There is a crisis at dd's Montessori school, details of which I won't go into. Anyway, they cannot teach anything with printed words and numbers until another 4 to 6 months. DD is 4y8m. She is currently doing 1 digit X 3-digit multiplication with the beads. She started doing 3 and then 4-digit addition and later, subtraction last June. I like her school very much and am convinced that I cannot find a school here which balances academics as well as character development, so I have no plans to change schools. I have found her a learning centre to do Montessori math once a week for 1.5 hours to subsidize the lack of numbers, but I am afraid it is not enough as I am hoping that she will move on to a Montessori elementary school when she is 6.
DH and I are considering doing Montessori Math with her at home. I have been to a 90-hour training class for 0-3 and 3-6 a few years ago, so I have a vague idea. We are hoping to do some research on the internet, look up some books and videos will help us in our presentation. Can anybody share their experiences?
The teacher at the Montessori math class said that DD is not ready for much of anything unless she can write the numbers and proves that she can count (I think she means bigger numbers). So she is not doing multiplication with DD and said she will start her off from addition again. The teacher at her existing Montessori school said DD is not willing to write the numbers by herself, so she has always written down the math problem for her. I am a bit confused. Can a child not be able to count to 100 and write the numbers before moving on to math calculation with the beads?