Communication: We need parents to read our newsletters and other communication we send out, and we pledge to listen to parents’ questions and concerns.
Permission: We are very busy with lots of activities, some of which unavoidably come up on short notice. We need parents to confirm their permission for their child to participate (they can also deny permission, of course!) in a timely manner.
Attend Parent Connection Sessions: Montessori is a unique, profound methodology that can be counter-intuitive. We offer Montessori for Parents nights to inform parents about Montessori philosophy, materials, and techniques, and to show how they are inextricably linked and revealing of one another.
Volunteer: Volunteering in a Montessori school may be different from schools practicing other methodologies. For example, typically we think that if a child is not capable of a developmentally appropriate practical life or academic task, the child needs a lesson in a related material from the teacher. We believe that “help” from a non-teacher often results in the child’s becoming dependent on the help, rather than self-sufficient, which is where the teacher’s lesson and the child’s subsequent work would lead. So typically our volunteer tasks are not helping students so much as helping the teacher prepare for giving lessons in an optimal environment. The exact nature of the volunteer tasks varies from teacher to teacher.
Attend Conferences: It is vitally important that parents attend the two main conferences each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Additional conferences are scheduled as needed.