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Originally Posted by jalilah
<OOPS one more thought, sometimes students have not gone through the younger years in Montessori and only entered the program in the later years. This creates a big handicap in having missed the sensitive periods for learning.>
Could you please explain this more? I am wondering because my son just turned 7 when he started Montessori. He came from Waldorf with no academics at all. I find Montessori suits him but I am interested in what you mean by handicap. Are you saying if a child does not do Montessori from the start it is better not to do it at all?
Originally Posted by momtoDNJ
I think starting montessori at age 7 is better than never starting. I think that he do be just fine, and have no problem performing the work that the other children do. If he were to have come from a traditional public school then he would have to adapt to the different learning environment. If a child is used to sitting at a desk and taking direction from a teacher, doing worksheets, textbooks etc. then it is a huge difference to be in an environment structured so that he can choose what he would like to work with and teach himself.
A 7 yr old child who's been in Montessori from the time they were 3 has mastered the materials and work in the 3-6 environment. If they come from outside then it just means they are missing that piece. Children adapt quickly and I think all children would benefit from a Montessori education whether they start at age 18 months or 8 yrs old.
Originally Posted by OhTheThinks.....
Isome of the children that start in age 3-6 or 6-9 will have learned all the "montessori ways of learning" and will not have to make a larger adjustment from traditional schooling.
Kelly, mama to DD : (3-30-06) and DS 7/28/09) ....and gummi, due 3-30-13! (large sch....)
Originally Posted by ebethmom
I had a similar experience when I told an acquaintance that we were sending our ds to a Montessori preschool this year. She said "Oh! Are you *sure* about that? My Mom taught public school 4th grade for years, and every Montessori student she taught was so far behind. They couldn't concentrate at all!"
|I had a similar experience when I told an acquaintance that we were sending our ds to a Montessori preschool this year. She said "Oh! Are you *sure* about that? My Mom taught public school 4th grade for years, and every Montessori student she taught was so far behind. They couldn't concentrate at all!"|
Originally Posted by mz_libbie22
Thought I'd give an update since I just had my tour of the school. It seems like a really good Montessori and is pretty in line with what you'd expect from a "true" Montessori even though it's a charter. They do have to do standardized tests and devote morning to reading/writing work. Boy, you can really tell the dif between a Mont. school and a public one right away though! The thing that always impressed me about this school is the kids! I've never seen a happier or nicer bunch of kids. Right away two little girls insisted on showing DS all the cool stuff and how it works, lol.
Some stuff I didn't like:
Not enough time outside
Not enough art (only one/two times a week? Why? )