My kids' teacher (at their tiny montessori school) tells me they don't use erasors because it doesn't encourage them to think enough before they write. Is this normal for montessori? I can't find anything about it, but it seems weird to me.
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Well, I just asked dd and she says that they do have erasers at her Montessori school (just preschool through kindergarten).
The rationale you describe kinda makes sense in a way. . . but I'd hope that if its an issue for your kid they'd be flexible. I could see some kids balking at trying writing without an eraser, for example.
I have no idea if that's a real Montessori thing or not, but it totally makes sense to me. It's better to not censor yourself on a first write-through. I had English teachers who preferred we cross out our changes and mark our rewrites above or in the margins so we/they could see our though progression through successive drafts.
ETA: We also used this technique in the writing lab where I tutored in college.
I'm a Montessori teacher (19 years in the classroom) and I've never heard of this. If her rational is that the kids will "think" before writing, this is not sound. Children "think" with their hands and with movement. Montessori showed how writing comes before reading, not after. I would alter this slightly to say that they are mutually dependent. Montessori teachers want to encourage writing in any form. At this age the children learn from their mistakes. That's pretty much the point, and the reason why Montessori doesn't focus on evaluating or correcting. The children do that.
If this teacher had said she doesn't have erasers because the kids can see their progression, it would make sense to me. I still would allow erasers because some children get very upset if they can't rub out their errors!
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