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A Teacher's Advice for New Montessori Parents

     This post was originally published on September 27, 2013.

Families are drawn to Montessori schools for many different reasons. Sometimes parents are looking to continue in preschool the child-centered environment they have established at home. Others wish to see their children thrive in the our enriched classrooms. Still, other families choose Montessori preschools because they want their children to learn and socialize in a non-competitive environment. Whatever the reason parents choose Montessori, they often have many questions during their child's first year.

  To help answer these questions, MSGL offers a 1 ½-hour Montessori Basics class each Fall and all new families are expected to attend. Preprimary teacher Kelly Sallee presented this year’s class on September 25th to a packed house of over 40 parents and grandparents. Kelly focused her presentation on the Prepared Environment, the Sensitive Periods of a child's development, and the Role of the Teacher. If you were unable to attend this year's Basics, follow this link to read more about Kelly's presentation. Below are a few tips for new parents.

Kelly's Tips for New Montessori Parents 

  • Do your best to control the environment, not the child. Organize the child's belongings to help him be independent and successful.

  • Don't worry if your child is unable to sit still or to focus for long periods. "Even when we feel they're not listening, they are learning."

    Speak to children at home in your native language. They will learn English at school.

  • What's in your child's cubby does not necessarily reflect their work because many activities have no "paper" component. Look at classroom photos and videos on SmugMug to see what the children are working on in class. Your child's teacher will also have this information available for you at parent/teacher conferences.

  • Give your child the gift of time. Try not to rush her through tasks. When a child is allowed to dress herself in the morning it may take longer but she will develop the skills necessary for independence.  

  • Allow your child to work without interruption, when possible. Periods of uninterrupted work strengthen a child's ability to concentrate for longer periods of time.

  • Allow your child to complete tasks without correction. "I don't know any adults who walk around with their shoes on the wrong feet. They will figure it out with time."

  • Give your child the opportunity to be a third-year student. Our mixed-age classrooms allow children to move from being the youngest who look up to role models to being the role models themselves. "Children who are the youngest in their families need the third year to be the leader that they don't get to be at home."

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I would really sit in a gathering as a spectator with another educator. You don't need to say a word, simply sit and listen and think "what might you do". Do you have children of your own? This helps a considerable measure. On the off chance that you don't, then don't worry. PT Conference is additionally some portion of my reasons for alarm in showing, however in the event that you let the folks talk, and you simply tune in, numerous things can go better that way. Once in a while folks need to vent about their youngsters, about their stresses, about their experience, and they simply require somebody to tune in.

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