Confused betweed Montessori and other big schools

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aju123 2014-01-09 10:43:51

 

Dear Parents,

My kid is 22 months old. I was thinking of putting him in a good play school. We happened to know about montessori schools like Blue blocks and ABODE and really lked their approach, teaching methodolgy and focus on building right foundation of the child but at the same time we got the feedback that its difficlut for these children to get admission in big schools like DPS etc as they lag in readinga and writing skills as not much focus is given on, in these schools.

Also, some parents advised that its easier to get admission in nursery/LKGs then 1 standard.

we are really confused and not able to take any call. can anyone who have put their kids in Montessor school , share their expereince and suggestions. Your inputs will be really helpful.

Regards
Ajita






vhars 2014-01-09 12:13:26

 

hi ajitha,
from what i heard from my friends, if you want to change the school for a montessori going kid, then u have to wait till 4 class or so. Till then he has to be part of montessori.

one thing which i experienced personally was...when we looking for grade 1 admission for my son in bgl in a school whose pre-primary is montessori.They had told me clearly that they do not focus much on writing in pre-primary.
 

sudhirrd 2014-01-13 19:22:52

 

Hi Ajitha/vhras,

My 2 kids ( 8 yr & 3 Yr) go to Montessori. I wish you visit the school first and take a decision. When you visit, please take some time and clear all doubts and don't forget to talk to the children. You'll be surprised! for sure.

My children go to Shriram Montessori in Jubilee Hills.This school has Elementary( upto 12 Yrs) and later follows ICSE. So no issues on shifting or worrying on getting admission in other schools after Montessori.

If you want more info, please call them and ask for a school tour. Good Luck

Sudhir
 

Vinaya1 2014-01-15 11:33:06

 

Can anyone tell me how old is shriram Montessori school. How many 10th grade batches hv gone out till now?
 


sudhirrd 2014-01-15 17:28:53

 

Actually, Taraporewall's Montessori(more than 50 yr old) is being taken forward by Shriram Montessori at the Elementary Level, up to the ICSE level. You can find more info here http://shrirammontessori.com/about-srm/ As there was NO Elementary Level until 3 years ago, Shriram Montessori started Elementary Level and is being taken ahead with ICSE after. A visit to the School clears all doubts, I bet.
 

UPPALA 2014-01-18 20:39:39

 

Hi Ajitha

There is no doubt that Montessori education is best. The education will be mostly on activity based. There is less stress on writing. They purely focus on speaking and reading. My child studies in Global India International in madinaguda. I am very much satisfied with the way he has developed. 

 

aju123 2014-01-22 16:21:26

 

Thanks all for your inputs. Sorry could not reply earlier.

We also, liked Montessori concept and are keen on enrolling our kid in a montessori school. We are in Hyderabad. Is anybody aware of Blueblocks and ABODE in Gachibowli. both are montessori school. Can anybody share their expereince. We are confused betweed the two now!!
 

sowmyamurali 2014-01-23 10:12:13

 

Hi sudhirrd,

Can you please share fee details for shriram montessori.

 


sudhirrd 2014-01-24 00:43:09

 

Hi Sowmyamurali,

I am not sure if I can share the details here or on any public forums...I think it is good to check with them personally or contact them via this form http://shrirammontessori.com/contact-us/ and they might give you all details. I can say one thing for sure, it is comparatively very very less

Sudhir
 

kala1 2014-11-13 21:12:13

 

Hi All,

Firstly, I would like to thank so many wonderful parents out there who keep sharing their wonderful views and thoughts despite of their busy schedules.

I am a parent of a 27 month old and I am also in same ambiguous state as of Ajitha who started this thread.

Personally, after reading through it, I became a strong believer of Monti system, which builds strong basics for children in the right way(stress free) following the pace of child and allowing the kid to explore themselves.

But , heard a lot from many parents that Monti school going children may have some drawbacks, cant survive in this competitive world in future , will have trouble coping up in higher grades etc.

However, I have visited the Shriram Monti school during a working day. Although I haven't talked to children, school management have taken around all floors of the school and showed the way classes are organized.I have seen few higher classes students also on top floors . Appears like , they don’t follow any specific classroom approach even in higher classes.

