We welcome your visit to our classroom. The parent observation is an opportunity for you to get a glimpse of what life is like in a Montessori classroom. This may be your first exposure to the Montessori experience, your first time at our school, or you may be here to find out more about your child’s day. In order to give you as clear a picture as possible, we ask that you observe the following procedure.
A guide to observation in the Classroom:
When you enter the classroom, you will find an adult-sized chair. This chair is for observation. Please be seated.
When you sit down, children may come up to you. Please try not to engage them in conversation. A polite “Hello” and a direct response as to who you are is fine; then quietly ask the child to return to work. The children understand that observers come to watch them working and they will understand your response in that context. Please do not move around the classroom.
The teacher will not be able to take time from their classroom duties to converse with you during or immediately after your observation. If questions occur to you while you are watching, please write them down on the paper provided. We will be glad to answer these questions by telephone or in person at a later date. Please call to set a mutually agreeable time.
If you are undertaking an observation with another person please refrain from chatting together during this time. Observing a Montessori classroom is a quiet, contemplative experience that you will be able to speak together about when you have left the environment.
Observations are usually undertaken for 30 minutes. When you have finished your observation please exit the classroom quietly and leave your question sheet on your chair if you wish discuss any areas of the classroom environment or the activities you observed your own child undertaking.
Parents of registered children and those interested in our program, please email us for a tour booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Making the most of your observation time in the classroom
- Prepare yourself for a lovely time. You are not responsible for the well-being of any individual during your observation.
- Enter into the spirit of the community; experience the joy, spontaneity and growing independence of the group.
- Listen to the children as they carry on with their work.
Help the children by:
- allowing them to go about their daily routine without your interference;
- telling them that you are observing today, if you are approached;
- sitting back in your observation chair and resisting any temptation to leap up and help;
- jotting down any questions which may pop into your head as you observe, we will be happy to answer these for you after the observation..
A basic requirement for a scientific educational program must therefore be a school that will permit a child to freely develop his own personal life. If a system of education is to rise from a study of the individual student, it will have to come about in this way, that is, from the observation of free children who are watched and studied but not repressed.