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What Every Child Should Know

Categories: For Parents / Montessori At Home

Our teachers at Wheaton Montessori School are constantly talking about the “General Fund of Information” that every child should have. While we address the items on the following list in our classrooms (depending on the children’s age/experience), we strongly recommend that these be discussed at home. This list is just a starting point, with some practical recommendations of topics to begin some interesting conversations with your children. The topics on this list will help them with school work, strengthen their friendships (by helping them launch conversations with friends and share stories about their lives), and aid them in their development.  The list, in no particular order:

  • The Post Office and how it works; including preparations for sending mail, the cost of a stamp, and what is included in a complete mailing address
  • How banks work
  • Farm-to-Shelf
  • How to order food in a restaurant
  • Nutrition and food groups
  • Proper greetings and forms of address
  • The Olympics
  • Map reading and direction
  • Weather words: hail, overcast, blizzard, flood, climate, etc.
  • Their own address and phone numbers
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Names of frequently visited places; the pharmacy, the veterinarian, the grocer, etc.
  • Days of the week, months of the year, the seasons
  • Their parents’ jobs and places of employment if they work outside the home.
  • What their parents’ work (inside and outside the home) means to the family
  • Currency: how it is used and how to count it
  • Long days in the summer; short days in the winter
  • Using a telephone: how to look up a phone number, how to make and answer a phone call.
  • Prices in the grocery store (and why do some prices change depending on the season)
  • Migrating birds
  • Illinois wildlife
  • Measurements (when you cook, when you assemble shelves, etc.)

Elementary students can also discuss:

  • Current events
  • Taxes: who pays and what do they pay for?
  • Insurance: how it works and why
  • Voting in elections

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. You can share information with your children about everything! The gas in the car, the buds on the trees, the man with a cane, the clerk at the store, where aunts and uncles live, why some family members speak with an accent and others don’t, that your family will vacation on the gulf side of Florida or the islands of Hawaii, that you will be driving through other towns, counties, and states, that spinach is good for them, that they live near a Great Lake (and its name), the names of local/regional rivers, state parks, etc.