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Parent Education Curriculum

Parent Education: A Bay Farm Parent’s Guide

January 2017

Introduction

These pages provide information on topics that we believe are important for parents of Bay Farm students to know about.  We begin with the philosophical foundations of the Bay Farm Montessori Education, move on to the implementation of that philosophy in Bay Farm’s Montessori classrooms, and conclude with information about how Montessori principles can be applied in your home.

We hope you will find what you are looking for here, and maybe discover some interesting things you did not expect.  If you are looking for information about a topic that you don’t see in these pages, please let us know by contacting headofschool@bfarm.org or calling 781-934-7101.

Thank you and happy reading/listening/watching!

   1. Foundations

   2. School

   3. Home

1. Foundations

1.1. The purpose of education

1.2. Montessori philosophy

1.1. The purpose of education

A true education encompasses much more than academics. A real education gives young people the tools and skills to understand themselves and their world, and to find and follow their own path to a fulfilling and happy life. At Bay Farm, our learning environment is designed to allow students to learn, grow, and prosper as members of a community that supports their personal growth and academic learning. This education helps them build a solid foundation for their future in secondary school, college, career, and life.

Faith in the child

There is only one person on earth who can know for sure what is going to make for a happy and fulfilling life for your child.  That person is your child.  It is our job at Bay Farm, and yours as parents, to give your child the freedom, space, and life skills to figure this out for themselves.  This requires faith and confidence in the innate goodness and completeness of your child, and the discipline to allow the child to make their own way into the world even when this may not correspond with choices you might make (or wish to make for them).

View William Martin's, The Parent’s Tao te Ching

What is it we do at Bay Farm?

This presentation explains the philosophical underpinnings of the Montessori approach to education, how it fits in the broader context of childhood education, and how it differs from conventional approaches:

Introduction to Montessori slide presentation, a presentation by Bay Farm faculty

Introduction to Montessori slide presentation (with voiceover narrated by Hauke Kite-Powell, large file)

Is Bay Farm and Montessori Education a Utopia?, an article by Liz Titus, Director of Education at Bay Farm

Nurturing creativity

Ken Robinson, TED Talk: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Other topics under development (content coming soon):

  • Literacy through the ages
  • Howard Gardner: Multiple intelligences
  • Beyond academics: nurturing the spirit

1.2. Montessori philosophy

Madam Montessori, an Introduction by Nancy Shute, an article at Smithsonian Magazine

Montessori 101: Some Basic Information that Every Montessori Parent Should Know by Tim Seldin, President of The Montessori Foundation

This Bay Farm presentation summarizes the chapters of Angeline Lillard’s Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius. This presentation was assembled by a team of Bay Farm faculty members.

2. School

In this section, we provide information on how the philosophical principles described above translate into practice in Bay Farm’s Montessori classrooms and curriculum.  We also address the outcomes a Bay Farm education seeks to achieve, and how progress toward those outcomes can be measured.

2.1. Montessori classrooms

2.2. Goals and outcomes

2.1. Montessori classrooms

2.1.1. Principles

The Montessori Classroom: "The Prepared Environment" by Bay Farm faculty

Montessori for the elementary years

Joyful Scholars:  Montessori for the Elementary Years, an article of how and why Montessori is not just good for pre-school ages

2.1.2. Materials

Content under development.

2.1.3. Teacher training and certification

Content under development.

2.1.4. Curriculum

Multicultural education

Slide presentation by Liz Titus, Bay Farm faculty [link between multicultural education and Montessori]

Bay Farm’s integrated arts programs

Content under development.

2.2. Goals and Outcomes

2.2.1. Goals

21st Century Skills & Montessori Education, a presentation by Hauke Kite-Powell and Liz Titus, Bay Farm faculty

How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century, an article by Claudia Wallis and Sonja Steptoe, Time

2.2.2. Testing

Assessment: How Do I Know if My Child is Learning?, an article by Liz Titus, Director of Education, Bay Farm

Content under development:

  • Montessori education and Mass state standards
  • Student assessment and program evaluation in a Montessori environment

2.2.3. Evidence

How well does Montessori education work, and how do we know?

Angeline Lillard and her colleagues have done extensive research to measure how well Montessori education works.  If you want the full deal, read her book Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius.  More concise summaries can be found here:

Students Prosper with Montessori Method, an article by David Biello in Scientific American

Evaluating Montessori Education, an article by Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest in Science

3. Home

The Montessori tradition is a rich source of helpful information and guidance for parents at home.  You can make your life (and your child’s life!) easier by making use of that knowledge in how you structure your child’s home and your daily interactions with your child.  Equally important: by establishing consistency between the approach your child experiences in the Bay Farm classrooms and the home environment, important lessons are reinforced, and your child’s social and academic progress and development are strengthened and accelerated.

3.1. Being a Montessori parent

3.2. Homework

3.3. Media and technology

3.4. Food and nutrition

3.5. Social and emotional development

3.1. Being a Montessori parent

The home/school partnership: Being a Montessori parent

101 Things for Parents to Do

The Essential Conversation: Parent-Teacher Conferences and Tips for Parents, an article by Liz Titus, Bay Farm

Content under development:

  • Proactive parenting
  • Montessori in the home environment
  • Setting up Montessori in the home
  • Positive discipline
  • Summer activities for kids and families

3.2. Homework

Content under development

3.3. Media and technology

Technology, Montessori, and Bay Farm, an article by Liz Titus, Director of Education, Bay Farm

Bullying and Cyberbullying, an article by Liz Titus, Director of Education, Bay Farm

Managing Media for your Children, a recap by Hauke Kite-Powell, Bay Farm administrator, of Dr. Michael Rich's presentation
 

Content under development:

  • Raising kids in a multimedia world
  • Media and kids
  • Setting limits on screen time: Lynne Griffin, The Negotiation Generation
  • Internet safety
  • Nancy Carlson-Paige: Taking Back Childhood

3.4. Food and nutrition

A Montessori look at food and nutrition

Content under development

3.5. Social and emotional development

Raising Successful Children, by Madeline Levine, New York Times article

Other content under development:

  • Michael Thompson: Raising Cain: The Emotional Life of Boys
  • Rosalind Wiseman: Queen Bees and Wanna-Bees