I am so excited to share the follow-up to our first guest blog post by Mariana Vincéns. If you’re interesting in learning more about this amazing Montessorian, click here. Her advice applies to both parents and fellow educators alike. I hope you get as much out of her responses as I did. Happy reading!
How do Montessori children adjust/transition to traditional schools at High School level?
Unfortunately, there isn’t much data on the effects that moving from a Montessori to a non-Montessori Elementary, Middle School or High School has on children. One thing I do know is that every child is unique and it is critical to remember that the way they behave, adapt and learn is different from anyone else. I think the most important aspect of a school move is allowing the child the necessary time to adjust. Put your own expectations and timelines on hold because this process is not about you. I think the child’s “team” should trust the process, take the leap of faith and remember the adjustment period may take a while.
I started school as a Montessori child and transferred in 7th grade to a Catholic school. It was a drastic change, but I adapted well! I credit my early years and passion for learning in my Montessori environment for the easy transition and seamless adaptation to my new environment. Bottom line: be supportive at home by listening, talking positively about the new school and keep the lines of communication open between you and the new teacher.
If you’re interested in what Montessori at a high school level looks like, check out this amazing school.
Mariana, I’m considering homeschooling Isabel for the remainder of her elementary years. Any resources for parents who wish to continue the Montessori method at home?
There so many wonderful resources online, your local library, blogs, online training programs, local Montessori Institutes! I think there might be TOO much information and parents can get overwhelmed. My advice is for you to contact her teacher, find out what work she is doing and ask how can you support her. Ask her about local training centers, books she recommends and insight on your daughter’s interests and strengths. I would definitely research your county’s requirements for homeschooling, search for local parenting groups, visit websites like www.montessoriguide.org , read Montessori books/blogs and go to workshops. If you feel that homeschooling will work best for her, enjoy yourself and she will too! Perhaps you’ll become a Montessori guide one day.
My 5-year old son is currently attending a Montessori program. According to his teacher he is a “textbook Montessori child”. While he is excelling impressively in Math and Science he does not want to read. I would like some advice on how I can encourage him to have some interest in reading. I currently read to him every night and he loves it, but when it comes for him to do it he just says, “I don’t know.”
Let me start by saying that because I’m not your son’s teacher, it is difficult for me to determine or give you any specific advice about his reading interest. It sounds like he is doing wonderful at school and that he is very driven and interested in math and science. Hoorrayyy!!! Keep in mind that some children are naturally drawn to certain subject areas. His teacher is the ideal person to contact if you have a serious concern regarding his reading. Through observations, she will be able to tell if there are any issues with language development and can refer you to a specialist, if needed. However, if there aren’t any outside issues, try not to worry about his interest. It sounds like what he needs and enjoys is your reading time together. As adults, we sometimes hyper focus and unconsciously push what we want for the child instead of allowing what the child to focus on what they currently crave. Perhaps saying, “I don’t know” is his way of controlling the situation. Keep reading books to him, singing and keep this time fun! He will learn how to read in his own time. Keep up the good work!