Coming to the point of merging montessori and kindergarten philosophies,i feel a pure montessorian philosophy will not hold good in the Indian scenario.In our country montessori is more practiced at the primary level than at the elementary level.
My question is what is the case of all those children who pass out of a montessori primary school.Not all find places in the mont elementary as there r pretty few.If at all there r schools,they r quite expensive that a common middle class can afford.
After an years research,i am of the opinion that it would be a better approach to merge certain teaching methods.
MONTESSORI Activity based learning,independence,moving from the concrete to the abstract, and the like.
KINDERGARTEN More chances for a child to work in groups,a real component of creativity,fantasy,early writing skills(a pity thing yet a mandate when a child enters traditional primary schools) which montessori lacks.
REGGIO EMILIA What impressed me is the emergent curriculum and inviting parents as partners in educating the child.
I solicit all inputs in amalgamating the above discussed teaching methods.