Part 1 of this series offers some ideas for establishing and maintaining effective parent communication throughout the school year. As promised, here is a sample of a regular newsletter that we use – our parents really enjoy reviewing these together with their children, and it provides the opportunity to reflect and appreciate all the learning opportunities and progress of our young Montessori students. I hope you will find it helpful information for creating your own methods of Montessori parent communication.
Parent Communication for Montessori Teachers: Sample Newsletter
The water cycle has continued to be a popular topic and the children really seem to be understanding the concept and using the terms in context. We had a child the other day comment on the water in Monty’s fish bowl and how it has “evaporated” and just today one of the children commented on how much “precipitation” is coming down from the clouds. The children take great pride in learning new terms, especially when the words have five syllables (e-vap-or-a-tion)!
We have also been exploring the wonderful world of bugs and the children have been fascinated to learn facts about a variety of different insects. We have been classifying and sorting creatures and the children have learned that an insect has an exoskeleton, no backbone, six legs, three body parts (head, thorax, abdomen) and that all insects start from a tiny egg. To make the learning more concrete, we became bug explorers outside and they all had a chance to investigate insects up close with a variety of magnifying glasses. They also enjoyed using the magnifying glasses to look at their friends and see their giant eyes and noses … I wish I had brought my camera that day!
As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, March 31, 2011.