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ERIC Number: EJ1008539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
Why Montessori? Answers from a Parent's Perspective
Karna, Anu
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v25 n1 p24-29 Spr 2013
The author knew she would be picky about where her child started his schooling. After calling over 30 public and private schools within a 50-mile radius of her home, and then visiting more than 15 of them, the author chose Lexington Montessori School (LMS). However, when she tells friends and acquaintances about her son's fantastic school, she discovers that Montessori is not well understood. There appear to be two threads of thinking about the Montessori philosophy. One view is that the Montessori environment is chaotic: "It's too much to expect children to choose their own work for hours at a time. The other view is that Montessori is too rigid: "Making simple things like taking off your coat or eating your lunch into a job to learn is too much for a child." Children need unstructured time to relax. However, the author believes in the intangible value of the intrinsic love of learning that Montessori nurtures. She wants her child to be able to learn with confidence and develop a passion for learning so that he will be able to learn whatever skill he needs to survive in any situation he faces. Furthermore, he will know when to act independently and when to engage others for help.
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Language: English
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