During every school year, a six week Parenting Class is offered by the teachers. The class meets in the evenings with a book on parenting as a guide. In the past, books discussed include Children the Challenge, How to Talk So Children Will Listen, Siblings Without Rivalry, and Love and Logic. These parenting classes are closely aligned with the philosophy of the Montessori classrooms at Northwood and past parents have found them very helpful. There is no charge for these classes and parents are welcome to bring family members, caregivers, and friends.
At least twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, parents have the pleasure of observing their children working in the classrooms. After each observation, a parent/teacher conference is scheduled so that the teacher is able to talk with the parents about the progress of their child in the classroom. The parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions as well as offer their comments concerning their child at these conferences.
Each year there are a number of other parent education opportunities open to our adults. In the beginning of each year, there is a Newcomer’s Meeting in the child’s own classroom where the teacher gives a tour of the environment and encourages discussion of concerns parents may have.
There is a Pot Luck Supper in September with a gathering in the child’s classroom for an explanation of the four areas with a question and answer period. Both of these meetings are designed to familiarize new parents with our school and build community amongst all our adults, both parents and staff.