My son is in a Montessori classroom for ages 3 to 5. He is three years old and will be turning four in April. I met with the teachers in November and they told me that he lacks a sense of initiative. He will not do anything in the classroom unless one of the teachers directs him to something and sits down with him to work on the material. If she gets up to go work with someone else, my son will immediately stop the work and just sit there until she returns. When he has finished working with a material, he will not choose anything else on his own until a teacher once again directs him to something. This is of course getting frustrating for the teachers, who have 26 children in the class. This behaviour is, according to them, not typical, either. The other children will look for things to work on without being constantly directed.
I'm starting to wonder if Montessori was the right choice for him. Maybe he is just the kind of personality that needs more direction? Do any Montessori teachers or mommy experts out there have any thoughts on this? I have talked with my son about this issue a little bit and I'm going to try to encourage him to go ahead and work on stuff by himself but I am wondering what else I can do.