- Start to establish an earlier school bedtime routine now.
- Come for a short visit before September if possible.
- Make it easier for your child by telling them what is expected in a way that does not create anxiety. “At school you will tuck in your chair and put your work away.”
- The simple rules set at school are easier to remember if they are consistent with your home. We make it easier for them to be involved with cleaning up by having cloths and child sized cleaning tools readily available for them to use.
- Arrange your schedule on school days so your child does not have to feel rushed or anxious. If your child is nervous about the first day, you may not want to arrive too early so they are outside the door waiting. The school doors generally open five minutes before the scheduled time. Arriving late, means your child has to join a group that has already started. This can be very hard on a young child and disturbing to the group.
- Reassure the child that the Teachers are always there for them if they need help either in the classroom or in the bathroom.
- Please write your child’s name on items they bring to school, such as books, indoor shoes, snack containers etc.
- We have a fridge at school so we are able to increase the snack items we have at school. The first two days of school snack will not be served, due to the shorter times.
- Arrival time is busy for the Teachers and our focus is on the children. Please write down information to be shared. Verbal information can and will be forgotten.
- We understand you are very curious how your child is doing at school and we will do our best to let you know. Often it is not possible at dismissal time to give you the details. Please ask the Teacher to give you a call in the evening.
- Be careful not to share your anxieties over your child’s success in class. By focusing on what they can do, will help to give them the confidence to be successful in class.
- Accent the positive and downplay the negative. As parents, we listen to our child’s concerns but we keep our adult perspective. For example, “Tommy was real mean to me today.” This might mean that Tommy had decided to work by himself rather than choosing to work with your child. At school it is okay if a child decides to work by themselves. Children are in the learning process of telling others this nicely. You can help your child by role-playing at home and offering suggestions of what they can do instead of working with that other student.
The Montessori Foundations Website has some FAQ’s that parents have in regards to Montessori Education. Please check out this site.