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The Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice (Part #1)

Alternatives From The Traditional Schooling System:

A lot of times we hear from parents, “my child was not thriving in a traditional setting and so we decided to find other options.”  Some possibilities for parents that are looking for alternatives from the traditional schooling system include homeschooling their children and a Montessori education.

In a traditional classroom setting, classes are centred around one teacher standing at the front of the class, providing the same lesson to thirty students.  This approach can be hard for the students. Some might miss the lesson because they feel overwhelmed with this learning style, others might be distracted and just not be paying attention; they usually work on it for a bit and move on to the next lesson. Teachers are under such strict guidelines. Where is the enjoyment in this style of learning?

Education is perhaps the most critical component to a child’s development, with a lasting legacy that permeates throughout our lifetime.  As parents we want to give our children the best start, and most importantly our children need to feel fulfilled, happy, inspired and nurtured.  Unfortunately many parents are finding the opposite when they send their children to a traditional school.

 Homeschooling can be an alternative for some parents:

  • They want school to feel like a home (traditional school can feel like an institution)
  • They want a smaller class size to help increase focus (traditional school classroom sizes are too large)
  • Parents feels like they can teach their child better than the school can (child not thriving in a traditional setting)
  • Parents can teach a lesson in a shorter time period and have opportunity for other experiences (feeling like the days are too long; too much time sitting on a school bus, lots of time wasted while waiting for the group)
  • Want to teach a particular religion
  • They want their child to have a positive experience (some face negative experiences and frustration in traditional settings)

Homeschooling is a nice opportunity for families that are able to manage it. However, we hear from parents that they would love to stay home and teach their children, but are just not able to do so based on various factors in their lives, or their desire to ensure their children have a social experience and the benefits that come with being in a group.

….to be continued.