Fourth Annual Maker-Style “Creator Faire” Event To Be Held in Petaluma Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Noon


PETALUMA, CA – Gold Sponsors, the Petaluma Chapter of the Kiwanis Club and Stonecrop Technologies are pleased to partner with the River Montessori Foundation to present the Fourth Annual Creator Faire, a maker-style community event celebrating hands-on learning, on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM at River Montessori Charter School, 3880 Cypress Drive in Petaluma.

Creator Faire, January 26th, 2019

With over 45 different hands-on, art and science-centric, Creator Stations, the 2018 Creator Faire attracted more than 500 people; the January 26, 2019 edition will be even bigger and better!

At the Creator Faire, parents, volunteers, nonprofits, and local companies work at outdoor tables, under tents and indoors to provide this fun and educational experience to children of all ages — rain or shine.

Some favorite 2019 Creator Stations are facilitated and sponsored or hosted by: Dylan and Alisha Try It All, FACTS (Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxics Safety), Hamilton Stoneworks, Jayme Cellitioci, Author of “Wonder is My Compass”, K9 Country Club & Kitty SpaPatterson’s AppliancePediatric Dentistry Raymond A. Ramos, D.D.S & Associates, Petaluma ROCKS, Point Blue Conservation Science — STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), Sage and Salt Nutrition, Steve & Kate’s Camp, Stonecrop Technologies, The Northern California Chapter of the Mars Society, The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County, The Petaluma Chapter of the Kiwanis Club, Toy B Ville, YPI (Young Performers International). Others are created and run by River Montessori families, like the ever popular TASBot.

Food, Three Twins Ice Cream and drinks, including local favorite, Revive Kombucha, will be available for purchase onsite.

All this for a suggested donation of just $7 per person or $25 per family! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All families are welcome to participate in the 40+ art and science, hands-on Creator Stations. Donations can be made at the event or at Proceeds from the Creator Faire benefit the River Montessori Foundation, whose funds go directly to the school for ongoing operations.

For more, visit, email or call 650-504-9734.


Photography courtesy of ByLorena Photography. See more here!



River Montessori Charter School (RMCS) is a public charter elementary school in Petaluma, California that was founded in 2009 and helps children from across Sonoma, Napa, Solano, and Marin counties to reach their academic, personal, and social potential. The mission of RMCS is to provide students with a learning culture grounded in Montessori philosophy. This historically proven educational model supports the whole child, creates lifelong learners and educates for peace. The resulting academic excellence is supported by a prepared classroom environment that inspires self-paced, individualized discovery; a love of learning; and respect for self, others, and the environment. Our vision is to create a Montessori learning community where children are inspired to realize their academic, personal, and social potential to become global citizens. For more, visit

Hands-On Learning — Not Only Fun, But Better For Kids!

“All the changes in man’s environment are brought about by his hands. Really, it might seem as if the whole business of intelligences is to guide their work.”

-Dr. Maria Montessori, 1964

Hands-on learning — in which children work directly with materials, putting their minds to work while their minds work their hands — is an essential part of the annual Creator Faire, and to the Montessori educational approach. But why is hands-on learning so important?

In her anthropological studies, Dr. Maria Montessori noticed that the use of hands in learning could be traced back to early human development. As early humans began to walk upright on two legs, this freed up their hands as tools used to hunt and gather food, and eventually to make tools that helped them in those tasks and many others.

As children grow, some of the earliest signs of their development are in the hands, as they grasp objects, put their hands in their mouths, and eventually begin to purposefully grasp and pick things up, pull themselves to standing, feed themselves, and much more. Just as with early humans, they navigate their environment using their hands.

Neuroscience shows that infants and children — and even us adults — 2018 Creator Faire Volunteer, Cork Boat Station take in plenty of information about our surroundings through our hands. “The brain has devoted so much space for the mastery of working with our hands that if our bodies were proportioned accordingly we would stand about one foot high with hands five to six feet tall at our sides,” writes former Montessori teacher and author Rebecca Jenke.

In fact, research has confirmed that content and skills learned through hands-on engagement are better understood and more easily recalled. What’s more, students who use their hands to manipulate their learning directly are more intrinsically motivated, with their desire to learn more likely to continue because it comes from within themselves rather than from others.

For all these reasons and many more (hint: it’s fun!), the 4th Annual Creator Faire provides children and their adults with plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn, play, experiment, muck around, plant, paint, construct, and even destruct!

2018 Creator Faire, Paper Rocket StationDon’t miss your chance to get your hands dirty with learning and play at the 2019 Creator Faire event on Saturday, January 26. Tickets are donation based and available at-the-door or online. Go ahead and click that link today!

Regardless of your knowledge and experiences with science, YOU have what it takes to be a Facilitator of Science Learning for your child. ​ It all begins with using WONDER AS YOUR COMPASS.

Some of you may recognize Jayme Cellitioci’s  name from the invention programs she has brought to River Montessori Charter School. Well, she has recently published a book called Wonder Is My Compass. It is a “momoir” that focuses on empowering parents to be confident facilitators of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) in everyday family life. Read a few sample pages here.

Wonder is My Compass
Bring your copy to get signed at the Creator Faire! 

Jayme is a creativity and innovation practitioner, facilitator, and strategist. She holds a BS in Psychobiology, an MS in Creativity and Change Leadership, and a Professional Certificate in Free-Choice Learning. From researching seals in the Netherlands and Greece to eco-tourists’ environmental knowledge in Australia, her passion for science learning has taken her around the globe.

Creator Faire Host and Local Author, Jayme Cellitioci

In Wonder is My Compass, she shares, “Whether you are a Science Dreamer or a Science Screamer (eek—a frog!), you have the ability to guide your child toward success in a science-rich future.”

As a professional science educator, and fellow parent, Jayme offers practical tips and inspired insights to Chart Your Family’s Course for science learning.

Stop by her “Wonder Station” at the Creator Faire and meet Jayme, our friend and local author. While books will not be sold at the event, she would be happy to sign copies that are brought to the Fair. You can find Wonder is My Compass on Amazon — last minute holiday gift idea, perhaps?!?!

She looks forward to wondering with you on January 26, 2019.