They have informed that NAMC pattern is followed from Grade 1 to 6 and then From Grade 7 onwards,ICSE is followed. However, as I have not visited any other school in Hyd , my exposure to current trend of education/schooling is extremely less and hence not able to compare and draw any conclusions.

Can the experienced parents over here help me improve my understanding and ability to conclude.Some top questions on my mind are below.However, any sort of random/additional info also will help me a lot.

i) Can we any way compare this pattern followed by Shriram (for that matter, any other well-structured Monti school) with the much hyped "IB" curriculum being followed by many International schools now?

ii)Shriram follows ICSE from 07th grade onwards. Does this mean that by the time they reach 7th standard (12 years), they can cope and follow with the regular ICSE syllabus like any other school going kid ? (As it is assumed that Montessori kids have some drawbacks like delayed writing skills at the level of Grade 1 when compared to regular school kids.Does these issues get carried forward ?).

iii)I have seen Sudhir and other parents saying that if we interact with children at monti schools, we can find visible differences. Can you please  highlight some striking differences you observed ?

iv)In case, for any reason if kid is taken out of the Montessori school after primary,is it true that other so called ‘Big/International’ schools hesitate to take in kids coming from Montessori back ground?

Thanks in Advance…

 

gauravinibm 2014-11-27 02:11:48

 

hello all
can some one reply to kala1 , waiting for ur feedback
gaurav
+91-9910031662   - please connect with me for making a group discussion on montessori , i am looking for pp1 class admission in coming session 2015-16


 

sudhirrd 2014-11-30 00:08:22

 

Hello Kala,
I noticed no one from Shriram Montessori online to answer so I've mailed them the same question you asked above and I had a reply. Please see the reply below:

Dear Parents, 
i) Can we any way compare this pattern followed by Shriram (for that matter, any other well-structured Monti school) with the much hyped "IB" curriculum being followed by many International schools now?Although the curriculum followed by Shriram Montessori is not comparable to IB, it is along the same line of thought. HOWEVER, the problem with IB schools in Hyderabad is that they need TRAINED IB teachers. IB is a great system but you cant expect a CBSE untrained teacher with an Indian mentality and approach to teach IB pattern. Being a teacher myself I know that it is JUST NOT POSSIBLE!!!  So even though IB is a wonderful system what you really need to check is who is executing the curriculum at ground level......by the way having a foreign Head helps ....but not at ground zero!!

ii)Shriram follows ICSE from 07th grade onwards. Does this mean that by the time they reach 7th standard (12 years), they can cope and follow with the regular ICSE syllabus like any other school going kid ? (As it is assumed that Montessori kids have some drawbacks like delayed writing skills at the level of Grade 1 when compared to regular school kids.Does these issues get carried forward ?).Point 1--- As of NOW..... Grade 1 children DON'T HAVE DELAYED WRITING SKILLS and will not have delayed writing skillls at Shriram School (can't vouch for other Montessori schools)  Shriram Montessori has a very clear view of integrating NAMC into ICSE. The slight shift starts at grade 2 . Indian History and civics are introduced in Upper Elementary. The information and general knowledge that these children have by the time they are in Grade 7 is astounding. So by grade 8 they are not even aware that they will be doing ICSE OR NAMC.....the shift is natural and stress free.
 
iii)I have seen Sudhir and other parents saying that if we interact with children at monti schools, we can find visible differences. Can you please  highlight some striking differences you observed ?

The list of differences is sooooooo long that I can't write it down. Please revisit Shriram Montessori to get a taste of it. for example this months theme was land and water ......the children have been introduced to land and water forms.....promontory, isthmus, peninsula etc from Primary level, they know continents, oceans...names, visuals, cities, stories etc ..Elementary started learning history by learning about archaeology and carried out  archaeological digs!!!  Then, they  finished CELTIC culture as a part of ancient civilizations....they did Celtic History, their food, dress, religion, wars ....made artifacts, made a CELTIC SOUP in the cooking class and much more. Currently they are doing Chinese civilization and have also finished Mesopotamian civilization. 
iv)In case, for any reason if kid is taken out of the Montessori school after primary,is it true that other so called ËœBig/International schools hesitate to take in kids coming from Montessori back ground? I don't think IB schools hesitate to take children from Montessori schools. In fact the curriculum blends into each other beautifully. they might hesitate at lower levels because Montessori starts math at 4 years and english phonics at 3 1/2 years. Hence, the reading and math starts a little later. (according to other schools). But actually this is the correct age for children as they  are cognitively ready at this time . However, as they start math at the correct age their pace is much faster and by the time they finish the Montessori program, they can do all operations in thousands! fractions, measurements and use of money. the point to note is that all concepts in math become strong and have a good foundation.

