1.Modeling: A parent is the most important teacher in a child’s life. Children observe and often imitate or react to the behavioral responses that are used by the significant adults in their environment. Parents who are respectful and kind to others, especially their own children, are likely to see that same behavior develop in their children. Demonstrating a variety of healthy responses to frustration and set-backs, as well as modeling effective problem-solving techniques and non-judgmental communication are especially valuable to young children who are still learning to establish their own self-control.
2. Discussion: While children absorb a great deal by observation, discussing ways to show respect, build trust, show empathy, manage anger, and practice forgiveness can help a child build successful relationships.
3.Reinforcement: Montessori philosophy does not advocate external rewards for desired behavior (or punishment for inappropriate behaviors), as this tends to reduce intrinsic motivation. However, acknowledging and reinforcing positive behavior is always important and will help shape a child’s behavior far better than criticism.
4.Home/School Communication: Changes in a child’s home life may affect his/her behavior and performance at school. Parents should notify the child’s teacher/guide if any significant changes occur, such as extended vacations, deployments or business trips by a family member, your child staying somewhere other than home (relative/friend’s house) for more than a day or two, loss of family member, including pets, moving /relocation, change in family environment (separation, divorce, new partner, new baby). This information will be kept strictly confidential.
5. Parent Education: Acquiring the knowledge, skills, and patience to raise healthy, happy and well- adjusted children is an on-going process that requires a tremendous amount of effort, time, and diligence. Several resources are available and parents are expected to take proactive responsibility in this area. ~ The school has a small library of helpful books and videos that can be checked out by parents.
~ The Garden can provide a recommended reading list that covers Montessori and other topics of education, parenting and discipline. ~Parents are encouraged to participate in parent education classes offered by our staff or other community agencies.
~ Parent/Teacher discussions may be scheduled at any time with your child’s teacher to exchange ideas and strategies for specific behavioral issues that may be impacting the student or family. The director is also available to discuss educational and behavioral issues.
~Parent understanding and support of the expectations established by The Garden is vital to each child’s behavior and successful performance. We expect parents to support our efforts and to understand that children cannot be permitted to continually interrupt the learning environment and process for others.