Kathryn had her preschool open house on Thursday, Oct 13. Tommy had conferences so it was just us girls. K was most excited for the provided snacks and to play with friends outside. I insisted that we needed to see her classroom and see her in action.
With both graciousness and courtesy (Montessori words) she gave Eleanor 3 or 4 presentations. In these pictures they are doing metal insets.
Kathryn is at a traditional Montessori (the teachers are all Montessori certified - the Montessori name isn't trademarked so if you're in the preschool market make sure the teachers are certified) so she's there 5 mornings a week for 3 hours. (Last year she did 3 day/ 3 hours- everyone went on to kindergarten so it was kind of like starting new for her-- their Montessori program only began last year.)
It's pretty amazing some of the stuff she's doing math, geography, cursive (do I think sometimes she spends the morning goofing off? Yes! hopefully the upcoming parent/teacher conference will tell me otherwise!)
It's child led with the teacher (or guide) giving "presentations" to the children. What they do is called "work." The classrooms are called "Children's House." The classrooms are multi-aged 2 1/2-6. I'm pretty sure she'll go to a public Montessori in our district next year- she does have the option to do kindergarten at her current school next year.
There are 5 areas of Montessori education- I cut and pasted the following from: http://www.mariamontessorischools.co.uk/learning.htm