Thank You! I hope I answered all your questions
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You can also contact them if you have any further questions / clarifications via this contact from : http://shrirammontessori.com/contact-us/ or email : shrirammontessori@gmail.com

Hello gaurav, You can contact Shriram Montessori at Phone Number: +91 40 2355 1102 Or +91 99637 88887(source: http://shrirammontessori.com/)

Thank You.


 


8885 2014-12-01 15:04:49

 

Hello all parents,
First of all a BIG thank you to aju123 for starting this thread...

I too am a parent of 2 yr old...n am in same confusion...Montessori vs traditional education...have visited some traditional like euro kids, oi playschool, treehouse, as well Montessori schools in secunderabad area nr my residence, like kotwals Montessori, Aurobindo house of Montessori children, Bhavishya, living bridge Montessori school at bandlaguda, heard abt blueblocks not visited though (planning for a visit this sat)

One gud thing that I liked abt these Montessori schools is that they never bug u up for admissions unlike traditional schools who offer so many luring ways for admitting child to their school, sometimes I feel like they r jst another business minded people who want to show higher seat intake every yr without imparting quality education to a child


When compared with traditional school, the child is exposed to many more instruments/apparatus/play-cum-study materials in montessori, so definitely the available pool of knowledge is big for a child...BUT how a child is introduced to this pool of knowledge is also IMPORTANT.....

What i feel is Montessori educational system is Gud when taught to a child by CORRECT teacher..... A teacher who himself is nt strong follower of montessori concepts, how can he impart the best to the child???

Also dies anybody know how a child is assessed in Montessori system......

Me too planning for a Montessori pre- primary session for my son, BT still in doubts....

Parents whose kids r in Montessori system pls pls pls give ur valuable feedback....it will help us in making our child's future.....




 

blacktulip 2016-01-23 12:23:53

 

sudhir - I have been reading on your comments on Shriram. Are your kids still with them? If so how do you find it? Do you feel confident that tomorrow if you have to put them anywhere else they can cope?
 

11Bhar 2016-03-11 20:58:56

 

Hi Sudhir,

Thanks for the very good information about Montessori methods and clarifications.

Thanks and Regards,

Bharath A.


 

atat 2018-11-29 12:57:42

 

My Kid is in Montessori school (Little Scholars, Miyapur). It has best teaching method. Kids pick up reading and writing so quickly that you surprise by seeing your kid's improvement day by day. They have correct way of teaching phonics so that child will read the words perfectly.. Only important things is parents dont have to interfere in kid's learning. Actually kids don't learn they work there as said by kids. Unlike traditional schools, Montessori don't have exams, they asses the student regularly.. give proper feedback to parents. It is not marks.. it is assessment of each activity (read, write, speak, maths, geography, behaviour etc). Parents need to be patient in their kids learning because they give ample time for a montessori kid to get through a particular the concept, once thorough with one concept the kid start grasping the following concepts very quickly that you cant imagine.
 

vigneshwari 2019-01-17 23:38:08

 

@11Bhar - from your post i see you are from Alkapoor township, did you joined your Kid at Srirami Montessori school and how is it? we are also from same place and looking out for Montessori and Sriram is better option for us interms of distance. 
 

Abid1312 2019-01-18 12:58:53

 

You may check Tarapore Montessori, mla colony. They also have transport to few routes
 

vigneshwari 2019-01-18 18:41:36

 

Taraporewalla Montessori doesn't have any seat itseems... 

Do you know how Sriram Montessori is? and i see Sriram montessori fee is high when compared to other montessori and not sure why....
 

 

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