Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Montessori School

Anyone with experience with Montessori schools?

We have a local Montessori school that has gotten a charter. We had contemplated this school for Benjamin but then once they got their charter they had to go to the lottery system to determine who could attend. 4K costs about $400 a month but once they start kindergarten it is free.We decided to enter Benjamin into the lottery since he would already have a slot for kindergarten if he goes to 4K. We are concerned that he would really be bored in public school. A bored Benjamin is not a good Benjamin.

I feel that he would do well with the hands on approach and that he would be motivated to learn. However, I have had someone tell me that their kid didn't learn anything. Now it makes me concerned. If you have any experience with the Montessori methods please let me know how it was for you.

Oh, Emma's teacher is taking a break. A good friend of mine is getting out of education. Why? The level of behavioral problems with the kids and lack of administrative support. They feel that they can no longer teach. It is scary out there. Apparently Emma will have a substitute for the rest of the year.

1 comment:

  1. I currently teach at a Charter Montessori School. I LOVE the Montessori philosophy. I do think that Montessori is not a good fit for everyone. The students in my class that do the best are self motivated and don't need constant direction. If Benjamin wants to learn, and can self direct at home, like choosing play activities on his own, then he will do well. I have some students who follow me around all day asking me what they should do next. They know what they should be doing, they just don't want to do it. It's really not a great fit for them, and I feel that they would do better in a traditional setting where they are told what to do all day. However, if he is advanced and enjoys learning, it can be wonderful. I was working on multiplication with some first graders today, which normally isn't introduced until the end of second grade or beginning of third. I have readers at levels from not knowing letters to above fifth grade level, but no one is held back by anyone else. I would suggest going in for a tour and seeing what you think. Ask if the teachers are Montessori certified, and state certified. If you have other questions, let me know!