Montessori School

Amanda - posted on 07/19/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I was a gifted child and attended a public school in a rural area. Now I live in a city and I have started sending my gifted son to Montessori school. It seems to be working out extremely well because he can do his work at his own pace and keep his busy little mind occupied with projects that stimulate his particular interests. I'm wondering if anyone else has been sending their gifted child to Montessori school and how it has worked out for you?

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Stephanie - posted on 09/07/2010

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We moved to a new town last year, meaning that we left the school we loved! After a pretty rough year for both of my sons (one was in 2nd grade and one was in pre-k), I found out that this town has a public Montessori school. They were all private schools where we used to live and they cost a fortune! I thought about moving my children to the one here, but decided not to because what happens when we move again? We have no guarantee that the next place we live will have public Montessori schools and we cannot afford to put all three of our children in private school right now. I am about to start working on my PhD and my husband is enlisted in the Army (not the highest paying job around). I am still having issues with the school because even the gifted teachers there do not know how to deal with my children. They are not challenged enough, and we all know what happens when children get bored… My children are good, they are just not challenged!

Karen - posted on 08/08/2010

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I had my son in a Montessori school from the age of 2 to 7, and he really thrived there. Because he was allowed to work at his own pace and the place was project-oriented, he had no troubles there. The transition to public school was...difficult. He spent a pretty miserable year in 2nd grade, and then entered the gifted program in 3rd grade (they only have the gifted program from 3rd on up), where he did much, much better.

He's 23 now, with a degree in Political Science and is now working for Google as well as playing music and writing music in his spare time. He still has a project-oriented focus, and Google hired him on because of that focus. He still has fond memories of the Montessori school, so it's obvious its influence has been lasting.

Carol - posted on 07/22/2010

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We do not have a Montessori school in our area but my children's cousins go to a Montessori school. The cousins love it! The oldest cousin gets to do some amazing projects and is well supported. He works at his own pace which has been great for him. He is more interested in reading than math, yet is doing well in both. I am sometimes jealous that my children cannot have the same experiences. The younger cousin just started at the school and was able to start going half days and worked up to full days. She is having a great time too. I am glad that your child is enjoying school!
Carol

Alicia - posted on 07/22/2010

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I sent my son to two different montessori schools. The first one he outgrew after after 7 months. The second one he really didn't seem to like. I am not sure if it was the Montessori method that was the problem or the school itself. The principal was a bit controlling. :)
I now have him enrolled in a school that teaches the Workshop Way. it is montessori like. He has started in their summer program as a kindergartener (he is 4) and so far he seems to like it.

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