Parent/Child Classroom Sharing Guidelines
Children respond to this opportunity in a variety of ways. Many children delight in sitting down and working through a number of different exercises just as they would during the day, while others are more comfortable giving their parents a tour of the classroom. Some children prefer to show you work with which they have a great deal of confidence, while others enjoy showing you their latest challenges. In either case, there are a few simple reminders that we would like to share with you to help make this a positive experience for everyone.
Please remember that the classroom belongs to your child, and you are their guest. Please let your child be your guide. They will show you what they are most comfortable doing at the time.
Sometimes your child may not know what to pick right away, and that’s okay. You can be supportive by asking them to walk you around the classroom. You might ask “Will you show me your cup?” or “Will you show me the reading corner?” These questions may lead them to show you around and then they’ll be inspired to show you some of the lessons they’ve had.
As you walk through the room, please let your child tell you which pieces of work he has used, rather than asking, “Have you had a lesson with this or that?” There is a natural progression of lessons as well as an attempt to follow each child’s interests; your child will surely be doing many of the things that look interesting to you, but may not show them to you at this time. Please consider how discouraging it could feel for your child to have to repeat, “No, I haven’t had a lesson with that yet.” This is particularly true of younger children and children new to the classroom.
Please refrain from making corrections, for that can be the quickest way to discourage
your child’s efforts. Your child may be new to this material and just as with anything we learn, there is a curve to mastery. Many of the materials have control of error built right into them, and through practice and repetition, your child will reach their level of mastery. Corrections to early in the process can hinder the natural progression of self-development, growth, and confidence. You can best support your child’s progress by simply observing their process and where they are right now.
While your child is working, please give them your complete attention, and quietly and calmly observe their work. For many children, their concentration is still very fragile.
Allow your child enough time to show you several pieces of work without feeling
rushed. Choosing a piece of work, getting it to a table or rug, setting it up, doing the work, and cleaning up are all a part of their work cycle. Allowing 30 minutes at this event is reasonable.
We are happy to be able to offer you a chance to see the classroom through your child’s eyes. Whatever your child chooses to show you, is their gift to you. Enjoy and have a lovely time.