Posts filed under ‘Montessori’

Interested in a new Montessori Charter School?

I’ve gotten word of a potential Montessori charter school starting up in what I think is the Old Irving Park area.  The group is called the Avondale Montessori Academy and they’re aiming to get the school started for next year (2010 – ooh, that looks so futuristic, doesn’t it?  Wonder if the kids will be wearing jet packs to school by then?)

It looks like they still need people to get involved to get it off the ground.

NEW INFO: July 9 – Upcoming Official Community Forum
AMA will participate in an official Chicago Public Schools Community Forum on July, 9 2009 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m at the Irving Park YMCA. The address is 4251 West Irving Park Rd.
This forum is CRUCIAL to the success of our potential school. Please contact us to today to learn how you can support our efforts. Please
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It could be a great addition to Chicago’s Montessori school options, many of which are really expensive (not to mention near-impossible to get into) and the current CPS Montessori schools which require luck from the lottery Gods for a spot.  I don’t know much (actually anything) about how the Charter School process works… if you get involved early does that secure your child a spot?

I personally am a fan of the Montessori method even though my son wasn’t a great fit for it.  As with anything, there are pros and cons, but I think that especially for the older grades it really encourages a good independant work style and lets the kids pursue topics that are of interest to them.

Here’s the group’s web site.


July 1, 2009 at 10:44 am 24 comments

Report Card Day

Well, my “baby” has gotten his first report card.  And what a report card it was.  CPS breaks down the child’s ability into an extreme level of minutae, so that I can learn whether many skills are well developed or partially developed.  I am pleased to learn that he is good at skipping!  My homeschooling there has paid off.  (Actually I lie.. I think he learned that in gym.  So that’s why they measured it.)  It’s hard to believe that the teacher actually knows the abilities of all 27 children at such a discrete level, but the best part was was I did NOT hear:  The words, “We think there was some mistake in your son getting into this class.”  But no.  Yay!  He is keeping up.

The other good news is that I have confirmation that he was not well-suited for the Montessori environment and seems to thrive in a class where he’s told what to do at each point during the day.  His teacher even commented that during the Exploration portion of the class, where they can select their own activity (fun stuff that will disappear in first grade like building robots out of legos) he tends to wander aimlessly, unable to select some materials.  No problem about that.  He can wander for 20 minutes (and at no cost!)  Heck, I used to pay almost $1000 a month for him to wander around the classroom for the whole day!

The other fears that were put upon us with his Montessori prek have also turned out to be unfounded.  They felt he was “living too much in the world of imagination and fantasy” (accompanied by implications that we let him watch too much TV, read comic books, etc.)  We left that school with the fear that unless we got him out of his fantasy world quickly and into projects like potting plants and pounding nails into wood that he would have a hard time in school.  Well, I never got him around to the potting and pounding (they do sound like fun kid projects though) and low and behold he has really blossomed in his more traditional-style classroom.  And I’m glad we didn’t try to squelch his imagination — it’s a core part of who he is.

November 13, 2008 at 1:27 am 2 comments

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