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Raising a family in our fast-paced culture is no easy task, especially with the pressures imposed by work schedules, the expectation of immediacy brought on by technology, and the dilemmas posed by conflict resolution and power struggles!  

Maria Montessori believed deeply in the partnership between teacher and parents. She encouraged directresses to develop a close relationship with families and even do consultations in the home.  This relationship supports families to implement effective parenting practices and helps teachers to understand the complexities of various households, all of which helps us to meet the specific needs of each child.

Litchfield Montessori School wants to keep this tradition alive and support our parents with a robust Parent Education program. We offer all parents:

  • Six parent education discussions per year
  • Individualized follow-up conversations with the education coordinator and teachers
  • Mentoring for children and parents who request additional support.   

Even if you cannot attend a parent education class we encourage you to call or email with any and all questions/concerns and we'll take the time to talk and follow-up.  It is within the LMS mission to continue to develop an integrated support system between school and home.

These discussions are designed to present effective strategies including Positive Discipline, Raising Capable and Resilient Children, Effective Communication, Child Centered Problem Solving, Family Meetings, Avoiding Power Struggles.  During these discussions, you will be encouraged to what you are struggling with, and in turn we will offer you support during discussion but also with individualized follow-up adapted to your specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the Parent Education Blog will be updated after each session. 

Now viewing articles posted in 2018.

  • Raising Resilient Children

    October 11th, 2018 by Cara Johnson

    Children face all sorts of challenges, from academics to braces and learning to navigate difficult social situations. Resilient kids are flexible, they are good problem solvers, and they are better equipped to deal with uncertainty. So how do we help our children to become resilient? 

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  • Emotional Intelligence and the Amygdala Hijack

    June 4th, 2018 by Cara Johnson

    Our brains are wonderous things. They can send signals incredibly fast. In fact, different parts of our brain can communicate at different speeds! Deep in our evolutionary history this helped us to survive. If the brain perceives a threat it automatically triggers our body into action. You may like heard this referred to as the “fight or flight” response...

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  • Wisdom From the Circle - Giving Up Being “Right”

    April 12th, 2018 by Ed Thorney

    When you are in a disagreement with someone, and both parties are convinced that they are right, it can be painfully difficult to end the conflict. If you concede, if feels as if in giving up, you have admitted that you were, in fact, wrong. This creates a tremendous psychological pressure that compels us to continue an argument that is often unnecessary and is always a barrier to real communication.

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  • Tips for Holding A Successful Family Meeting

    April 8th, 2018 by Ed Thorney

    Family meetings are the single most effective way to develop positive relationships within your family.

    Why is this? It is because, we all have a fundamental need to be heard and understood. This develops our capacity for empathy – the key to emotional intelligence.

    Did you miss Parent Circle where we discussed tips and tricks for hosting your own family meeting? Click here to learn more and get caught up! 

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  • Join Us This Week for Community Circle - The Art of the Family Meeting

    March 26th, 2018 by Ed Thorney

    Join us on Thursday, April 5th at 3:15 pm

    Do the words Family Meeting make you nervous? Do you automatically think of crisis or the need for discipline? 

    I certainly hope not! 

    Family meetings are the single most effective way to develop positive relationships and communication within your family. 

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  • Language Acquisition A Mini-journey

    February 16th, 2018

    YPC is an environment rich with Language. Children this age have a natural ability to learn language  - so much so that at times it seems that they effortlessly absorb it. Children that had a limited vocabulary in September are now, in February, carrying on conversations not only with Rachel and myself, but also with each other. Some children use sign language

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