Mattbronsil has an interesting post, but maybe missed the point when he wrote Reading methods being used are much more phonics based than they were years ago.
I believe the point eepster and expect-joy are making is that not all kids are phonetic readers. Forcing one method on all kids is a bit narrow-minded. Some kids are very verbal, others very visual-spacial, and may therefore see whole words or words as images. In fact, I believe asians tend to be more v-s learners. Not sure if it is because of the language, or the other way around, you know the chicken and egg scenario.
Aufilia, I wouldd have also been put off with the teachers reaction. Your DD was obviously looking for something more stimulating, and the teacher disregarded her by making the math problem less than it was. Of course at the beginning of the year, she is going to make assumptions, but if this is still happening now, I would be concerned. My just turned 2 yo knows her numbers 1-14, and can count properly to 4, and if this would happen to her a year from now, I would be annoyed.
Originally Posted by ramama
Her school is quite traditional, and they definitely do have ages in mind there. DD is reading and writing at home, and her school (for the THIRD year in a row!) is working on the same 6 letters with her!! I told the director that she was particularly loves writing at home, and she responded, "4yos are very attune to writing, but aren't really ready to read until age 5." I'm like, what? She IS reading!! Grrr...
OK, I just have to ask, how is this possible? I mean really, this sounds like cruel and unusual punishment, for any child. Even a 6 month old gets tired of hearing the same cr*p more than 10 times. Six letters, let me guess, A E I O U and sometimes Y?
I have found this thread so enlightening. I'm getting the message that Montessori is very structured, but at the same time it is one of the least structured class environments available. Is this right? This boggles my mind. I hate to sound like a wet blanket, but this all sounds like work, and chores and yuck!
Not sure if this will be helpful or not, but I want to tell you how the education works here. Because IMO, it is working! There is no, and I mean NO, structured learning until grade 0 (6 years). If a child knows how to read or count or do addition, or all or none of the above, then it does not impact his day in day care or kindergarten. Which is why I love it for DS and DD. They are engaged and having fun, just at different things. Everything is free and open. For example, DS is in the 3-6 year old group. It is 3 open classrooms with 25 kids (5-6 special needs). Plus big kitchen, some extra rooms with slides, forts, woodworking equipment, theatre like room, and HUGE outside area- jungle gyms, slides, tables, dirt bikes and path, sheds.... Maybe this morning 5 are making pine cone ornaments (or just coloring), 3 are playing on the computer, 5 are changing between sitting on the sofa with a teacher who is reading a book and jumping off the sofa onto a mattress, 2 are reading their own books, 1 is playing with legos, and 10 are taking the bus to a birthday party or to the mall to buy ingredients for making bread or whatever. No one is forced into any of the groups, except maybe the 10 for a birthday party, and if one decided he/she does not want to go, then they can stay with the others instead. The only structure I see is lunchtime and snack time they generally eat with their own class, but even that is pretty casual. There is a huge amount of emphasis on sharing, friendships, group efforts.... And outside time every single day. When I bought DS a bike, he could ride it instantly, but that was when I discovered they had dirt bikes at kindergarten. Somehow my DC can still count, though not taught by me, and I'm not sure how or why. It just comes up; maybe in playing a board game, maybe in counting beads, maybe in looking at house numbers when we are out walking?
Maybe to you no formal education until 6 (and really casual then) seems like kids would be behind? I don't think so. I think the average 18-19 yo here is as mature and well educated as the 18-19 yo American. And definitely more perceptive of the world outside our little country. Ugh - I can see maybe this came off as america bashing. I hope not, not my intention. There are huge positives with America. I just don't believe education is one of them. However, I am also living in a dream world now. Not sure I will feel this way when my DCs enter grade 0 and there will be structure. Don't know. Maybe I am just avoiding the inevitable?
Totally OT: expecting-joy, I still can't spell available.
Isn't that what spell checker is for?