Maren spent a long time at the kids' school today. Laney was pretty burned out when the day was over. Maren learned a lot, though. She watched Brant in his Montessori environment and was thoroughly impressed with the materials and the tone of the classroom. Keep in mind that the Cupit kids go to a public school, in Louisiana no less. During Maren's visit, Brant and a few other children were on the rug with the teacher using the movable alphabet box and some pink cards and some small objects. Brant's in a classroom with ages 3, 4, and 5-year-olds from varied socio-economic backgrounds. The kids are grouped for learning purposes according to ability rather than age, allowing each student to move at his own pace. While one group is learning with the teacher, the other kids are using other materials all around the classroom. Brant's favorite thing to work on are the puzzles. He's not thrilled about fine motor activities, but that may change as time goes on and his confidence increases.
After the visit today, Maren is convinced that Brant is where he needs to be. The drive into the city is worthwhile.
Maren also helped Laurel's class in the computer lab today with Laney in tow. That was a bit of a challenge. Despite Laney's periodic protests, the kids appreciated it and Maren learned a new cool website to add to our list of "allowables" for Laurel and Brant. internet4classrooms.com is worth a look around if your kids are computer savvy.