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. ”
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.