I do not like the idea of having a method to work with human beings. A method might be a good idea for a short course or short periods in a long program, but protracted functioning/ dysfunction within the control of a method would drive me crazy.
The administrator emphasized that respect for children distinguishes Montessori schools from mainstream ones. Respect, a principle that should guide every educational project, has become the hallmark of “specialty”. Although respect does not suggest a particular system of strategies, it might necessarily lead to some of the policies characteristic of the Montessori method: there is no grading and each child can follow his/her own learning path.
I had spent days watching videos about Montessori schools, but immersing myself in the atmosphere of a real Montessori institution made a difference. I am a weak child. It was a reality of too many objects, too many people, and too many activities that over-stimulated me. At the same time, there was too much discipline.
A Montessori school would be good for me if
- its design generously includes quiet and empty spaces where I can spend my time alone;
- it respects fairy tales;
- it lends me materials that present complex realities and concepts in a way that does not correct my interpretation of them.
A Montessori School Community
Montessori Sensorial Exercises
Montessori Introduction to Addition
Language Prewriting/ Patterning
Montessori Practical Life Pouring Activity
An Introduction to the Montessori Math Curriculum
Montessori Practical Life Curriculum Demonstrations