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Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:24 pm

My wife and i have been researching the pros and cons of the Montessori school environment. We are seriously considering putting our 3 year old into the Montessori "Method".

Some pros are as follows:
Smaller class sizes (approx 15)
Teacher v Student ratio (3 teachers / class)
Program Enhancement i.e.. Guest Speakers, Trips, Nature appreciation...the list goes on...done on a weekly basis.
Teaching method...based on each child's needs..focus on a child's weaker abilities while reinforcing the stronger ones. Going at a strong and fluid pace based on each child. No child learns at the same pace.

Some Cons:
Unfortunately, price....but we think it could work out  Smile OR would the money spent on Montessori be better put into a Registered Education Plan for Post Secondary Education? Will she want to attend University?...Where is my crystal ball?  Smile
Strict regiment....would my child learn better/more in a less intense area? Or is the focus on my child what she needs? This is the hardest point to resolve.
Social activity.....no true break....no gym class

The above is very brief. But my main reason for this thread is to get feedback from anybody that has been put into Montessori or is a parent of a child that attends a Montessori school.

Thank you

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RE: Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:29 pm

I'm a junior in H.S. Went to montesorri for prek-5. I can't tell you how much I think it has helped me to become as good a student as I am today. It is an environment where one can flourish at such a higher rate than normal. I organized a blood drive in 4th grade. I went to operas with school. I did math and english etc, but i also did chemisty experiments and learned about culture and the world. The scope of learning is amazing. Please do your kid a favor, put them there for at least a couple years. You WONT regret it.

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RE: Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:43 pm

My little brother went to Montessori School and I beleive it was the best thing my parents chose for him. The teacher was great and ran the school within her house. There would be play time and educational time. My brother was so ready for school that when the time came to go to KG, he was skipped to 1st because he could already read and do double digit addition and subtraction. I think those
cons about "strenuous pace" are hyped and made by parents who don't realize that little kids' brains are like sponges. When I have kids, I will definitely put them in Montessori school. I agree with vaman, do your kid a favor and he/she will flourish.
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RE: Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Tue Nov 30, 2004 6:51 pm

I went to Montessori School, from 6th to 9th grade (final year prior to high school). I am not sure if it is exactly the same in different countries.
My class had 16 students compared to public schools that could have up to 30-35 students, so that was a major difference. You got more time together with the teacher - closer relationship. They learned how you work as a person and what you are good at and not so good at. IMO, a fairly large part of school is to know your teacher(s).

The biggest difference I noticed was that it was more projects instead of the weekly homework that you see in public schools.
We could have a project of some kind that we had 5 weeks to complete, ex. I wrote an essay of 15 pages about the Cuba Crisis in 8th grade (we had projects like this all the time in suitable subjects, like in Nature science for ex.). The point was to get the students to learn how to plan their own work and organize most of it by themselves. Basically you could choose whether to work at a medium pace for 5 weeks or sleep the first 4 weeks and stress the last week.
One purpose of this was to get students used to planning their own work pre-high school so that they would be prepared for it when it would appear in high school. This would mean a fairly large advantage compared to students in public schools, as they did not have this with them in their baggage.

Of course in, for example, English we had the weekly homework like words/reading a small piece of text and book reading, but it was mixed with large projects and such.

This is some of what I personally experienced.

In conclusion, Montessori uses a different teaching, which, IMO, is advantageous.

BTW, Montessori was/is free of charge in Sweden, just a bit tough to get in there.

Hopefully this makes some sense.  Smile

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RE: Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Tue Nov 30, 2004 8:49 pm

I went to Montessori for secondary school. It was well worth it. The attention one gets compared to public school is much better. On average the grades for my year were better then the city average.

It has also helped me further in life, more confident and have become a go-getter. It also helped me alot for entrance in to H.S., I was one of few who was accepted to one of the United World Colleges, 9 international schools which are spread all over the world. They achieve on some the highest International Baccalaureate grades in the world. Pluss, if you are Canadian and you're chiled is selected. ( An extensive process trough interviews, essays, etc...) its is paid for by the school. So there is something less to worry about as an alternative path.
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RE: Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Wed Dec 01, 2004 4:57 am

I thank you all ever so much for your comments regarding the Montessori experience. My wife and I will take all your points into account.

This is a difficult and serious matter for us and all advice and commentary are welcome and appreciated.  Smile  Smile  Smile

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RE: Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:11 am

I think it depends on your kids.

If they have enough self disipline to get the less attarctive stuff done in time it´s ok.

When they ar more the `free´ tree climbing kind of kids a more strict environment might perhaps lead to better results in the end.
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RE: Your Thoughts On Montessori Schools

Wed Dec 01, 2004 5:16 am

We did the Montessori thing for my eldest daughter. My dad offered to split the cost as opposed to having her stay w/a day care lady who kept her in her home while my wife and I were at work. She attended a couple of years of Pre-K. I liked the attention she got, and the small class size. The teachers were a good lot, but they never liked ME to terribly much. SUV owner, Texan, Republican....you get the idea.

Anyhow, I was very pleased with the schooling she was getting. They described her as a "powerfull child". She was inquisitive, and eager to learn, BUT could be stubborn. We have since discovered she is A.D.D. She also got the better of them once, at the tender age of three, she told the faculty we had lost a relative in a car crash. She described what happened and the type of car involved. When I arrived to pick her up, the teachers, for about the first time ever, came and comforted me about the "death in the family". The only family member we'd "lost" was a goldfish that had died. I asked them what they were talking about, and they described the whole tale that Melissa had told them, about a relative being killed in a Mercedes Benz in a tunnel. She was describing the accident that Princess Di had been killed in, the previous weekend. They were pretty stunned she had the ability to weave a good tale, and get the better of all of 'em.

Because of the cost of the school, the kids all seemed to be from homes that were run by BOTH parents. And those parent attended every parent/teacher event planned. Melissa made some friends she keeps up with, even after being gone from that place for five years.

Bottom line, it's a good investment, if you can afford it.

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