We want to try homeschooling this fall, and are very open to the idea of creating a flex program w a local school or class-based group. We just read about a new montessori that opened up nearby. Does anyone have experience with their ASD kiddos and montessori? I love the idea that it’s child led, but is it a good fit for kiddos on the spectrum? I don’t know much about montessori programming, so I am sure my question is as vague as asking what it’s like to have a… read more
So the thing with montessori as with most methodology-based schools/programs is that it is a)misunderstood by public b)not actually the methodology but just one person's causal interpretation of that method. In reality "child led" is a very big misunderstanding...sure in true montessori each child can choose what activity they want to do, BUT they MUST do EXACTLY what is intended in that activity....which means that if they choose blocks, there are SPECIFIC things to create with those blocks, and when complete they clean-up and can "choose" something else to do. BUT most daycares/schools that claim montessori don't do that, and instead are just an unstructured free for all OR they just have all self-correcting materials. I think the approach might be good for some children with ASD or just typical, but it really depends on the teachers int he program and individual child...could you go and observe a few different activities to see?
Your welcome. He attended from 3-5 yrs old. And no help or aide. No IEP. Took till end of 1st grade to break that block. I do believe everyone learns in their own ways. And there is also a method of homeschooling that allows kids to learn at their own pace with what interests them. Had a friend who raised her kids with it. Everyone of them with special needs of a variety. Called unschooling. She's done articles n news interviews on it. She also really devoted herself to the lifestyle needed and had support to do so. I believe this is far better way to teach.
I loved the idea behind Montessori. But in practice it established blocks to learning for my son. Example... counting...a child learns each number completely before being allowed to go to the next number. This includes add, subtract, multiply and divide. So he got to 7 and could not divide it for a year I paid 500dollars a month in the year 2000 for him to be stuck. And nonverbal so not able to Express his confusion and being told no he can't count 8 because he doesn't get 7 yet. Saw other kids thrive. Maybe if I had spent more time with him it would have been different but I couldn't work n do it all.
Shaunessy Trujillo can you tell me more about the unschooling homeschooling. We want to homeschool our 5th grade next year. Thanks.
Thank you @A MyAutismTeam Member ...I will keep putting my feelers out there. If the style is to do activities in a very specific way, I can see my son learning that very quickly but the cornern would be memorizing patterns or steps VS learning aspect. Requesting an observation could be an idea!