Montessori Parents

  1. Show genuine interest in what your child is doing in school.
  2. Follow your child’s interests by taking him/her to local museums, libraries and parks.
  3. Give your child uninterrupted quality time with the television, radio and computer shut off.
  4. Laugh with your child–it’s a great way to relieve stress and ease tension.
  5. Allow plenty of time for your child to play creatively- try not to interrupt this experience. Oftentimes, children are learning a great deal through play.
  6. TRUST your child with freedom (within limits). Try not to hover like a helicopter parent.
  7. Set guidelines for your child and follow through- each and every time.
  8. Get your child involved in daily household chores in a positive way, without bribery or rewards. Our goal is for our children to be intrinsically motivated.
  9. Do not force academics at home unless your child is seriously in need of academic support. Instead, spend quality family time together.
  10. Get involved by volunteering your time, observing the class, attending workshops and coming to parent/teacher conferences.
  11. Children love repetition. They perfect themselves through repetition and gain concentration. Try not to disturb your child during these times.
  12. Give your child plenty of notice if you need to go anywhere so he/she is aware of your time constraints.
  13. Over praising your child leaves them no space for improvement. You want to encourage them to be intrinsically motivated.
  14. Allow independence – ‘Help me to do it by myself’.
  15. Instil a love of reading. Read to your child as often as possible.