Montessori philosophy insights from our Teachers, parent assistance in our community and other useful information for parents.
In Montessori primary classrooms students generally have the freedom to choose what they would like to do, when they would like to do it and with whom they would like to work. They do not have the freedom to choose to do nothing.
So how is this managed in the classroom?
Teachers have a responsibility to help students to cover the state curriculum. This is achieved by meeting with students, planning work with students and keeping records to ensure that students are meeting state requirements.
Teachers also have a responsibility not only to require work but to inspire work. This is done through story telling, connecting children to Montessori materials and following the interests of the child. Thus children should have enough freedom to explore their own interests balanced with achieving set work goals.
All our parents are encouraged to help out at events during the year. Here are some of our annual events that our parents will help out with:
International Peace Day and Maria Montessori birthday celebrations
End of year family bbq and graduation
Assisting with classroom projects
Parents sometimes offer their own skills or services to the children or teachers
Joining the Montessori board, or the school PTA