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#1 of 4 Old 03-22-2013, 04:55 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm hoping someone here can give me some advice about what a child would need to be capable of to be ready for Montessori Cycle 2?


Background: I'm in Australia but asking here because I can't find a local Montessori forum. A local state school is starting a Montessori stream beginning with Cycle 2. They will preference entry to students who have completed a 3 year cycle one program. My child will have only completed one year of cycle one in a formal setting but we have done Montessori activities at home since toddlerhood. I still have a year to prepare my child for entry to cycle 2 and he is fairly bright. 

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Just found my old login details but saw that no-one had replied. :(


I guess I am wondering if anyone has had any issues moving from a homeschool cycle one environment to a school setting for cycle 2. Or have any parents or teachers noticed any common problems in children moving from traditional preschool programs into cycle 2?

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Sorry you got no reply. :(   Since I am not a montessori expert, I just want to ask, would everyone know what you are referring to when you say cycle 2?

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Hi Lauren,


Thanks for pointing that out.


The cycle 2 (also called Stage 2) is usually for children aged 6-9 years old which I think would be roughly grade 1-3? The situation here is a bit odd as my child will start school at 5 & 1/2 years when local mainstream students would be entering the equivalent to American kindergarten. The school is K-6 so children spend seven years there. All children entering the Montessori classes (run in parallel to the mainstream classes) will start in Cycle 2. The Montessori stream is brand new so I'm not sure how it will be run. Perhaps children will spend 4 years in cycle 2 before moving up to cycle 3.


Anyway, I'm actually reading through outher threads in this forum and learning a lot. 

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