It's something the dude and I talk about a lot. How we want to educate the sprout. What we want him to get out of school. Do we want him to even go to school? Well, school in the traditional sense. Yes, of course we want him to be educated.
We have been going to a play group at Montessori school for the last month. For some reason I thought that the play group would be a lot more structured. But after we got there the first week and circle time was over, there were toys laid out and we were instructed just to have at it. It hit me then. Of course, this is Montessori. They encourage children to learn at their own pace, to choose what they want to do. As a student that excelled in grade school, I love this approach. If the sprout grasps something quickly he can move on sooner, and if he needs more time that's totally acceptable too.
They also use a lot of scaffolding. 3-6 year olds are in the same class and this helps the younger children. Children learn more from a child close in age but just above them in development than from an adult. I think it has to do with the way they are able to relate to each other. It's like new mums bonding after the birth of their babies. We've all been there and done that recently. We understand. Kids get it, and each other.
But, as much as I really like this way of learning, I am still not completely sold on Montessori. It feels a bit like a cult. They really believe that they are the best education. Like really believe it. And they want to tell you why.
Just like any alternative education, it's expensive too. Which doesn't help the cult thing. They want your $$$.
So much to think about...