Our Montessori: A few thoughts on the first day of school (and every day thereafter)

Recently, all three of my boys went back to school (elementary, preschool, and daycare). Summer came to a swift halt and we’re now in the throws of backpacks, early bedtime, and “works”. As I dropped my kids off at their respective classrooms, I immediately had a feeling of calm. Not just that for my last few weeks of maternity leave the house will literally be quiet and calm; but more so that I trust what kind of education my children are receiving. I trust the Montessori philosophy and process. I trust the school as a community, where our children are the focus and learning is not only encouraged and allowed; it is equitable, just, and the right of every child that walks through that door.

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.–Maria Montessori (source credit: dailymontessori.com)

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A few thoughts on the first day of school (and every day thereafter):

-At the classroom door, parents have to learn to let go (Don’t worry, kids are in good hands)

-First names are o.k. (We are all friends here; let’s get to know each other on a first name basis. It doesn’t mean kids don’t respect adults; it simply suggests or represents equity in education. The adults are not necessarily more important than the kids. Let’s show respect to each other; kids and adults; and let’s shed the titles and see what happens)

-Pack lunch like kids are growing, learning, and need to have good nutrition to do so (That means pack all the food groups, all the food groups!)

-Parents, just stay out of it sometimes, let kids work it out for themselves and develop independence (I know his shoes are on the wrong feet or his t-shirt is on backwards but he too will figure it out through “trial and error”).

-Go forth and let a kid be a kid (What is the alternative?)

-Let’s trust kids with choices (so they learn discernment and discipline)

-Kids will make mistakes; let them (It’s safe to make mistakes in the classroom where they can be curious, experiment, and ultimately learn).

Welcome back! Happy first day/first weeks of school!

 

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