HOME PROJECT GUIDELINES
Montessori students are not given homework in the traditional sense, but they are encouraged to be productive at home as well as in school. They will not be assigned specific lessons to complete at home on a regular basis, but will be expected to complete some self-directed learning experiences and share those results with directors and friends at school.
Each month, students will be assigned dates to bring the results of the month's work to school. They may choose to share the project with peers at a special "circle time", place the finished project on display in the classroom or explain it privately, to a director only, if that is preferred.
The following ideas have been utilized by students in previous years. Very often, the biggest step is getting started, so these suggestions are listed to inspire creativity in the selection of a home project. Parents are encouraged to offer any assistance needed in completing the projects.
Downloading information from the internet and simply reading it aloud to the group is not what we have in mind! We want these projects to be fun and educational.
stamp collection report on animal pressed leaves or flowers
an autobiography cooking project handmade cook book
original poetry scrapbook on sports report on current event
poster about scouts science experiment model of a famous building
“All About Me Box” origami demonstration playing a musical instrument
original art work dramatic reading art with pressed leaves
video-taped interview with an expert model and report on a planet
book report in character costume report on ancient civilization
memorizing and illustrating a poem poster and report on dirt bikes
book report-autobiography, fiction, presenting a historical figure in
non-fiction, or poetry costume
Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, we ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, talk, readtogether, play outside, and get your child to bed at a reasonable time.