Montessori is Changing my Preschooler for the Better.
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Have you ever heard of the Montessori Method?
It’s a particular way of schooling, in which the learning is geared towards the kids as individuals who can do things on their own, as long as they are taught to do so in a patient and positive manner.
“Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.”
This post is an update after 6 months of the kiddos attending a Montessori preschool here in Bali. You may be asking yourself, but don’t we Worldschool? Yes, but that doesn’t mean the kids can’t attend a proper school for a while, uniforms and all. They are learning more English than I could ever teach them at home. And with the Montessori program they are learning lots of other stuff that I am actually learning along with them.
Three months ago I wrote a 100 word poem.
“Big Kiddo told me off for not explaining to the cleaning lady where the toys go. She puts them into any container she can find, with no particular order.
Imagine what it’s like trying to find anything.
I sent them to a Montessori Preschool so they could get some English immersion and me some free time. I haven’t used any of it to organize; the kiddos just spread it all everywhere anyway.
He said he wanted to organize the toys.
Wait, what? The only explanation is the school and how they teach.
Everything in its place, all the time.”
I finally caved, now the game room is organized. Things in their own containers, organized in shelves. I was getting really tired of the kiddos just dumping the big basket to look for one thing and then the cleaning lady sweeping it all up and putting it back in the basket with all the other stuff she had swept up that should really be in the dustbin, not mixed in with the toys. I never managed to explain to her that doing that is just gross so I had to go ahead and keep things organized on my own so she just has to sweep and mop.
In Phuket the game room was called “El Cuarto Colej” (that’s not a typo) it was minimally organized but we did lots of schoolwork in it. Since we haven’t ever homeschooled here in the Bali house, the game room was called “El cuarto juegos”, but now Big Kiddo has changed it to “El cuarto colegio juegos”. He says the room looks like a school now that it’s organized.
I’m cool with that.
It’s been 6 months since I sent them off to school in the mornings. I wrote about it the first two weeks and as time has passed I have noticed how their attitude is changing towards playing and order. Small Kiddo is much more maleable because she’s small, and is now really good at putting things away in their place and playing with one set of toys at a time. Big Kiddo still needs reminding, even though in school he has become accustomed to doing it.
I still fight over the throwing of things but that is almost a fight I think I will never win.
Do your kids go to Montessori School?
How do you like it? Do share with me please