Pueblo-Montessori Attitude

Southern Colorado is not noted for a narrow minded mentality. Pueblo School District 70, on the other hand, is having problems with the Montessori method of eduation. It’s not a teacher oriented approach, but an approach that is child oriented. The recent rejection of a charter Montessori school is a case in point. Superintendent Dan Lere’s concern that
“the perception that students attending Montessori schools do not perform as well on the Colorado Student Assessment Program exams” made my jaw drop!
The word “perception” is used instead of actual statistics for Montessori Schools’ CSAP scores!
It is true that Montessori schools do not teach for the test, but are there to help children learn. Charter schools are accountable by state law to test and have adequate performance. With this in mind, I wonder why District 70 is so anti Montessori? Is control the issue? Does it affect the politics of the schools and the administration?
Why not give your community the best and let others help make your students succeed.
Here are the Rye Elementary CSAP Scores.
Here you can compare the Boulder Community Montessori Elementary School to Rye Elementary School.
This site can also compare the Denver Denison Montessori Elementary School compared to Rye Elementary School.
It’s best to compare schools’ CSAP scores before making a judgment call. It’s the Montessori way.

Autism-How we are wired

Autism and Mirror Neurons gives insight to how our brains are wired.
It’s good to know that we are all unique!

Dr Petty puts our individuality into prospective-
“I do not doubt the value of this neurological approach to autism, but it is important to recognize that it is only a part of the picture.
We also need to respect the importance of other ways of looking at an individual.”

Montessori discovered that the right environment for every baby and preschool child could make a profound positive influence in a child’s future development. She provided individual programs for each child, it was expected that each student would develop at his or her own way and own pace.

Holiday Toy List

Montessori Mom has a toy list with ideas for the holidays. You can get Montessori-like toys anywhere. Just look for something your child enjoys to help them learn and grow. Toys that are energized by children are the best. You don’t need batteries when you do a puzzle, color, paint, or build with bricks or play with a ball.
Find great toys at the dollar store, grandma’s attic, thrift stores, or online!

Montessori and Critical Thinking Skills

I agree with Critical Thinking. My public school education did not foster free & critical thinking. In fact, we knew if you wanted your instructor to give you a good grade on your essay you must do one main thing, agree with your teacher! Montessori and homeschooling have given my chidren much better thinking skills than their public school eduated parents!