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Our first parent conferences of the year are approaching, and I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to observe your child’s classroom prior to your conference.  The parent observation, which typically takes place in the weeks leading up to conferences, is an opportunity for you to peek inside the dynamic life that shapes your child’s Montessori class— friends, guides, materials, lessons, as well as the less tangible atmosphere or “feel” that creates their Montessori “home”.

Observation is an integral and ongoing tool for the adult in a Montessori environment. Dr. Maria Montessori was a scientist and a physician.  Her education and background helped her look at the world in a way that is different from most traditional educators.  Observation of children inspired her work in education. Dr. Montessori said, "Even when helping and serving the children, she (the teacher) must not cease to observe them, because the birth of concentration in a child is as delicate a phenomenon as the bursting of a bud into bloom."

Observing without judgment is one of the most vital tools the Montessori guide uses to recognize a student’s needs and assist in finding their strengths and capabilities. Guides can detect what Montessori called "sensitive periods" in the child's development, as well as heightened interest in a particular subject. These things, coupled with knowledge of child development, give the guide insight about the children's behavior, social interactions, and learning styles.  When you arrive for your observations you will be given some helpful suggestions for your time in the classroom. The observation guide for Children’s House is available here and the Elementary guide is available here, if you would like to review them prior to your appointment.

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Per A.R.S. § 38-431.02. Notice of meetings for the Board of Directors of Keystone Montessori Charter School and any of its committees will be posted on this website under Explore Keystone – School Board – Meeting and Agendas. Notices will also be posted on the Lobby Bulletin Board, 1025 E. Liberty Lane, Phoenix, Arizona 85048, which is open to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.