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I am in the process of trying to learn about different types of schooling so that when we have children, I have the knowledge to best choose the school that is right for our family. I would love to hear about everyone's experiences with Montessori, both positive and negative.
 

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We are having a very positive experience. My dd is in her 2nd year of Casa but she did attend from about 4mths with me (at work).<br><br>
She has a had a good year. She is inquisitive, creative, confident and so interested in learning. She is writing (in cursive) and mostly individual letters or short words and can read most short phonetic words as well. She writes all her numbers well and is working with the "Gold Beads" at school (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) She can tie her shoes. She likes books and art and music and enjoys going to school!
 

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Click on my photo album, then the schol link...it's all there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Our experience with Montessori has been EXCELLENT, but I would caution that not all "Montessori" school are what they claim. Be sure that the school is certified, we are enrolled in an AMI school (International) which adhers more strictly to Maria Montessori's method...there is also the American Montessori which is a bit looser. I visited some schools that claimed to be Montessori, but clearly were not.<br><br>
I was a bit apprehensive about what I presumed to be a very strict approach (not a real warm and fuzzy environment), but my daughter has become incredibly independant and confident and adores her teacher and her classmates. I believe they really foster a sense of cooperation and instill a very clear expectation about behavior/social skills.
 
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