My my expectation was that my child should be able to write and recognize letters A to Z, write numbers 1 to 100 and read basic 3-letter words. I was advised that since my child preferred to spend time outdoors and working on blocks, they encouraged that learning ability, while choosing to ignore academic work. Both teachers did not feel it was their responsibility to prepare my child for first grade from a basic educational point of view, rather, both felt that The Creative Foundation curriculum was designed to focus on Montessori goals but not academic ones. They also advised me to have my child mentally evaluated. The councilor I was sent to found the school lacking in teaching. No input from teacher, no output from the child. Simple. Also, my child hates the two teachers now, always says they would punish him for no reason. Most importantly, my young child said they disrespected the children and made them feel bad for no reason. Shame on you teachers. I hear Karma is already making amends for your bad deeds.
Teachers recommend NOT doing any work with children at home, no alphabet review, phonics, or other academic activity because they believe it will interfere with the Montessori Method. Homework books are sent home sparingly so it is impossible to gauge what work is being done until an entire year has passed and the parent is left shocked that their child is unable to recognize the letter A. Children are academically classified into A, B and C categories at such a young age with the C's getting little or no attention and so are unprepared to get into 1st standard.
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