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Hi - I am a mom of a 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter. I love the Montessori method of teaching and just wondering if I could get some input on the subject of Television in the classroom.<br><br>
The school that my children are in has TVs in the classes and they use them every day. They play stuff like Disney movies, Rescue Heroes, Blues Clues, etc. I did not realize that there were TVs in the class when I put my kids there (would not let us actually enter a classroom, only observe from a small observation window where you could not see the TV). We do very little TV at home (Friday night movies as a family and that is it).<br><br>
I do have my children enrolled at a different school for next year, but I was wondering if any of you had any Montessori-based info that I could put together to give to the director of the school? I really think the Televisions should be out of there all together, but I know just my beliefs alone would do nothing to sway her.<br><br>
Thank you,<br><br>
Lisa
 

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I take it this isn't a school that is trying to be presented as a Montessori school, correct? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:<br><br>
I really don't know of any resources offhand, aside from books like The Plug-In Drug. Montesori teaching systems were in place way before any screen-based entertainment was common, so the schools really have not had too much trouble keeping such things out of the classroom.<br><br>
I know for my children (in my personal experience), when their total screen-time (TV, movies, video games, computer) increases, their ability to find constructive and creative activities decreases in direct proportion. The more Blues Clues they watch, the less they are ABLE (not just willing, but ABLE) to find a non-screen-based activity. The more video games they play, the less they are able to even think of reading, drawing, playing outside, or creating.
 

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In the Michael Olaf catalog (<a href="http:" target="_blank">www.michaelolaf.com)</a>, they have a reprint about the effects of computers and television on the child under the age of 6. It is for $6.00 and is item #GB782.<br><br>
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Yeah...that shouldn't be happening. I can't believe there is a Montessori school that has such practices. Definitely talk to the head of school.<br><br>
ETA: The school where I work has one TV. We didn't even have a dvd player until two years ago. It's used for educational purposes- usually for grades 4 and up- and for the *very occasional* movie, usually also educational in some way- in the after school program and the older classrooms.
 

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I agree with the PP, this has huge red flags for me - both the TV, which not only isn't Montessori to me, its not something that should be done in any childcare setting. I would be upset if my child was in a daycare that did that.<br><br>
Second, I think its strange they won't let you enter the classroom. Yes, its disruptive, but I think letting the parents know they are always welcome is a sign of a good school. Our school only asks that we delay any classroom visits until after the first month so the children get settled. They invite us in frequently too for the child's birthday walk and various parent related activities.
 

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Is this school certified Montessori (American or International)? My daughter attends an AMI certified school, and I can guarantee you that this is NOT kosher. The whole concept on Montessori method is for children to be actively experiencing the world...not watching passively!
 

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It sounded to me, by the wording of the OP, that this school that her child is in is not Montessori at all. She was just looking for some information that she could give the teacher about the drawbacks of TV in the classroom, and wanted something that would be credible to an educator - thus asking for Montessori literature, because TV is never found in the Montessori classroom.
 

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Hi - I appreciate all of your replies. Unfortunately this school is supposed to be a Montessori school. I tried talking about the television with the directress and she got defensive and angry. We decided to remove our children from the school - I don't think it was the best place for us. Fortunately we have found a new Montessori school for next year. (With no Televisions)<br><br>
Thanks again,<br><br>
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Wow, a tv would be a huge red flag for me in ANY school....and those shows are really horrible (IMO).<br>
Glad you found something better for your kids!
 
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