I desperately want mr magoo to go to Montessori but the fees are insane at out local school - $2500 per 10 week term for 3 yr olds!!! Then $4500 per term for 6yrs+ ... Plus 100's in levies and membership to the local Montessori chapter ...
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10-12-2011 16:52 #21
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10-12-2011 18:12 #23
I have looked into it in my research (along with Steiner), and it seems like a very beautiful learning approach. Unfortunately there aren't any dedicated Reggio Emillia schools in Brisbane from what I have heard.
10-12-2011 19:02 #24
Reggio Emilia is more infant toddler than school age. It is a beautiful approach. Not very well adopted here unfortunately as my children will be going to the local Steiner school and I want them in a child care (due to uni work) similar but there are just none out there. :-(
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15-12-2011 12:01 #26
Hmm the only accredited school here is $2495 a term, not including levis plus other bits and bobs
So...how many terms are there in a school year? It's not looking very achievable
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I like the idea of Montessori and always planned on sending our child there but I just looked at the fees and for the first year alone it is $18,048 plus the extra! crazy!
01-01-2012 20:15 #28
I know it's been a while since you asked this, but my girls are both are Montessori (PVMS in Melbourne) and we love it. A lot of the cautions you have received so far are still valid, though ...
* do make sure it's a 'real' Montessori, and that the practice matches to theory
* do be aware that Montessori is very, very expensive because schools need specialist equipment, specialist teachers AND have very little government support. We pay just over $10k per year per child.
* schools do differ and change over time, make sure you do a tour and several observations in different classrooms to be sure before you enrol.
If it is the right school, if your child is in the majority and is a good fit, if you are committed to extending and supporting the Montessori approach at home ... there is nothing better.
As a Montessori parent, I think it is nothing short of a scandal that the government is willing to support faith schools and well off private schools that simply replicate the public education system, yet systems that offer parents a true alternative are not funded to the same level.
I have two daughters, and each has had quite a different experience because the absolute crux of Montessori is that it is based on the individual needs and personal developmental path of the child. My elder daughter raced ahead, was extended, and ultimately, accelerated. Most importantly, she was given what she needed, she was fed intellectually, where she would have been seen as the troublemaker in a traditional school.
My younger daughter has been given the space to find who she is, lots of interaction with younger children to help her grow into a mentor role, and lots of encouragement with the 3Rs, which don't come naturally to her unlike her sister. Her preferred learning style (kinesthetic, requiring tactility and lots of movement) is honoured, and she feels loved, cherished and settled in her classroom.
I could go on for hours (I have in the past ...) so PM me if there are any specific questions you have.
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01-01-2012 20:20 #29
Montessori encourages separation, but not at the expense of the child's wellbeing ... if a child sees school as somewhere scary and horrible, it undoes the entire exercise. The classroom MUST be perceived as somewhere homey, welcoming and intringuing ... their own little domain.
01-01-2012 22:15 #30
Thanks heaps for the info Jaq. Montessori sounds amazing, and exactly what I'm after. But there's no way I can afford $10,000 a year (the school here is the same price). I wish it was more affordable I'm really disappointed about the whole thing actually.
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