The first steps on any new adventure often feel like the most important. We take care to ensure that the first steps go smoothly, whether in travel, a new business venture, or for our child’s first day of school.
How do Montessori guides prepare for these auspicious first days? And what happens for a child during those first interactions with peers and teachers?
While every school set-up is unique, here’s a look at how some Montessori schools get the school year off on the right foot.
Some children first entering the Montessori school have never been away from home before. It can be scary! One way to help a child transition from home to school is through a half-day transition week. The first day might be only 1 or 2 hours. The next day a child may stay until lunch.
Finally, the child will be ready to stay at school all day and feel comfortable in the knowledge that mom and dad will always come back for them.
Older Children as Examples
Due to the nature of the mixed-age classroom, there is a combination of newcomers and veterans in the classroom on the first day of school. The older children find joy in discovering their favorite materials to work with after a long summer away!
This positive attitude and excitement for learning is a great model for younger children. Starting the very first day, the classroom becomes a place of safety and freedom to learn.
Patience and Calm
Of course, teachers and older students understand how difficult the first days of school can be for parents and children alike. Teachers are extremely patient during the transition period, giving the new student as long as they need to get comfortable!
The first day of any new adventure can be both exciting and scary. With a little preparation, Montessori teachers are ready to make the first days some of the best!
For ways that you can get ready with your family at home, check out this video from Ms. Wood, “Tips for Back to School.”
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