Parents are essential to early childhood development, but many caregivers believe this only extends to the child’s life at home. On the contrary, when parents are involved in the child’s schooling, it results in a more holistic upbringing and empowers both the family and the school.
That’s why participating in the Montessori toddler program will lay a fundamental learning foundation that your child can build upon for the rest of their life. Here’s what you should know about being a parent volunteer and the vital role you’ll play in your child’s success.
Your Part as a Parent Volunteer at Montessori
The Montessori toddler program is second to none, but it is no replacement for the interactions you have with your child. Your relationship is so important that we believe it should be infused in every aspect of your child’s life, including (and especially) their early education. As a parent volunteer, you are also a helpful resource to the teacher as you support the school community.
To aid in a seamless experience for both the child and you as a parent volunteer, Montessori classrooms are designed to be similar to the comfortable atmosphere of a child’s home, rather than the traditional classroom setting. This means that your presence in the classroom is natural for your child. Being in the classroom also helps your child understand that education is important to you and that what your child does at school matters.
There are no special skills required for a parent to take part in a Montessori toddler program. However, it’s important to study and ingrain the principles and practices of Montessori. This includes the notion that children are naturally gregarious and need exploration, order, communication, movement, imitation, and independence — among other things.
The Benefits of Parent Volunteers in a Montessori Toddler Program
Accepting the opportunity to volunteer in a Montessori toddler program can enrich the learning experience for your child, improve their social skills, and set your child up for future success. A 2019 synthesis of 448 independent studies by the American Psychological Association shows that students thrive academically and are better adjusted socially when their parents are involved in their education.
You’ll also be ready and available to give increased attention and one-on-one support should your child need you, improving your natural bond with your child and maximizing the time they spend at school.
Many of our parent volunteers also become what we call “first friends” to new families that join the Montessori family. These important resources are incredibly beneficial and make new members feel welcome and valued, further strengthening the Montessori experience.
Outside of the classroom, parent volunteers play a vital role by organizing events, hosting fundraisers, and being an ambassador for the Montessori brand. By sharing the load and helping the administrative team in such impactful ways, parent volunteers free up resources that we can use to improve our programs, spend more money on students, and enhance the learning experience for children like yours.
Finally, because you’ll be familiar with our methodologies and have intimate knowledge of our vision and ethos, you can continue the Montessori experience at home. The result is a seamless, harmonious school-life balance that your toddler will love and greatly benefit from.
Learn More About Being a Parent Volunteer
If your child attends a Montessori toddler program or you are considering enrolling your child, contact Montessori West to learn more about volunteering.