Bridging the Gap & Creating Connections: Parent Education Evenings at School

A huge thank you goes out to all the parents who were able to make it to our Parent Education Evenings at the Sorauren and Christie Campuses this October.

It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. In our case, it is a close partnership between the child’s teachers, parents, and families. At Odyssey Montessori School, we welcome parents to be in constant two-way communication with the teachers; helping us to build a clear picture of each child from both school and home.

At our Parent Education evenings, we strive to bridge the gaps between school and home by bringing forth aspects of the Montessori environment, the philosophy and the curriculum. We aim to create concrete connections so parents have a clearer view of what we do and why we do what we do on a daily basis.



Bridging the Gap: The Montessori Experience at Home

The Christie Campus teachers prepared a beautiful presentation highlighting key aspects of the Montessori philosophy and “Bringing it Home.”

Below are a few key slides from the evening:

(Please click here to read more about the Prepared Environment from a previous blog post.)

Below are a few suggestions of what children can do at different ages and stages at home:



Stages of Creation: The Montessori Approach to Creativity

The Sorauren Campus teachers held a beautiful round table discussion, sitting amongst the parents, with a few Montessori Materials at the center.

The two-way discussion not only helped inform the parents about the Montessori curriculum, but it also allowed the teachers to hear questions and musings directly from home. By the end of each evening, parents and teachers alike got a richer view about what creativity looks like and how it manifests itself for the child in the different environments – school and home.

Below is the handout, the foundation and starting point for all the wonderful discussion:
(Please click on the photo to view the PDF of the Handout)



Creating Connections: A Partnership Between School and Home

Parents are the child’s first teachers. It is crucial that we as educators and as parents work together for the better of every child. We want to nurture curious, independent, resilient, and self-motivated children. We want to foster a love of learning. We strive to prepare them for life.

“We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit.” (Education for a New World, Dr. Maria Montessori)

Marie Hui is the Vice Principal of Odyssey Montessori School. She began her tenure with Odyssey as the student teacher in Casa 1. Marie then went on to lead Casa 2 as the Directress for several years. With a love of children and a passion for Montessori, Marie strives to connect parents to the Montessori philosophy - hoping to bridge some gaps between home and school.

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