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#1 of 9 Old 12-07-2004, 01:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So what do you love about Montessori? Have a top ten list?
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DS has not attended Montessori school yet, but did visit for two days to a Montessori preschool and we use Montessori techniques/structure at home a lot of the time. I have to say that DS is very spirited and doesn't do well with charotic environments. The Montessori structure of the room appeals to him and keeps him calm. Plus, he loves to play with older children (he's almost 3) and the mixed ages work well for him. He's instantly accepted into the group of almost 5 year olds and it's amazing to see the other little boys take care of him. I really like how Montessori values independence, but can see how others may not like that as much. DS really has fun at home trying different manuals and I can tell you our house is so much cleaner when he puts away a toy/project before getting another out (something Montessori encourages).
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My son has been in Montessori since 1st grade. He's now in 7th.

In no particular order:

-I love that it's child-led.
-I love the multi-age aspect.
-I love the appropriate amount of accountability that comes from freedom within boundaries.
-I love the respect, cooperation and peacefulness promoted in the classroom.
-The materials are so cool!

There's more, but I gotta run!

Montessori rocks!
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My son has been in Montessori since 1st grade. He's now in 7th.

In no particular order:

-I love that it's child-led.
-I love the multi-age aspect.
-I love the appropriate amount of accountability that comes from freedom within boundaries.
-I love the respect, cooperation and peacefulness promoted in the classroom.
-The materials are so cool!
Montessori rocks!

I totally agree. Our son will be in Montessori school next year. I taught there for two years and just loved it!
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I agree with all that has been mentioned. As well, even more so lol, I value the teachers the highest. they are the most eclectic and dedicated bunch of people I have ever had the privilege to meet.
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My son is currently in his 3rd year of Montessori Children's House. I have
enjoyed watching him evolve from the youngest level to the oldest level.
He enjoys school and more important, he loves to learn. Montessori teaches children how to LEARN, not just hear information or perform acts. My son will continue in Montessori grades 1-3 and my daughter will start Children's House next year. I am hoping she will be placed in the classroom my son will be leaving, as she is quite familiar with the environment and 2/3 of the children will remain.
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Yes, I am known for making up words in my family and you all will learn that here 2 LOL But, I am totally taken with how the Montessori approach offers education that is an aid to life based on the child's individual strengthens and needs. It helps chldren with their tasks moving from the concrete to the abstract naturally. I love the flexibility (you can never fall behind in a Montessori school) of the approach which allows a child to learn at their own pace, as the child shows a readiness,and enables the child and the teacher focus on the child's interets. It encourages , children/teachers to work together to explore and learn! But, it is driven by the child, for the child.....

I can't say enough about Montessori.

I taught public school for 7 years and then upon interviewing at one for a reading specialist position, I immediately realized what i had been missing as a public school teacher.... a school surrounded by a philosophy and a pedagogy that each teacher believes and supports and they are striving for the same goals....

ok, I am rambling... did I answer the ?

BTW, my oldest is 6 is a 1st year in a Montessori school after being ther from 2.5- present and my youngest in almost 4 and has been in there since she was 2.5. So I am speaking from the heart as a mom, not a teacher. What my children have learned about themselves and life has been remarkable... But, I will also say that if it had not been for this school and the fact that I work there, that I would be homeschooling.

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My top ten favorite things about Montessori:
  1. Children choose their own job to do.
  2. Every child has freedom to complete their task at their own pace.
  3. The classroom is a community of various ages.
  4. Children can concentrate in the calm and organized classroom.
  5. Jobs are presented in an inviting and worthwhile way.
  6. The children learn by teaching each other.
  7. Children are allowed to enjoy the process.
  8. Children gain confidence as they develop their ability to concentrate on a job.
  9. Each child develops different skills from the same job.
  10. ...and the wonderful teachers!!! They put all of their heart and soul into preparing and presenting activities to the young minds surrounding them in the classroom.
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My 3 year old is in a Taiwanese Montessori school, so I sometimes wonder how it compares to other Montessori schools, but it sounds similar to what has been said so far.

I really like:

- the learning from older children (my son adores the "tall girls" as he calls the older girls who help him)
- the calm environment - where else can 32 three- to five-year-olds coexist in such an orderly, peaceful way?? I mean, the teachers only interact with a couple of kids at a time and the rest of them work quietly
- the extremely patient and giving teachers
- my 3 year old comes home with a clear mind and patiently plays with his things

I sometimes wonder if his imagination is being squashed, but I guess that is for another thread...?
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