I have an almost 5 year old daughter. She just started montessori two weeks ago at a fantastic school. I love it, and her teachers and DD really does like going there. She just transfered there from a school that was supposed to be montessori but ended up totally not being and we both were unhappy with it. The reason I started her in preschool as because I could not get her to learn anything at home. She has zero interest in learning letters, her name, writing, math etc... She shows signs of some ADD issues when I do try, I even have tried candy as rewards. Most of the time when I try or even bring it up she refuses to talk about it or do any of the "work" So I thought maybe it was time for school, and that she would want to learn more with someone besides mom and around other peers.
But I seem to be having the same struggles. This was our conversation the other morning...
me- So what is your favorite areas Rie? Do you like the letters and reading, or the math and counting or...
Her- she cuts me off. I dont like any of it! I just like to play puppy (her favoirte obsessions) and playing outside.
me- well thats really good you have so much fun at school, but you have to learn things too. That way we can read together and...
her- cuts me off again. STOP TALKING.
and from there I would try to say someting and she would make a noise or start getting loud so that I couldn't speak.
It made me sad, I want her to enjoy school, which she does like being there, but part of school is learning. & everyone there is SO ahead, which I expected as many of them have been there for a long time.
Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to encourage her? Or should I just let the teachers deal with it? I have parent teacher conference later this month, and I know she said its hard to keep her on task with some things but she often pairs her with one of her little friends who is more advanced so she can learn from her and it keeps her more on track.
Sorry so long and thanks in advance for any help & suggestions.