Sometimes, Parents Just Don't Understand
It's true. As parents, we sometimes like to believe that we know more than we do. The reality is, there's a lot we may not understand when it comes to our children. The bigger truth is that, unless you attended a Montessori school as a child, there's even less you may know about your child's education.
THAT IS OKAY.
Yes, you can do your research and read about Maria Montessori and the Montessori method (which we encourage you to do). You can also observe your child in the classroom; which, by the way, is a critical component of supporting your child in their Montessori journey. One of the more important steps you can take to better understanding your child's educational journey is through parent education. Parent education is key in a Montessori community. A quality Montessori program will offer multiple opportunities for parents to learn, ask questions, understand, and engage. We introduce and talk about the areas of the classroom, give lesson demonstrations, and allow parents to be hands-on with materials.
We also give parents the chance to learn from some of our best teachers. The students. It is one thing to hear about what your child is working on and see the materials. It's completely different to receive a lesson on that material from your child or another student. When a student is able not only to work independently but to then go and teach that work to someone else, that demonstrates genuine understanding. And that's not just an academic skill, that's a life skill. How awesome is that?!
So, the next time you worry about not understanding the work your child is doing in the Montessori classroom, don't. Sometimes, you're not going to understand. And when you don't, your student can teach you.