primary orientation – some jottings

Apparently, the primary meeting also went off fine (4th July, all hail USA) – like the elementary  orientation session.

Here’s the report filed by Anjana – actually a few matters-of-fact, meaning a version of what happened was given  (um, extracted, really) by Anjana but I have used my blogistic license, as the dictator-for-life of the blog; no one else seems to be interested, presently so you know how this works, yeah?

Looks like quite a few parents took part in this session and there were lively discussions, after the yearly ritual of formally introducing what Montessori and child-led education mean and some of the grammar and semantics of the method.

Now, typically, the primary parents would be newbies to the Montessori system unlike the elementary parents, who would have their own notions about how the system should be and all that. And hence, these primary and elementary differences make both meetings colourful in their own different ways.

In this primary meeting apparently there were two interesting viewpoints that emerged.

  • Some parents were of the opinion that with all the systems and methods of Ma’am Montessori – the ‘naughtiness’ of the children is sorely missed. In fact I have also heard similar views. And, this of course puzzles me no end! When requested to elaborate upon what their ideas of naughtiness constitute – usually this would devolve to: (am not saying this is what some of the parents meant, but this is what they are likely to have meant, objections to this point of view of mine welcome and when they come, they will be summarily overruled!)
    • Unruly behaviour
    • Put-on Cuteness & Cuddliness
    • Temper Tantrums
    • Junk food addiction
    • Ability to monopolise the TV RemoteControl
    • Mouthing ‘adult’ expressions
    • Plain obnoxiousness
    • Spoilt Brattishness
    • Ability to act like Aamir Khan
    • <insert your favourite nastiness, that some children are capable of, trained/encouraged by parents>

That some parents expect their children to exhibit their talents in these various ways, really beats me. Anyway, I think the adults from the school handled this question with empathetic aplomb and all that. (unlike the way I am treating it!)

  • Some parents were happy that their children have started behaving in a more orderly way (sensitive period for order)  at home and are becoming more respectful towards their physical environment and people. In fact, some parents seem to have said that they are actually learning a lot about orderliness from their children. Fine.

All in all, I hope parents, NammaShaale and most importantly, the children – benefitted by it.

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