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DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
There’s so much truth in the old saying “Walk a mile in my shoes before you pass judgment.” This week one of our staff shared with us her feelings one day when she picked up her son. She was met at the front door with “He really had a tough day today”. As she passed back into the classroom, she heard it again. “Boy, did Joey have a rough day”, and she got to hear all the gory details. The next morning, Joey didn’t want to go to school because “They all pick on me” and “Nobody likes me”. She was in tears by the time she got back in her car after dropping him off. Sound familiar?

Fortunately, she took the time to talk at length with her child’s teacher later that morning, and she got back on track that she had done everything right and that, in fact, both she and her son had learned some valuable coping skills from this challenge. As a teacher here at the school, she asked me to pass it on how important it is to stay connected with that other person who also cares a great deal about your child.

From another one of our staff: She had gone to a great deal of effort and considerable time outside of the school to write special encouragement notes to the parents of three of her children. Not even one parent acknowledged the gesture, much less showed any level of appreciation. In our environment, we know that you have to encourage the behavior you want in order to get more of it. If, as a parent, you want the people who work with your child to share their unique perspectives, joys, and concerns about your child, you’re going to have to encourage that communication.

We’ll soon be in the throes of conferences. Maybe these suggestions will be helpful to make this time more effective for you:

• The week before your conference, you’ll receive the semi-annual status report of the current work your child is most interested in. We have copies of lesson descriptions in the reception area to help you understand what ‘metal insets’ and ‘geometric cabinet’ are.

• Make a list of the topics you want to cover. When the conference begins, set an informal agenda of what you want to cover.

• Please speak up when you don’t understand.

• Feel free to take notes, especially if you’re planning to review the conference with your spouse or grandparents.

• If, at the end of your scheduled time, you still have questions, plan another conference or phone call.

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