Parents as partners


If education is to begin at birth, parents must be considered the child’s first teachers. Montessori believed that parents needed and wanted help in this regard. A major goal of Montessori school is to be a place where parents can go to get information necessary for understanding children in each stage oftheir development
— Lillard, 1996

Your involvement in your child’s education is important. The more you know about what we are doing here to help your child, the more you can support the process at home. Because most children come to us between the ages of 18 months and 3-years-old, they remain with the same teachers through the kindergarten year, and staff and parents have the opportunity to develop close relationships, which serves to strengthen the child’s educational experience. 

We recognize the need for parents and teachers to work together to serve the best interests of the child. Mutual respect and basic agreement on general educational goals is extremely important.

Discussions on the Montessori philosophy and child development are held throughout the year to better familiarize parents with the Montessori Method. Casa and Elementary parents are invited to observe their child's class once the child has become acclimated.  We've found that observation has been beneficial to parents and visitors in obtaining a better understanding of the Montessori philosophy and our program. Parents are also welcome to visit their child's class to share their special interests, talents, and occupational skills with the children. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year and can be arranged more often when needed. Written reports are prepared at the end of each school year.

Commitment to Your Child

We invite you as parents to commit to continuing your child’s education at GPMS through the 3rd level (traditional kindergarten year, which may be the 3rd or 4th year depending on enrolment age) so they can go on and enjoy learning with a thirst that may not otherwise be developed. 

The most basic but key role of the parents is to see that their children are at school for class days, on time, and ready to learn.  We realize this can sometimes require considerable dedication, and we appreciate parents' efforts.