Thank you to those who were able to join me for the Montessori in the Home workshop on Sept. 20 and 28th. For those that missed it, here are the slides I presented, I hope they are helpful to you: Montessori in the Home
I wanted to share some recent posts from a few of our 3-6 teachers’ blogs. Wendy had shared this article/blog written by a Montessori parent: It’s A Material World Recently, April, wrote her own piece on her blog: Connecting–What’s “R”eal and what’s not. Both of these are great reads and very relevant to “bringing Montessori into your home,” and forging a stronger partnership between home and school, in support of the child.
Also, with parent-teacher conferences approaching (for parents of children new to a class), I wanted to share some helpful tips with you, in preparation for your 30-minute meeting (psst, checking out the above links is a great start too)!
- Arrive on time. Since the teachers have back to back meetings, you will want to make the most out of your time. Please be prompt and arrive even a few minutes early to make sure you are ready and in the right mindset for your meeting. Please help the teachers stay on time by being respectful of the allotted 30 minutes. If you felt you did not get certain questions answered, or wanted to know more information about something, let the teacher know that you will send them an email to follow-up.
- Have your questions prepared in advance of the meeting. The teachers will have information to share with you on your child’s adjustment to school, and will speak about your child’s whole development and growth (social, emotional, physical, and academic). However, they want to be sure they are answering any of your burning questions and they want to hear more from you about your child’s life at home too!
- Along these same lines, it’s important to remember you are working together as a team. We are all invested in helping your child reach his/her full potential. Let the teacher know if there are any significant changes in the family or other pertinent information that would be helpful to know. To continue to foster the partnership between home and school, you can ask your child’s teacher if there’s anything more that you can be doing at home to support your child’s whole development.
The teachers are looking forward to seeing many of you at your parent-teacher conference this Friday!
Lastly, we hope you can join us for a great parent education opportunity: The Montessori Journey, on October 20th! This link takes you to more information and our RSVP form. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the Montessori curriculum, from Toddlers through Jr. High! We hope to see you then!
I am always open to receiving your feedback, questions, and ideas, so please feel free to reach out!