Role of Parents
Do parents play a role when they decide to enroll their child in a Montessori Classroom?
Finding the right place for your child to attend school can be a long daunting process. It's like finding your next right job or finding the next best home or deciding which college your graduate will attend? Let's think for a second you found your first dream home, you put your all into finding loans and moving in expenses, you move in and it feels great the look and feels the aura, the ambiance everything is just as your imagined. You feel content, happy, and proud of what you have achieved. Most often, we think our major work is done now it's only a matter of occasional maintenance that is needed. This is where new homeowners can often feel overwhelmed with their perceptions when they are not great at being habitual maintainers. As an educator, the first few weeks of school are about making children and families educated accustomed to the culture and educational style of the school. However, the real work from a teacher's and child's perspective starts after the first few weeks of school after what we Montessorians call the Normalization has happened in the classroom.
Parents play a pivotal role in their child's life. Hence, even when your child spends eight hours of their prime time with educators what you do at home has a profound impact on how well your child will absorb the prepared environment. This impact cannot be undersold. As an educator, I've found success when parents can easily comprehend our educational style or process. Adaptive communication is a crucial connecting factor especially when children present with learning and behavioral challenges. Parents are the foundational bridge that connects educators to make a pivotal impact on children's cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth and development.
Just as we expect normalization from our children around the first eight weeks when educators aim to normalize their relationship with parents within the first few weeks, we create a partnership that will create endless opportunities for us to engage in meaningful conversations. Over the years, when the relationship is normalized meaning parents and I together created a two-way relationship bridge. Just as with our children, the relationship relies on a sense of trust and respect for one another where open communication happens. When such is established, the key benefit I've found is that any anxiety, worry or frustration, or disagreement shared can then be sorted out respectfully. I've found parents keenly are eager to hear our observations, and analyses and show keen interest to take our advice. Primarily, parents become motivated to change their style of parenting, and carve extra time and effort to make changes when they see what we do to help children overcome challenges.
We need parents on our side to not only run the school or teach in peace but parental involvement creates possibilities beyond what the work cycle or prepared environment offers for the growth and development of children.