In a Montessori school

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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.
Some Montessori schools may afford these conditions.

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References:

The Montessori Method

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

 

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