I have another question:
Is Montessori conducive to an attachment parenting style of upbringing? I just read some disheartening info on this topic
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Someone else said it's too regimented, but that doesn't seem right from what I have read? Perhaps they were referring to the routine?
ETA: I think it depends on the school , as apparently Montessori is not patented, so anyone can use the title.
10-12-2011 15:42 #16
My son wasn't allowed in school full time because hed never been separate from me so they wanted to work him in slowly, and if I wanted I was welcome to stay r arrive early to ease the transition.
We have teachers that babywear their little ones and I've never had any comments feeding my almost 3yo in her class or at pick up certainly never told to wean my children to foster independence
In our classes it's all very supported you support them to be independent we don't push them and say see how you do. It's all about support and helping them to learn it's ok to be independent, it's not clashed with my approach or any of the other mums who are more AP than me
As far as regimented goes I'm not sure, at our school mornings are structured and afternoons more self led so you start with the sessions that suit your child best. (we are an afternoon family at the moment) things do have a routine and there is teacher led class time but that's never been a problem and my son often does individual work as he didn't cope well with circle time to begin with so as long as he wasn't distracting he was welcome to do something constructive with his time .
I do still mean to come back when kids go down to write more properly but didn't want to leave this xx
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10-12-2011 16:14 #17
My two children go to a Montessori kindy here in Brisbane. I absolutely love it. It offers them every chance to learn, play and work as an individual, choosing their own activities and also participating in group play.
I am thrilled with their learning and progress and I did a lot of research prior to putting them into this school. You should to the websites and have a good read and visit your local centre.
I feel it beats "regular" mass run kindy's as each child is really catered for as an individual. Staff turnover at our kindy is nil, which is a great positive. Teachers love it which reflects on the children.
They also learn vital life skills, serving morning tea or afternoon tea to their class (they take turns) washing up their dishes after use, always cleaning up after themselves. They know that if they are doing an activity that it's theirs to do and complete in their own time, they respect each other and their teachers.
Extra curricular is also great. They bring in qualified music teachers, sports teachers, as well as people from the community (firefighters, police, reptile show and awareness - to name a few)
95% of children finishing their pre prep yet at our Montessori can read and write.
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10-12-2011 16:32 #20
I look forward to reading your response later...i'm getting a little bit excited about all of this! (no pressure )
I really love the part you mentioned about serving morning/afternoon tea and cleaning up after themselves - that's really lovely. I have heard of some (maybe all?) Montessori schools where the children all contribute food for the day, which is lovely too. The extra-curricular activities sound like ones which my son would love
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