Welcome to Parents Guide Book
Our Parent Handbook is designed to provide you with an understanding of our different programs and to provide you with information on our goals and policies. It is also filled with information to help you become an informed and active part of our school.
Meekas Learning Home
MEEKAS Learning Home is a nurturing place for children to discover their unique personalities and abilities. We are dedicated to providing the children with the best possible education. Our primary focus is on the needs of the individual child and how he or she can be best helped to reach his or her potential.
In the Elementary level the traditional Montessori system is not used, however many of the philosophies are implemented.
The teacher’s role is to facilitate and to encourage the child
The teacher’s role is to facilitate and to encourage the child to explore and discover new ideas. The children’s interaction with each other will also be an important opportunity for growth; they will learn how to work and interact with each other within a warm social setting while finding constructive solutions to their problems.
We are looking forward to working together with the parents to help each child reach his or her potential.
As a set of general guidelines, please keep your child home if:
1. He or she has a fever or has had one during the previous 24-hour period. 2. He or she has begun taking antibiotics less than 24 hours ago. 3. He or she has a cold less than three days old. 4. He or she has heavy nasal discharge. 5. He or she has a constant cough. 6. He or she is fussy, cranky, or generally not his or herself. 7. He or she has the symptoms of a possible communicable disease. 8.Children with runny noses do not necessarily need to stay home. However, if the mucus is profuse and cannot be controlled by normal wiping, then they may not be able to participate fully.
Children may bite for any of the following reasons:
Teething: Chewing on something relieves the itch and stops the pain momentarily. Sensory Exploration: The “oral mode”, an important style of learning for infants, continues into toddler-hood. Children may bite everything, not just their playmates. Cause and Effect: Children are constantly studying cause and effect. Biting produces a predictable response. Often, the response is dramatic: there is a lot of noise and attention from adults. Self-Assertion: This is probably the most common reason. It’s a way to express frustration when a child does not yet have the language skills to do so.
Procedures for Escalating and Unresolved Behavior Issues
1.Initially the offending student and the teacher will enter into discussions about the behavior being exhibited. 2.Time Out in a Thinking Chair inside the classroom will be given so that the student can reflect on the offending behavior and come back to the class activity when told by the teacher. Time in minutes will be equivalent to the age of the student(6 minutes for a 6-year-old, 7 minutes for a 7- year-old, etc. 3.Discussions and warnings will continue with the student completing a Reflection Sheet, which will be sent home for signature by the parents. 4.In addition, the teacher will include a comment about the behavior into the Student Communication Booklet.