Originally Posted by Lillianna
Ohthethinks, fun idea! I would consider that an environment game.
I feel that to be true to my training, I have to consider building a skyscraper with the pink tower and brown stairs a deviation from Montessori's intention. Besides, it's not even something a child could do independently.
Why do you think a child couldn't do this independently? I'm just wondering.
From a parent's perspective, the biggest issue that I've had with AMI-trained directresses is that in a few classrooms we've been with, it's not even allowed for a child
to build something using the pink tower and the brown stair. Or for the pink tower to be anything but a pink tower, no skyscrapers 'round here!
I have a friend who is an AMI teacher, and she did validate what you all have just discussed - in AMS the teachers are encouraged to show children differing/creative ways to use the materials, while in AMI, not so much. I doubt that there is some huge impact on the children, but FWIW, I do wish that some more leniency had been there in my daughter's classroom.
In her classroom (AMI teacher, again), there is circle time everyday. I think maybe it's called something else, but they always gather daily for books, singing, presentations, etc.
Right now she's being forced to do a map of Asia, and she's not very happy about it. Nor am I. Do children really learn if they're not interested in their work? It's taken her a week and a half and she's not being allowed to do any other work.
: She's counting down the days until she no longer has to go to school, although she loves her teacher.
This is not really what we signed up for.