The timeframe between ages two thru six years is the most influential time for parents to build bonds, establish routines and grow their children’s confidence, engagement and daily learning habits. At La Jolla Montessori School, our goal is to provide guidance as you prepare for your child’s growth.
Our teachers guide children through daily social, emotional and academic tasks designed to build their self-reliance, confidence and growth. We also prepare parents to follow the same practices at home.
Dr. Montessori believed a core parental role is helping children understand who they are and their place in the world. When parents and teachers walk the path together towards building a child’s self-confidence and overall growth, the Montessori preschool experience becomes fully complementary. It’s all about parents including their children as integrative parts of the family’s home life from wake-up to bedtime.
Simply stated, include your children.
By giving your children time and interaction at home, you’re helping them become more skillful while building their self-value and worthiness. By focusing on your child, we don’t mean smothering them. Rather, we mean letting them be themselves, doing for themselves so that as a result, they become independent.
Maria Montessori wanted parents to build children’s independence in the home through authentic activities. With confidence and independence, children are more likely to then ‘play’ more independently.
For example, asking your child to help prepare the evening meal at home complements your child’s preparation of the lunchtime meal at school. When you give your children tasks that help you complete a project—like setting the table, removing the dishes or making a salad—you’re saying they are capable of helping and they’re a valued member of the family.
By becoming actively engaged with your child, you are building their daily development. Incorporate your daily routines together to bond and fulfill parallel activities.
Back at school, your child is taught behaviors you can use later.
For example, at school, he or she is:
Once home, you can listen and learn about your child’s feelings by engaging him or her as a fellow adult—in the same way we respect your child while at Montessori school.
These interlocking school and home life strategies are part of the daily preparation of growth for your kids and you. You engage still deeper by eating meals together; doing chores together; sharing and reading stories together; and listening and talking together.
The Montessori school experience is most successful when a child’s home life complements his or her school environment. By giving children the same types of choices at home that they are given at school, parents are creating lifetime continuity through seamless sets of routines, projects, tasks, interactions and confidence builders.
When you work together to prepare for your child’s growth, you’ll see another positive outcome: watching your parental skills grow, too!
For a virtual tour for our private preschool thru Kindergarten in La Jolla, or to add your preschooler to our waiting list, please visit: https://www.lajollamontessorischool.com.