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in my local school district we have a traditional school that has a montessori program. the montessori has a waiting list, while the traditional program has been steadily losing kids to private schools or transfers.<br><br>
right now there is a move to go "all montessori." To accomplish this, the district has told the traditional teachers that they will pay for them to have montessori training or they will find them other positions elsewhere in the district.<br><br>
DD is in a montessori preschool and I am falling more in love with it by the day. We live closeby to this elementary school that is going all montessori. I'm tempted to put DD there. But am I right to be concerned about this transition?<br><br>
I have such a hard time imagining that any traditional teacher would embrace montessori (esp. by force) and implement it correctly.<br><br>
I know as a parent that while I believe strongly in the philosophy of Faber and Mazlish (how to talk to kids so kids will listen, how to listen to kids so kids will talk), but its VERY hard to change habits.<br><br>
Do you think its possible that this transition could be successful? Or is my gut feeling correct? If it were you, how would you "check" the school out to see if they were truly implementing Montessori?<br><br>
DD's zoned school is one of the best in the district by the way. People claw their way to get in if they are not zoned. Its got a great reputation. BUT it is a traditional program. I read the article someone posted on this forum about elementary and montessori and its everything I could dream for my child. I just don't know if its possible to convert a traditional program to a true montessori program.<br><br>
Any thoughts?<br>
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Hmm...I think it could be a great thing, but I think it's really going to depend on the individual teachers. We go to a Montessori charter school and while it truly is a Montessori school, some teachers are more Montessori than others. We are very, very lucky that DD's kindy teacher is a true Montessorian and we have had a great experience.<br><br>
The great things that I keep reminding myself of is that it's free AND I would have chosen this school over your typical public school any day. I would rather my children learn using the Montessori manipulatives than anything else. Watching my 5 year old do dynamic addition in the thousands using the stamp game is better than anything a public school could teach. Not that she NEEDS to know how to carry over at 5, but it's the exposure and the <i>way</i> she is being exposed to it that rocks!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I hope they're opening the option to train in Montessori to other teachers in the district. That program will work best if they have all enthusiastic volunteers.
 
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