At Parent Orientation, we will go over the schedule for orientation week, talk about the Older Toddler Montessori curriculum, give you a tour of the classroom, and answer your questions.

During orientation week for toddlers, your child will attend half of the morning each day (even if you are enrolled for fewer days). The first day of orientation week, August 27, you or a caregiver will need to stay in the classroom with your child. Each subsequent day during the week, you or the caregiver will leave the classroom for short periods. This process we call a ‘separation environment’ allows the child to acclimate to the new environment.

Session 1 – 9:00-10:15, Session 2 – 10:45- 12:00

During this first week of school we take care to provide for the easiest transition into school for your child.

Day 1:  Today you will stay in the classroom the entire time.  You will sit in your seat and do your work. Your child may begin sitting near you while observing the classroom.  The teachers may approach your child and engage her/him in the classroom. Please respond to your child’s needs, but do not actively seek to engage any child.  Please make sure your phone is off and do not talk with other parents.

Day 2:  Allow your child to settle in and engage with an activity or work.  When you feel ready, please go to your child, get down on his/her level, make eye contact and tell your child that you are going to the bathroom and you will be right back.  Tell him/her that their teachers are here with him/her and you will be back. Then leave the classroom and go upstairs. If necessary, the teachers will reassure your child of your return and comfort and acknowledge any feelings that may arise.  

Two keys to making this successful for your child:

  1. Make sure you are ready to leave.  Please show your child through your actions that you believe she/he can handle this short separation.
  2. Observe when other parents are leaving and stagger departure.

When you return, please go to your child, get down on his/her level, make eye contact and say something to the effect of, “I am back.  I always come back.” Then return to your seat in the classroom.

Day 3-5:  Allow your child to settle in and engage with an activity or work.  When you feel ready, please go to your child, get down on his/her level, make eye contact and tell your child that you are going to do some work and you will be back soon. Tell him/her that their teachers are here with him/her and you will be right back. Then leave the classroom and go upstairs. If necessary, the teachers will reassure your child of your return and comfort and acknowledge any feelings that may arise. Return to the classroom 15 minutes prior to departure to the playground (9:45 or 11:30).

In the following weeks, you will leave the classroom shortly after you drop off your child.  It is most helpful if you follow the routine of making eye contact, saying you are leaving and you will be back.  A drawn-out goodbye does not communicate confidence to your child. We will care for your child and call if you if your child is unable to settle.

During this first week of school we take care to provide for the easiest transition into school for your child.

 

Day 1:  Today you will stay in the classroom the entire time.  You will sit in your seat and do your work. Your child may begin sitting near you while observing the classroom.  The teachers may approach your child and engage her/him in the classroom. Please respond to your child’s needs, but do not actively seek to engage any child.  Please make sure your phone is off and do not talk with other parents.

 

Day 2:  Allow your child to settle in and engage with an activity or work.  When you feel ready, please go to your child, get down on his/her level, make eye contact and tell your child that you are going to the bathroom and you will be right back.  Tell him/her that Mrs. Greene and Mrs. Michel are here with him/her and you will be back. Then leave the classroom and go upstairs. If necessary, the teachers will reassure your child of your return and comfort and acknowledge any feelings that may arise.  

Two keys to making this successful for your child:

  1. Make sure you are ready to leave.  Please show your child through your actions that you believe she/he can handle this short separation.
  2. Observe when other parents are leaving and stagger departure.

When you return, please go to your child, get down on his/her level, make eye contact and say something to the effect of, “I am back.  I always come back.” Then return to your seat in the classroom.