The beginning of the school year can be an emotional time for teachers, parents and children. For some, the feeling is pure excitement, however, for others the opposite is true and they are consumed by fear, anxiety and uncertainty. It is our role as educators to reassure parents and children and to help them feel safe and secure. Before school begins, I always send a note to all of the families welcoming them to the school and providing them with a little information on what to expect. The note is always very well received and appreciated, and I have included a sample below.
Start of the Montessori School Year: Writing a Welcome Note to ParentsSample Welcome Note to Parents
We would like to welcome back all of our returning children and families and extend a warm welcome to all of our new children and families. September is always a time of excitement, yet with that comes anxiety and nervousness for many children. We will do our best to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible and to ensure that each child feels loved, respected and safe. A Montessori learning environment is like no other … our main objective at (Montessori school name) is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children to develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills and ideas essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. Respect and courtesy in our Montessori school is the foundation for everything we do and each child will soon learn the following important skills:
- how to put their work away where they found it
- how to tidy up after themselves
- the importance of helping a friend in need
- the importance of respecting the materials, the teachers and each other
- how to tuck in their chair when they leave the table
- how to walk in the classroom
- how to be self directed and find their own ‘work’ and most importantly,
- how to be independent!
NOTE: We will collecting your email addresses very soon as we would like to send a newsletter via email at the end of each month to keep you posted as to themes, medical issues, new friends that have joined the Montessori program and also just to provide you with further insight into the Montessori Method and our program in general. We will do our best to keep you well informed of what is going on and if you don’t have email, we will also have hard copies of each newsletter available in the classroom. We are looking forward to getting to know each child and working with each family to make this year a successful one! If at any time you have questions or concerns, please feel free to make an appointment with us after school so that we can discuss things in detail.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.