Our February Parent Education Night is one of our favorites! We chose to do Journey and Discovery, which allows the adults to spend some time in the classroom and use the materials the way the children do. Though the preparation for this kind of evening is extensive, the reward is immeasurable. We enjoyed sharing the Toddler Community and Primary environment with the parents in this special way. The gift we offer is the opportunity to experience the classroom environment the best way we Montessorians know how - like the child.
Each environment was carefully prepared with materials and cards for parents to use as they discovered the environment.
Once the parents arrived, we discussed the format for the evening. First we began with a silent "journey" through each environment, together. Then, we would return to have a short discussion. After that, we offered the chance to work with specific materials in the Toddler and Primary environments followed by a closing discussion.
Here, the parents are working in the Toddler community. Parents explored, observed, received lessons and helped each other.
Soon, we moved on to the Primary environment.
In our final discussion, parents shared what they thought of the experience:
"Our children are more capable than I had ever imagined!"
"This cannot even compare to my schooling growing up. It's so much better."
"I can see how Montessori will help my child throughout life."
"I had no idea they were doing this much at school."
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” - Maria Montessori
Be sure to register for our next parent education event on March 6, from 11:45-1pm. Lilian Bryan, AMI Trainer, will be talking about the 'Glorious Kindergarten Year' and the learning possibilities for the 5 year old in the Montessori classroom. RSVP Here
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