Our Partnership With Families

The Elements of Home and Family Life that Support a Child’s Montessori Education

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  • Parents, as their children’s first teachers and most ardent supporters, are the determining agents in educating their children.

    At Austin Montessori School, we aim to forge a complementary and collaborative relationship between home and school. The work we do at school is built upon the foundation parents lay at home. Children benefit the most when the home and family and the educational method of the school are mutually supportive. In our work with children, we have discovered several elements that are essential to healthy child development. Our faculty and staff are committed to educate and empower families to understand and provide these elements for their children.

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  • 1. A Highly Nutritious Diet

    School is an engaging and demanding environment that supports the needs of a vital and vibrant child. The brain uses more energy than any other organ in the body. In order for the brain to function well, it needs a constant supply of available energy. The best way to assure this steady supply of brain nourishment is to eat a well-balanced diet. We recommend a diet high in protein, rich in organically grown, whole fruits and vegetables, containing mostly whole-grain bread, cereals, and crackers, including less highly processed food, and only rare in sweets, other than the natural sugar contained in the whole fruit. Click here for helpful information regarding preparing lunches for school.
  • 2. Generous Hours of Sleep

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following hours of sleep for children:
    • Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    • Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
    • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • 3. Outdoor Activities and Time in Nature

    We support our parents as they work to improve their children's vitality by providing them with ample hours of serenity in nature, greater blocks of time for vigorous outdoor activities, longer periods of calm, uninterrupted play, and plenty of affectionate in-arms and lap time. A slow-paced lifestyle allows children time to assimilate and integrate their experiences, to daydream without interruption, to be bored enough to think creatively.
  • 4. Relaxation and Stimulation at Home

    Extended, overly-packed, or erratic schedules so common to the American lifestyle today can serve as obstacles to healthy development. Children need open-ended time at home with puzzles, books, maps, music, art materials, constructive toys, athletic equipment, musical instruments, puppets, dress up clothes, science materials, gardening supplies, and carpentry tools.
  • 5. Digital Media - Phones, Tablets, Computers, TV, etc.

    Current research shows that digital media can have unwanted effects on developing children, particularly in early childhood. Our efforts to foster children’s healthy development and meaningful relationships with their environment and other people can be undermined by encounters with media that separate children from authentic experience and can promote a distorted, developmentally inappropriate, and consumerist view of the world.

    Additionally, time spent enthralled by digital media is time not spent on activities that have positive effects on development. Please click here for more Austin Montessori School’s Screen Media Policy and Guidelines.
  • 6. Age Appropriate Social Life

    Humans have the longest childhood of any creature on Earth. This is because we have so much to learn after we are born! In order for this learning to take place, children need to fully experience the world in the stage of development dictated by their age. Modern society often pushes children to skip ahead and experience the world as though they are more developed than they are. When children engage in an elementary level style of socializing at the age of three, an upper elementary level style of socializing at the age of six, and an adolescent level style of socializing at age nine, they can become stressed during childhood and enter adolescence three to six years ahead of their age. When this happens, the children can skip over important phases of childhood, leaving gaps in their development and stress they are not yet equipped to handle.
  • 7. The Home Environment and the Child’s Role in Family Life

    We collaborate with parents to provide their children’s need for independence and belonging that invests them in their family culture and values. As such, we recommend accommodating the physical home to the needs of the child through child-sized and child-friendly family furnishings, equipment, and materials. Additionally, it means consciously involving children in daily tasks needed to run a home, such as laundry, menu planning, making shopping lists, cooking, and cleaning. We recognize the child’s need for an organized and orderly home with rich opportunities for active participation in family life for children.
  • 8. Parenting Skills that Support Emotional Intelligence and Self-Discipline

    We aim to empower parents to guide their children with affection and clarity. We support the parenting skills of our staff and families by practicing and sharing effective alternatives to rewards and punishments, better methods than labeling children and casting them in roles, more beneficial ways of setting limits, and better strategies for giving children age-appropriate power and control within safe boundaries. Through this cooperative effort, children are empowered to become self-disciplined and responsible, to express their feelings freely but respectfully, to make their own choices within options, to figure out solutions, to work out relationships, and mediate problems.
Austin Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex or gender, disability, or age in providing educational services, activities, and programs. Austin Montessori School complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), as amended, which incorporates and expands upon the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and any other legally-protected classification or status protected by applicable law.