DS has been in Montessori since 18 months and left at 4y8m to start in a regular school. We live in Hong Kong and he is going to a school that follows the British system where they start elementary at 5 years old. Unfortunately, he was born in December, so he is the youngest in class and started before he even turned 5. Although they call it Year 1, everything is adjusted accordingly to their level (since there are 13 years in the British elementary/secondary curriculum vs. 12 years in the U.S.).
Here is my problem: ds did great in Montessori (or perhaps it's also his teacher) and I was hoping to let him finish his elementary years in a Montessori school. Unfortunately, Montessori options are few in Hong Kong, so we had to make a decision and pull him out of Casa so that he can join the "regular" system.
DS was very focused while doing his work in his Montessori school. The teacher was also quite surprised that he could sit at a task for 1.5 hours at a stretch, so I never expected any problems. However, when my husband went to "dad's date" yesterday to work with ds in class, he noticed that ds' attention wandered away very often. I talked to his teacher and she said that there are a few kids in class just like ds and she is observing and working on it. She noted that many Montessori children take longer to adjust in a normal class setting.
I asked ds later (who just turned 5 last month) about it, and he admitted that he finds some of the things in class boring. Coming from a Montessori background, I can understand his point of view. Although ds' Montessori teacher would ask the children to do certain tasks (e.g. math) everyday whether they like it or not, ds, while not exhibiting great interest in math, doesn't have an aversion either. Other than math, he was free to choose whatever he wanted to do - which is obviously not the case in a normal school.
It just perplexes me that a child who has great focus should display the exact opposite in a new school. Is it a normal transition with Montessori children to a regular school?
Appreciate any advice.