Friday, November 8, 2013

Montessori Preschool - 2 months later

Well, I wrote my 3rd check to Ozzie's preschool this month which means we are 2 months into Montessori. I am here to tell you, it's the best decision we ever made. I have seen changes in my son so quickly that I am still shocked and occasionally ask "who is this kid?!" Dare I say the shy kid is all but gone??

His teacher is very pro "let them do it themselves" which while it's taken Hubs and I a little longer to catch on to, it's so empowering to him. Everything from...He hangs his coat up at school, no help from us... to learning to put things away after he is done with them.This small change has really changed Oz for the better. He's always been willing to help and he's definitely a "I do it" kid... but the power of knowing that he can do so much all on his own has really increased his confidence. The power of a group and learning from peers has been huge.



One of the things I love most about pick up and drop off now vs at his previous daycare is how calm everyone is. The kids are not chaotic, they are polite, and they function as a little team. Now they are still kids and they are all nuts with their own personalities. They are not silent by any means. I guess what I am trying to explain is the teachers seem to be engaged and leading rather than  trying to contain everyone and keep them under control. It's no slight against his previous daycare, and I think it has a lot to do with the age group difference (no kiddos under 3). The calm behavior is modeled by all the adults and trickles down for sure.

When we went to the orientation night they spoke about the montessori method. One of the things that stuck with us was the cooperative learning environment. They learn to help, to lead by example, and to always think of others. One day very early on Ozzie came in and grabbed his bin of legos as he always does. In the process he tipped the whole stack of rubbermaid containers over and made a huge mess. Oskar was mortified. You know what happened? The kids swarmed. They all as a group helped clean it up without one word from the teacher prompting them to do so. This was the day that I just knew we had made the right decision.



I could go on and on but I'll leave you with this. My formerly shy toddler who lacked confidence is now the kid that talks to strangers and engages kids when we are out and about. His language has soared (he's in speech therapy and has been for about a year) and he is easier to ask to clean up and help out. His play has turned imaginative and more interactive.I know some of these things would have happened with a move to any pre-school,  but I have no doubt that the montessori method was the right move for him and I look forward to years to come in a montessori program!

2 comments :

  1. I'm a big fan of the Montessori method as well- it allows for individual creativity and interests, but at the same time establishes a foundation of caring about the community and others. Glad to see Ozzie is responding well and you are all reaping benefits from it!

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