Typically, parent-teacher conferences are held on a regular basis but you have the option of having more frequent meetings if you or the teacher deem them necessary. Midway through the school year is a perfect time to schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher to get an idea of how well your child is developing through the Montessori Method. When you meet with the teacher, be sure to inquire about observations regarding things like the following.
One category which will always show some results is the realm of social behavior. As children learn and grow, they develop more appropriate social skills and the ability to empathize with others. Your child’s teacher can explain how much progress has been made and suggest areas where special attention may be helpful.
CoordinationAsk about the types of physical activity your child experiences during the day, and how much progress they have exhibited thus far. The Montessori classroom provides many different ways for children to master coordination and bodily control. Working closely with classroom instructors serves the dual purpose of integrating the home and school routines, and demonstrates to your children that you and the teacher share the same long-term goals for them.
Academic StudiesCompare your child’s progress with state averages, but take care not to judge your child’s ability by the requirements of standard testing methods. Even if your child is lagging behind in one or two subjects, they may be far ahead of similar students in other areas.
At Montessori Children's House, observing the progress of children is part of the teaching process. These observations are the key to developing personal educational plans for each student. We do attempt to keep parents up-to-date on developments, but you are welcome to schedule a conference or even sit in on some class activities. To learn more about the Montessori Method, contact Montessori Children’s House today.