“What Would Maria Do?”
On January 11, 2019 a panel of educators sat down with parents to answer and discuss various Montessori techniques to try at home. The panel included Chiara Biggs- Toddler, Lisa Mosca- Primary Director, Laura Dykstra- Lower Elementary, Kathy McCabe- Upper Elementary, Dadmara De Santis- Middle School and Director of the School, and Marilyn Larkin- Director of the School. The series of topics was focused on social and emotional skills, self control and self regulation, and ways for adults to respond accordingly to different situations. Lisa mentioned, “reflective listening and processing” while Kathy said, “to take a few deep breaths and allow the child to (as best as they can) explain their emotions and reply by validating their feelings and saying, I see you, I hear you, let’s work this out and talk about it”. The panel demonstrated various tools to help support the parents when they are working through different scenarios at home with their child(ren) as well as the importance of letting the child(ren) know you are listening and then reflect on what they are saying. Each teacher provided a different viewpoint with how to approach a situation for children of different ages. For instance, Chiara made a great point by saying, “Giving choices, listen to your child, try to talk through it. I can see you are upset and I can see you need to take a moment, how about you take some time?” Laura stated, “There is no pressure at all to solve the problem at this moment, but to recognize what the challenge is, start at the initial step, brainstorm, come up with different solutions and then revisit.” Overall, the discussions and outcomes were interesting. To watch the video please see Sara with your personal usb drive and she will gladly copy the video for your personal use.
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