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    Default Difference between Montessori & Steiner?

    "Creativity then, is not so much developed by a concentration on its stimulation, so much as it evolves at the end of a long process of cognitive development which had absorption of reality as its beginning point."

    I guess this is what I was worried about. This says to me that it's not actively nurtured, but expected to evolve individually after a certain point. But, those of you with children in Montessori schools would be better qualified to comment I'm sure!

    Is there much story telling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaNurture View Post
    Blissed out can I please ask which school your kids are at?
    I've PMd you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    The literacy and numeracy delays have no long term impact if you stick with the school, the kids by 10 are on par or often above their peers in main****** schools.

    Where are you located OP? My kids school is largely based on Steiner philosophy, but incorporates other philosophies and is quite progressive, they also don't include the spiritual side.

    They have a huge focus on imagination and creativity (Steiner), which is hugely beneficial later in life. Creativity in education is currently something main****** schools are losing as a result of rigid curriculum and a results based focus.
    I'm located in Adelaide! There seems to only be trinity gardens primary school that I can find for Steiner they are hoping to open another down south though this sounds great to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by futuremamma View Post
    "Creativity then, is not so much developed by a concentration on its stimulation, so much as it evolves at the end of a long process of cognitive development which had absorption of reality as its beginning point."

    I guess this is what I was worried about. This says to me that it's not actively nurtured, but expected to evolve individually after a certain point. But, those of you with children in Montessori schools would be better qualified to comment I'm sure!

    Is there much story telling?
    2 year old DS recently started "toddler pre school" at Montessori (parents stay in the room) and yes they sing twinkle twinkle etc and read stories

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    Default Difference between Montessori & Steiner?

    Bummer, we live in Queensland.

    We were told to enroll them as soon as we got their birth certificates to have our best chance at getting them in. I know friends have missed out. So get your name on the wait list, even if you're not 100% sure, it'll probably boost your position if they open one near you.

    I really love our kids school, it has a lovely feel about it and is consistent with our parenting ideals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    Bummer, we live in Queensland.

    We were told to enroll them as soon as we got their birth certificates to have our best chance at getting them in. I know friends have missed out. So get your name on the wait list, even if you're not 100% sure, it'll probably boost your position if they open one near you.

    I really love our kids school, it has a lovely feel about it and is consistent with our parenting ideals.
    Thank you for your advice I will call on Monday! I really do seem to like the way they function more! My step mil doesn't like Montessori as when they enter high school they don't know anything they need to be guided she has told me. (she is a teacher at top catholic school) but that's just her pov! I'm going in with an open mind of what we are expecting

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    Thank you for your advice I will call on Monday! I really do seem to like the way they function more! My step mil doesn't like Montessori as when they enter high school they don't know anything they need to be guided she has told me. (she is a teacher at top catholic school) but that's just her pov! I'm going in with an open mind of what we are expecting
    We're lucky our kids school should be going up to year 12 soon, but I think the shift in learning styles can be hard if they do transition into main****** schooling.

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    With speaking to the teachers at DS Montessori they tell me 95% of their year 6 kids get into selective high schools and have absolutely no trouble assimilating into main ****** high schools, by that stage they are very well prepared , mature and confident enough to follow new routines/structures etc and as Ana said they have to follow the same curriculum as every other school, they just do it their own way

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    Steiner is a little more...dogmatic? I don't mean to make it sound like a negative, I just can't think of another term atm. Their philosophy is based on a particular man and his beliefs, and very much incorporates his spirituality.

    I think it depends very much on the child...

    Montessori schools/preschools are generally more varied than Steiner ones, and the general idea is to follow the interests of the child. It tends to work well if you have a self-motivated learner, and you make sure to keep track of how they're faring in areas that you think are important, but may not be of great interest to them.

    Steiner schools... well you'd really have to look into their philosophy, there's a loot to explain. If you're considering a Steiner school then I'd suggest reading Rudolf Steiner's The Education of the Child. http://steinerbooks.org/research/arc..._the_child.pdf

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    From my limited knowledge, I would say steiner schools are very varied too.

    e.g. some steiner schools discourage children from wearing black, and frown upon any tv watching at all. Some are very entrenched in the religion/spirituality that is behind steiner, while others disregard this aspect.


 

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