Con: But only one experience so far
Well, I only just visited a Montessori school today and the director (??) led me and my 2 boys, 2 and 5, into a classroom. Seemed like a good move. It's a primary classroom so the kids could play in that right? WRONG. She asks my 5 yo (who is with me) IF he would like to go outside and play with lego while she talks to me? yes, she asked him a question.
He answers "no thank you" in a conversational way and begins to look at the things in the classroom and she asks me....
"Is he for real?" Really shocked. Like my kid is super sassy for politely saying no thank you to a question she asked him. There was more. It was just downhill from there. It didn't seem child led at all. It was like "Tutor Time" but with cloth diapers and wood toys (that are put in front of you and you can't touch). So... is this really Montessori?? Or a director who likes directing a little too much?
I'm sure she will be thinking my son is unbehaved and obnoxious.
Sorry to highjack but it is a pet peeve of mine when adults ask a question where they should have made a statement and even more stupid when they can't admit they made a mistake and say so. "I shouldn't have asked, I need
you to go outside and play while I talk to your Mum...."