Montessori Schools – Expectations Vs Reality

Montessori Schools – Expectations Vs Reality

Montessori schools – The name in itself is self defining, meaning that there’s no defined way of learning. Montessori schools have been known to have letting the children explore themselves and learn in their own manner. This way of schooling is a far cry from the heavy bags of books that we carried around in our days. Although this sounds ideal, there are a few bloopers to it. Here are a few instances that one may find humorous.

 

Back to school shopping

Expectation:

Three weeks before the school reopens, parents take the kids to the store to get all the necessary stationery for the school. It’s all very simple, a few pencils, pens, coloring aids, tapes and bags. You (Parent) makes a scavenger hunt out of it and have some play time with your kids. Find everything you need, pay the bill and head out to grab lunch. Eat out in the kid’s favorite place and make this a memorable summer experience.

Reality:

One day before the school starts you remember that the kids have no stationeries or even socks for the next day! Panic!! You rush to the store only to find that you weren’t the only parent to push the shopping until the last moment. You wonder when back to school shopping became a Black Friday sale. Still, you manage to find a parking spot and rush into the store, where you find that the list that was given was so complicated that even you couldn’t understand it. Furthermore, you have no idea where to find any of those things! Finally you buy half of what’s on the list and come back home, tired and worn out.

 

First Day

Expectation:

You wake up earlier than the alarm. Make nutritious breakfast for the kids, pack their lunch. Your kids are excited to go to school and wake up immediately when you call them out. They are dressed in their best, eat the healthy breakfast without complaining, and stand in line for their “first day at school” pic and wave goodbye after boarding their bus.

Reality:

Wake up later than usual! Make noodles for breakfast since two minutes was all you had. Kids will be kids – they suddenly lose interest in school and become the Tom Sawyer that every parent dreads. Kids complain every minute and refuse to stand for pictures. You forget to pack lunch so you throw a bar of Cadbury and give them some money to eat in the canteen. Kids rush to their stop and don’t turn back!

 

After School

Expectation:

Schools, however entertaining, can be exhausting for the kids. Tired and hungry, the kids get home, wash up and are ready to eat their healthy snack –  salads or leftover lunch. Kids eat up and neatly clear their lunch packs and get down on their homework.

Reality:

Kids are all riled up. No sign of exhaustion. Immediately sit in front of the TV. They hate the healthy snack you made and demand ice cream or chocolates! Lunch bags and shoes are thrown in different directions and they don’t even bother about homework! Phew! You are exhausted just by imagining the evening you are about to have.

 

Play time at school

Expectation:

Kids each do something different and learns something new out of it. Teacher’s have given the kids a wonderful report.

Reality:

Every kid wants what the other one has and rest ensured there’s a screaming match. The teacher is tired and we find out that your child had won the screaming match in flying colours. The teacher wasn’t so appreciative about that though! Jokes apart, the only good that comes out of this is that the kid remains quiet at home, that night.

The expectations may vary from the actual reality, but in the end, it’s all worth the effort. There are numerous perks when it comes to sending your kids to Arwachin Montessori.  Montessori schools can be educating and nurturing at the same time, without hindering the child’s ability to learn on its own. They let children choose what they want to do, thereby letting the child create his own syllabus and subject interest. Arwachin Public School is one such school that kindles the excitement in your kid and lets the child learn in his own manner. Happy learning!

 

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