Thursday, September 3, 2009

Top 10 Ways to be a Good Montessori Parent

10. Show genuine interest in what your child is doing in school.

9. Get involved by volunteering your time, observing the class, attending workshops and coming to parent/teacher conferences.

8. Follow your child's interests by taking him/her to local museums, libraries and parks.

7. Give your child uninterrupted quality time with the television, radio and computer shut off.

6. Laugh with your child--it's a great way to relieve stress and ease tension.

5. Allow plenty of time for your child to play creatively- try not to interrupt this experience. Oftentimes, children are learning a great deal through play.

4. TRUST your child with freedom (within limits). Try not to hover like a helicopter parent.

3. Set guidelines for your child and follow through- each and every time.

2. Get your child involved in daily household chores in a positive way, without bribery or rewards. Steer clear of sticker bribes, our goal is for our children to be intrinsically motivated.

1. Do not force academics at home unless your child is seriously in need of academic support. Instead, spend quality family time together.

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