Hello Current Petoskey Montessori Parents!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does a child transition into the next classroom?
When a child is first ready to transition into the next classroom the current guide will take the child on short visits to the new classroom. Once the child is ready the guide will start leaving them in the new classroom for longer periods of time until they are ready to move to the next classroom full time.
How can a parent help car line flow smoothly?
During car line it is very helpful for parents to stay in their cars and let staff get the children out or put them in. In the time it takes parents to get out, go to the gate, get back to the car, and get their child in, car line is backed up into Mitchell St. At times it may be unavoidable that a parent get out of the car, please have patience. If a parent does find it necessary to get out of the car we ask that keys be left in the ignition so staff may pull the car forward if need be.
What volunteer opportunities are there for parents?
Auction committee, strategic planning committee, grounds and maintenance committee, marketing committee, drive and chaperone field trips, playground supervision, fall clean-up, spring clean-up, parents who can have a consistent time to be in the classroom for children to read to, and other requests for volunteers that are sent out throughout the year.
How are family volunteer hours tracked?
Family volunteer hours are not tracked by the school. All families sign the 20 hour per year volunteer commitment form and it is an honor system.
When can I observe in the classroom?
A parent can observe the classroom at any time. IC/Nido and primary both have two way windows through which a parent can observe. Parents would need to stop at the office first as the classroom doors are locked.
Can we have an alumni night?
The staff is working on setting up an evening for parents to hear alumni speak on how they feel a Montessori education impacted their future education. This will not take place until after the holidays.
How do parents know if there are allergies in the classroom?
If there were an allergy in the classroom that affected the classroom a notice would be sent out of the allergy. The students in the classrooms with food allergies have treats in the freezer their parents have sent in for times when others are having a birthday treat.
How are birthdays celebrated in the classrooms?
IC/NIDO celebrates birthdays in several different ways. For our one year olds we commemorate their special first year with the gift of a book. Our favorite board book is the Big Red Barn. For the older children we put a special book on the shelf, On the Day You Were Born. We read it throughout the week with the birthday child and other friends. We sing happy birthday at snack. Work in the classroom magically reminds others of birthday cakes. We never turn away food as a way to celebrate but request healthy, low sugar, no frosting, options. If there are family or cultural traditions that we can incorporate into our day, please let us know. The Primary classroom has a birthday celebration for the child in which parents may come in bringing photos of each year of the child’s life. The parents may also share an event from each year and bring a healthy treat. If the parents do not come in the child still walks around the earth for each year of their life to the birthday song. Treats are normally sent to school with the child if the parent can’t be here. In the elementary classroom the students bring a treat to share with the classroom and sing Happy Birthday.
Do children have difficulty transitioning to a public school after going to a Montessori school?
Moving from a Montessori school to another school setting is an issue often raised by parents and family members. Happily, the habits and skills a child develops in a Montessori class last a lifetime and stand a child in good stead no matter where they go. Montessori children tend to be adaptable, working well alone or with a group. They have solid decision-making skills, practical problem solving abilities, and generally manage their time well. Since children in a Montessori classroom are also encouraged to share ideas and discuss their work, fitting into new situations is made easier thanks to good communication skills.
Please contact us if you have any questions to add!