, projects created with the objective and, to help to develop respectful relationships at home, school and in other organizations.



19th April at 15.30 (Spanish & English)

In this workshop we will present how Maths is taught in Reception and we will look into the stages of mathematical development in Early Years curriculum, providing practical ideas of how to help your child at home.

In the second part of our workshop, children and parents will have the opportunity to experience some fun games to encourage the early maths skills.

CONDUCTED BY: Gloria García Bas (Educational Psychologist) & Michelle Heffernan (EY Coordinator)



24th April at 17.00 (Spanish)

How does a baby get into mummy’s tummy?, Antonio has kissed me during playtime!, Luisa is my girlfriend and when I get older I will marry her!, the “first time” you don’t get pregnant!

When should we start to talk about sexuality with my child? Is there an adequate moment? But, what should I say? Am I ready for this conversation? And with adolescents, is it the same?

Sex is a topic that causes embarrassment for a lot of us. Many times those reasons are due to questions related to whole generations and also to personal questions depending on how our parents approached this topic with us. In any case, what it is certain is that as parents we will find ourselves in moments where our children will present us with situations which will challenge our beliefs, skills and aptitudes to deal with them, and the topic about sex will be one of the most important.

Our responsibility is to educate about health topic ()take out)and sexual health will be one of them.(take out)

CONDUCTED BY: Laura Cuadrado Agulló


Laura Cuadrado Agulló is psycologist and sexual therapist. She is a specialist in couple and sexual therapy.

Trained in sexology and member of F.E.S.S. (Spanish Federation of Sexology Societies). Sistemic Family Therapy, member of A.T.F.C.V (Family Therapist Association, Family Mediators and Experts in Sistemic Interventions in the Valencian Region). She has been sexual adviser for youngers in Infojove office in Elche and, currently whe combines her work as a private consultant with collaborations in different media in Alicante. She is P.A.C.T. therapist (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) and in E.M.D.R (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

Laura is one of Neola Team (Family and couple therapy) founders based in Elche.



9th May at 15.30 (Spanish)

In this workshop we will offer the keys to understanding how children develop oral language skills when in contact with more than one language, focusing on the different components that make it up.

In addition, practical and playful ideas on how to help your child at home will be provided.

In the second part of our workshop, children and parents will have the opportunity to experience some fun games to encourage speech, language and communication skills.

CONDUCTED BY: Mª Carmen Torres Castell (SEN Therapist) and Gloria García Bas (Educational Psychologist)