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I have been playing with the idea of putting my ds in to some sort of "different" schooling when he is of age. I have a vague idea of what Montessori is but am not entirely clear. Can someone please explain what it is, the benefits and how easy they are to find throughout the country? I would like to prepare financially if this is the best option.
 

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"Montessori 101" is a great article--and a great place to start:<br><a href="http://www.mrcserie.org/mont101.html" target="_blank">http://www.mrcserie.org/mont101.html</a>
 

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The two most prominent features of M are the mixed age grouping, the materials and the role of the adult.<br><br>
Children stay with one teacher (called "Directress" or "Guide) for 3 years. The youngest ones learn alot from simply observing older children working with the more advanced materials. The "big kids" solifify their learning by teaching lessons. They learn empathy and cooperation.<br><br>
The materials are designed to go from simple to complex and also have a self-correcting feature. They are made of natural and breakable materials.<br><br>
Montessori wrote a book (among many others) called "Education for Peace". She eventually extended her philosophy to the high school, to the college years and to all of society.
 
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