Parent Education

Parent Education is an integral part of each Montessori child’s academic success. It looks very different from its traditional counterpart. The Montessori Method is a unique educational approach nurturing a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child—their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

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Active Listening

Active listening is the process of listening attentively while someone else speaks. It keeps us engaged in a positive way. This includes paraphrasing and reflecting back what is said, and withholding judgment and advice.

Active Listening is becoming more and more of a lost art. Why?

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Three Period Lesson

Montessori’s Three Period Lesson is an example of the learning strategy called scaffolding. Scaffolding refers to a variety of instructional techniques used to move students progressively toward stronger understanding. Ultimately, the child is guided to independence in the learning process.

The Three Period Lesson grants a slower, easier absorption process. This strategy isolates concepts and allows for reinforcement of each step as needed. Scaffolding is in our wheelhouse. It’s embedded in every Montessori material and in every lesson.

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School Start Times

School start times: For years now, researchers and medical groups have been looking for ways to boost physical and mental health. The simplest way is quality sleep.

Early school start times are associated with students getting less sleep, which negatively affects student academic performance. Students with less sleep have difficulty paying attention. They may also experience irritability and fatigue throughout the day.

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Classroom Expectations

Classroom expectations can be viewed through a larger lens than simply ‘classroom discipline.’ That is controlling children’s behavior through a variety of rewards and punishments.

Instead of ‘classroom discipline,’ the Montessori approach guides children to find discipline from within. Dr. Maria Montessori referred to this as ‘freedom with responsibility.’ 

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Authentic Feedback

There are times when we have to dig deep to find an appropriate feedback response that will not discourage a child’s learning. Giving specific and authentic praise supports your child’s development.

Next time you feel a “good job” or “I’m proud of you” bubbling up inside you try pausing for a moment. Think of ways you can turn your feedback into something more specific. Try to focus on the process the child worked through.

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Just 20 Minutes

Today’s world has sped up dramatically. It sometimes seems as if time is even moving faster. Consequently, it is difficult for many of us to slow down, pause and reflect on our days. As a result, some very important daily habits – such as reading – are getting overlooked.

Focused, challenging reading is so important for everyone (big and small) to do each and every day. Current research supports reading from a printed book format can help even more. A printed book seems to offer higher levels of comprehension and retention than reading from a computerized screen.

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Grace & Courtesy

Grace & Courtesy: Teachers are picking up their virtual classroom pieces, gluing them back together and are now attempting to rebuild their classroom communities.

I’m not going to lie to you, this is truly a tall order. Virtual school was not ideal for many reasons. But it did offer one very important component which is missing from a school year littered with COVID obstacles and learning loss hurdles: Consistency.

Montessori classrooms that began the year relying on grace and courtesy lessons seem to be bouncing back most quickly. Here’s why.

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Communication Strategies

Communication Strategies: Parent-teacher communication can look differently among teachers and parents. Some relationships may be more difficult to establish than others, but there are a number of communication strategies that can help teachers and parents increase engagement in various situations.

Discovering the best methods of communication and formulating communication plans early in the year is important. And so is maintaining consistent communication throughout the year.