Thursday, August 25, 2011

How does a Montessori Preschool works?

Cual es la mejor opcion entre las escuelas Montessori?

This is something I need help with, I am pretty sure most of you have experience with this feeling  and you  can help me.
C's been  going to a Momtessori School since the begining  of this month only for two mornings a week, she does fine, seems happy but I don't feel good about this school for some reason!
Why not?
- There are 32 children in this one classroom with 4 teachers, which is fine e but everytime we drop her off  we see most of kids look  bored!
-We usually stay for 5 minutes before we leave just  trying to read a book to her or being engage with her activities and seems like at least 6-8 other children come to her table to interrupt her or take stuff away from her and the teachers don't see this.
-She's been going there  for a month but it  seems like she had brought home 4 papers with pretty pictures that she drew but that it is all!
-When I ask her about her day at school, and what kind of work she did, she told me couple of times "mommy I was trying to do my puzzle but I needed help, I called the teachers but I don't think they hear me, beacuse they didn't come".
- She had also said that the children in her classroom are too loud.
WELL I don't know what to think, the teachers there are very nice (they really try), but I think they may need to hire more people Or maybe.. . Am I being to picky? Is this a real Montessori school? Can 4 teacher deal with 31 kids on the same room without a peaceful enviroment? Am I getting my money worth it?

I'm a teacher with 10 years of experience on the field, but I am not a Montessori Trained teacher yet, I think I have read every book about the Montessori Method I could found at my local library, I'm passionate about it, I believe on this Method , this is why I am taking a Montessori Teacher Training that will take me over 7 months to get certified and I LOVE IT!! ( I will post about it later).

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE the  right Montessori program for your child?

But just to let you know I am still doing homeschool  with her, I thought just giving her a  two days break away from mommy and home will be nice for improving  her social skills and problem resolving but I think for now she won't be back at this Montessori School. We may try other Montessori schools next year.
Thank you guys!!

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Este es un tema en el cual necesito su ayuda, estoy segura que muchos de ustedes tienen experiencia con este sentimiento y me podrian dar ideas.

C empezo un programa para pre-escolares  Montessori desde el principio  de este mes, sólo por  dos mañanas a la semana, a mi nina la veo entusiasmada con la idea y sus maestras dices que va de maravilla, pero no me siento bien acerca de esta escuela por alguna razón!

Cual??
- Hay 32 niños en esta clase  con 4 profesoras , lo cual está bien para mí, pero cada vez que la vamos a dejar la mayoria de ninos parecen sin vigilancia y aburridos!
-Normalmente nos quedamos durante 5 minutos en su clase para  leerle  un libro o verla haciendo sus actividades, pero vienen a su mesa entre 4-6 ninos y la interrumpen, golpeandole la mesa, haciendo bulla, tirando cosas..etc.

-C ya lleva en esta escuela 1 mes y trajo a casa 4 paginas de dibujos bellos que ella creo (actividades de arte) pero aun nada acerca de trabajo de unidades.-Cuando le pregunto acerca de su día en la escuela, y qué tipo de trabajo  ella hizo,ella menciono; "mamá yo estaba tratando de hacer mi rompecabezas, pero necesitaba ayuda, llamé a la maestra pero no me escucho, habia mucha bulla".
- Ella también ha dicho que los niños de la escuela son demasiado bullciosos.
Bueno, yo no sé qué pensar, las maestras no son muy agradables (que en realidad intentan manejar al grupo), pero creo que seria necesario contratar más personal O tal vez .. . yo soy muy exigente? ¿Es esta una verdadera escuela Montessori? Las 4  profesoras pueden lidiar con 31 niños en la misma habitación sin un ambiente de paz? ¿MI inversion  vale la pena?


Soy profesora con 10 años de experiencia en el campo, pero yo no soy una maestra capacitada en el Programa Montessori, se mucho de este programa, me apasiona , eh leido cada libro que se puedan imaginar acerca del metodo Montessori y actualnete estoy haciendo un entrenamiento en este, sacar mi licencia en 7 meses, pero es la primera vez que soy mama y el sentimiento es totalmente diferente en relacion  a la educacion de mi hija.


¿Cómo elegir el programa adecuado para su hijo?

Yo sigo haciendo el programa de Homeschooling con C, solo pense en darle un espacio estos dos dias a la semana pero creo que no resulto, hemos pensado en que ella no volvera a esta escuela. Tal vez podamos intentar otras escuelas Montessori el próximo año.


GRACIAS!!

Patty

4 comments:

Jill said...

I would have to say trust your Mommy instincts on this! Yes, a lot of Montessori is focused on child learning and having the teachers set up a proper classroom environment for the learning to take place. It sounds to me like they are not well set up? I have worked with children for over 20 years and I can usually judge good programs from bad right away. What you are saying sends up some red flags. Don't apologize for wanting the best for your child....she deserves nothing less then the best. Let me know what you decide to do. I wish you the best.

twolittleseeds said...

Hi,
I sent my son to a Montessori Preschool for 2 afternoons a week. The max number of children was 16 but there was about 10 on most afternoons with 2 / 3 staff. It was calm which is why my son liked it. My son tried a school with about 28 kids and found it too chaotic, he got bored and I ended up homeschooling before I found the Montessori one.
Do you have any other ones you can try?
Daisy x

Feliz Mamá said...

Patty, yo estoy empezando a escolarizar y estoy a la expectativa...
Tengo la primicia de que la escuela instruye y el hogar educa, veré cómo me funciona...
Por lo pronto creo que lo más importante es obedecer nuestro sentir y el de nuestros peques...

Olives and Pickles said...

Thank you for your comments, we decided to pull her out of the program, maybe wait until next year to see another option...but let me tell you I am not in hurry to let her go yet : )
Thanks for your great hreat support.

Feliz Mama, gracias por el comentario,bueno como ya mencione en el post, hemos decidio sacarla de ese programa, buscaremos otras opciones medio tiempo pero a partir del proximo 2012...asi que veremos que pasa ahi.
Y mucha suerte para tu nena en esta etapa.