My son who just turned 4 has been attending Montessori school in the mornings 5 days a week for a year. He is very distracted and slow to do his "work."
He has learned a lot in the language area - when he started, he only recognized a couple letters, but now he's reading short phonetic words. This isn't because he's chosen to work on language, but because the teacher assigns him language work each day (metal insets, tracing letters, and moveable alphabet at present). He drags these three tasks out to take the whole morning, and sometimes only finishes one or two. She's tried giving him more freedom to select activities, but he seems to lack interest in anything.
I'm shocked that he isn't more excited about all the fun tasks she has for them. She has tons of great activities. It's also a very small setting because it is in the teacher's home, so she only has about five kids - some older and one younger. The others seem so into it.
We are trying to decide what to do for next year and I'm finding myself wondering if Montessori is right for him. I'd love to hear thoughts from other Montessori parents.