Parent Education

Parent Collaboration

Enrolment at ISMS constitutes a family commitment to the School and pedagogy. Although the approach supports the growing independence of the children, the family members are integral to the community and have frequent relevant interactions. 

Working Hand-in-Hand with our Parents

A fundamental component of the School’s delivery is to support parents and carers in understanding the application of Montessori at School and complementing the delivery outside of School. The social and emotional development of the children is given equal attention. This emphasis on the ‘whole’ child and his or her uniqueness is the essence of the Montessori education offered at ISMS and the support of this approach needs to extend to all aspects of the child’s life.

We must let the child walk and notice how he walks. His legs are short in comparison to ours and therefore he walks more slowly. Not only this, but the child explores the environment. 

Maria Montessori

Parent Education

The school holds regular information evenings for parents – at least one each term. These focus on specific age groups and cover either an area of the curriculum or broader topics which are pertinent to School and home life, such as freedom and responsibility. This is a great way to learn about the Montessori approach to education and get to know the teachers better, while providing a forum for questions and discussion. Details, handouts and recommended reading associated with recent information nights are available.

Most events are hosted by the School free of charge. On occasion the School may host a distinguished guest or expert at small charge.

Upcoming Events

 10th August – Decoding Toddler Behaviour: A Montessori Perspective

STAGE: Infant Community

COST: FREE

Toddlers can be dynamic, full of wonder and exhausting in equal measure. In this talk discover how Maria Montessori was able to decipher behaviour in a way that makes sense.

We will explore how to cultivate a harmonious family environment in a way which supports our child’s development now and into the future. This is part information, part discussion/Q&A

Wednesday, 10 August · 18:30 – 19:30
This meeting will be held virtually via Google Meet. Details will be provided upon registration.

Facilitator: Sarah Breckenridge

16th August – Montessori Philosophy: Freedom within Limits

STAGE: Stage 1

COST: FREE

Maria Montessori refers to freedom as empowering the child to act, speak or think as they want, with self-control. Freedom from this perspective has a direct relationship to self-discipline. Come and discover how the Montessori prepared environment empowers children as capable and independent members of a society. You will learn about how freedom and limits are not imposed on the child but consciously embedded in the surrounding environment.

Tuesday, 16 August. 6:30pm – 7:30pm

This meeting will be held at the Balmain Campus in a Stage 1 classroom.
 

Facilitators: Kat Leonard and Cassandra Levy Smith

17th August – “Natural Consequences v Punishment”

STAGE: Infant Community

COST: FREE

Toddlers can be dynamic, full of wonder and exhausting in equal measure. In this talk discover how Maria Montessori was able to decipher behaviour in a way that makes sense.

We will explore how to cultivate a harmonious family environment in a way which supports our child’s development now and into the future. This is part information, part discussion/Q&A

Wednesday, 10 August · 18:30 – 19:30
This meeting will be held virtually via Google Meet. Details will be provided upon registration.

Facilitator: Sarah Breckenridge

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9th September – “The Benefits of Consistency and Boundaries”

STAGE: Infant Community

COST: FREE

We all like to know where we stand in a relationship and children are no different. The under three year old is trying to make sense of the world around them and their response / behaviour to it is their way of communicating how they are managing.

What can we as carers do to best support the child to adaptate to the world around them allowing for exploration whilst keeping them safe? Come and learn how being consistent and having boundaries can help you to guide your child through infancy and beyond. 

Wednesday, 7 September · 18:30 – 19:30

This meeting will be held virtually via Google Meet. Details will be provided upon registration.

Facilitator: Sarah Breckenridge