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Old 08-19-2007, 07:58 AM
 
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I am curious to know whether or not you all think Montessori school is a wise choice for middle school years? Has anyone here been a part of or know anyone who has attended Montessori or Montessori type schools for middle school and then gone onto a traditonal high school?

Mainly, I am curious as to whether the more relaxed, child centered environment helps them through these years or is it best to jump in the big, structured pond in middle school and then move on to high school?

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Old 08-23-2007, 07:37 AM
 
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It's expensive. The plus is the teachers are trained. It's worth it especially if the child has Dyslexia. Public School is OK provided the parents work with their child at home after school and monitor homework, test prep, and also do some skill building, extracurricular activities, sports, music, and some extra education like online schools so the children are better prepared during college time. Even when parents send their children to Montessoir middle school, I would advice them to do all the above mentioned things and also keep constant touch with the teacher checking on the childs progress and participation in class. Children are pathetic when it comes to grammar and basic math by the time they are ready to enroll for college. It is the parents responsibility to guide the child and prepare them better to face the world with confidence. If not, children loose their self esteem and feel helpless and even stupid when they get poor grades and red remarks all over their papers by lecturers.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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Children are pathetic when it comes to grammar and basic math by the time they are ready to enroll for college.
Because of Montessori? Or Montessori is a way to prevent this?
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:30 PM
 
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Children are pathetic when it comes to grammar and basic math by the time they are ready to enroll for college.
I strongly disagree with that statement.
The kids I know were quite strong, tested as such, and successfully went on to college.

A few may be as you say, but not the majority (as you sweeping generalization implies).


And what specifically does that have to do with Montessori for the middleschooler?
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:34 PM
 
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I'm following this thread. Our grandson currently attends a Montessori pre-school, and his parents are weighing the pros and cons of having him continue. I have two friends who teach early elementary grades, and they both spoke out against the Montessori program beyond the very young ages. In their experience, the children who have gone through the program are not well adapted to handling group activities, and tend to call out in class, and do their "own thing". Personally, I have no experience.
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Old 11-09-2014, 05:38 PM
 
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Based on what I have read about Montessori methods, it's sounds like a good program. I'm it varies from school to school, so you need to do your homework on whichever school you are looking at. I cannot remember the exact discussion, but it seems to me that Montessori is not a copyright and different entities take liberties with use of the name.
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:02 PM
 
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I went to Montessori through 5th grade and my mom is a Montessori teacher.

Montessori is great if the school is great, it stinks if the school stinks. That's kind of the all encompassing answer to your question. No child is going to suffer just because they attended a Montessori school. I went on to a competitive private middle and high school and a top rated college. But if the school isn't any good then the education won't be. You have to look at where their graduates wind up and how they do in high school. While accreditation is also important, we had a negative experience with a local accredited Montessori school so it isn't foolproof.
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