PARTNERSHIP

 

"If education is to begin at birth, parents must be considered the child's first teachers. Montessori believed that parents needed and wanted help in this regard. A major goal of Montessori school is to be a place where parents can go to get information necessary for understanding children in each stage of their development".

               

-Lillard, 1996

 

Supporting your Child by Learning More about Montessori
Your involvement in your child's education is important. The more you know about what we are doing here to help your child, the more you can support the process at home.  Because most children come to us between the ages of 2.5 and 3-years-old, they remain with the same teachers through the kindergarten year, and staff and parents have the opportunity to develop close relationships, which serves to strengthen the child's educational experience.   We recognize the need for parents and teachers to work together to serve the best interests of the child. Mutual respect and basic agreement on general educational goals is extremely important.

To fully support your children's education and to foster this relationship between the child, family and school, WEMS provides many opportunities for observation and learning, thus strengthening the child's experience.  Participation in parent education events, parent/teacher conferences, classroom observations, and taking advantage of our library, solidifies the special bond of understanding that develops between the child, family and school.  It enables all of us to work together effectively to support the child's self-development.  We greatly value every parent's full participation.

 

Parent Education Series
At the beginning of each school year, a series of parent education events are planned for the year.  These events provide opportunities for a "cultural exchange", a format where parents learn about the school and teachers learn about the home. Participation in parent education builds a connection between the home and school environment.  The series aims to bring parents into their child's world view and extend their knowledge of their child and his/her developmental needs as we explore the child's journey from toddler to sixth grade.  Unique anecdotes and insights can be shared about the school community and the day-to-day happenings that evolve in the life of the children at school.  Montessori principles and ideals are conveyed.  Questions can be answered and perceptions explored. 
 

OBSERVATIONS

Primary and Elementary parents are invited to observe their child's class once the child has become acclimated.  We've found that observation has been beneficial to parents and visitors in obtaining a better understanding of the Montessori philosophy and our programs. Parents are also welcome to visit their child's class to share their special interests, talents, and occupational skills with the children.

 

Conferences
Communication between parents and the Faculty is of primary importance at West End Montessori School, so parent-teacher conferences are required twice a year.  Specific conference periods are set aside during the Fall and Spring.  Conference dates are indicated on the school calendar.  Conferences serve to keep everyone informed as to the child's progress at school and at home, so both parents are encouraged to attend.

Our School Library
The child's most fundamental and earliest education is from his/her parents; therefore, reading about the Montessori theory and its application will be most helpful to you. Many Montessori books, magazines, and videos may be borrowed from the school's lending library located in the foyer.  Please check out all books using the sign-out binder and return them within a month so other parents can benefit, too.  Click here for a list of recommended reading for further education.


Thank you for taking the time and effort to inform yourself about the Montessori philosophy. By doing so, you will understand your child's experience at school better, you will benefit more from parent conferences, and you will be able to offer your child greater consistency at home.  The most basic but key role of the parents is to see that their children are at school for class days, on time, and ready to learn.  We realize this can sometimes require considerable dedication, and we appreciate parents' efforts.