I recently received an ebook by Sue Bradley titled,”How to choose a Montessori School that’s right for your child.” I found it very informative & enjoyed having a well thought out plan that was able to guide as well as allow/encourage me to add or subtract things I thought were necessary. Sue asked for some feedback and I offered my opinion!
I wasn’t happy with the quiz that was offered. If the parent chose an answer that was opposite a Montessori style one would receive a negitive score and, the answer column actually places in parenthese negitive score. I just feel that by providing a negitive score & then underlining it is in no way going to open someone up to Montessori. Now, odds are that only people who know about Montessori are going to pick this up. Perhaps they’ve stumbled upon it or it was borrowed from another person or through some weird click of the mouse it’s opened on the screen.
Allowing people to make their own decisions is wonderful & important & so is keeping them from closing down. It’s like walking into a new church. If the only thing any one is praying about is that their high society poodle breeds true well…I don’t think I’ll stick around cause I’ve problems like anger, sloth, jealousy, & an inability to not take the last piece of Nan bread. I’m going to go where I fit in…down with the others that have the same problem, pray about & are working on becoming better people.
Her book also forgot to list any books or websites that could help someone who was either unfamiliar or sitting the fence to make a decision. A few great sites that are geared to the newbie & the parent seeking ‘daycare’ would be really great as well as the one Montessori book that I see recommended by all teachers that they keep out for parents when they have a why is that happening? question. And, perhaps even some easier books that move a parent into being comfortable with an independant child like ‘Help me do it myself’… I like that one myself 😉 Then why not include a few that’s for the parent who doesn’t have a Montessori school option but they’re interested in implementing a more Montessorian home?
All in all I thought it was very supportive & provided guidance along the path to making an informed decision. It’s well worth reading if you ask me. Sue said she’s working on updating it but in the meantime she said to share ‘with my readers’. That makes me smile…I guess that Journalism degree is finally coming in handy! 😉
Oh! And thanks Sue! I enjoyed it & hope you find that file!