Collaboration between parents and educators can have a big impact on student success in the classroom. Parents can be a big part of what helps their children learn and grow to their full potential. In Montessori programs, parents are an integral part of providing students with the best possible education. Some of the ways that parents impact student success in the classroom are directly related to learning, while others impact how the student feels and, ultimately, how he or she does in school. Parents can impact student success in the Montessori classroom with the way they control the schedule outside of the classroom. For example, by extending the Montessori Method into the home and by encouraging additional learning outside of regular class time.
Control the schedule outside of the classroom
What happens outside of the classroom can have a profound impact on how your student does in the classroom. As a parent, you control your child’s schedule. You determine how much extra activities your child is in throughout the week. You also control when your child goes to bed and gets up in the morning. When children are young, it is up to the parents to make sure they get adequate rest throughout the week. Making physical activity and rest priorities outside of school can put your child in a good position to succeed in the classroom.
Extend the Montessori Method into the home
The Montessori Method can be extended into the home with a few basic steps. For example, providing students with the freedom to explore a topic in-depth is a core element of the Montessori Method. If your child has an interest that he or she is exploring in the classroom, you can look for opportunities outside of the classroom to continue that exploration. The Montessori approach to learning can be applied in many different areas of life. You can learn more about the Montessori Method and how to apply it at home by exploring the resources available in the parent library provided by Fountainhead Montessori School.
Encourage additional learning outside of regular class time
Many Montessori schools offer enrichment programs that are available outside of regular class time. For example, Fountainhead Montessori School offers enrichment programs during after care and in the summers. Parents can help students succeed in the classroom by taking advantage of these additional learning opportunities.
Teachers and parents both have important roles when it comes to educating children. Life outside of the classroom can significantly impact performance inside of the classroom. The decisions parents make about scheduling outside the classroom can directly impact students during school. The unique design of the Montessori Method makes it easy to apply in other areas of life. When parents learn the ins and outs of the Montessori Method, they can find opportunities to extend it into the home. Learning does not have to be contained to the classroom only. Allowing students to participate in enrichment activities outside of the classroom can deepen understanding and improve success during school. As a parent, your role in your child’s education and success in the classroom is important.