In my opinion, the Montessori method is not for everyone. From what I have observed, those who are self-starters and can function in little structure do well in the Montessori setting. Those kiddos who need structure or lack self-management skills really struggle with the concept. It's all about knowing the child and making the right decision for him/her.
Some children thrive in the less structured environment, others struggle and behavior declines as time goes on.
All three of my children went through Montessori, and my two daughters (now college grads) both plan on getting Montessori certified and opening their own school.
If done properly, Montessori is actually very structured. (I say that because there are four Montessori schools near me and two of them are really little more than daycares.) The whole gist of it to teach children how to learn and make them excited about learning. The Montessori system recognizes that not every child learns at the same pace or at the same time, so when a child shows an acute interest in, let's say, math, they're they to help that along instead of ignoring it because it's not in the curriculum at that particular moment.
I love the Montessori system and it worked out well for my kids.
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