Yesterday we ended up missing the library… it closes at 4 p.m. on a Saturday – huh? I really do live in a small town. I haven't had any new information to help me make any additional decisions. Perhaps I'll be able to go Monday.
I have come to an important conclusion about me. As an adult certain styles of learning appeal to me. This does not mean they're best for Georgie. Case in point, I love the Montessori principles. I attended a public school that used the materials and applied the principles of Maria Montessori. It was only after the school closed, due to low enrollment, that parents realized how fantastic our education had been there. A very sad memory for me. I hold a certain fondness for the materials I worked with during that time.
I believe I was using that personal experience and fond memory to sway me a bit. But while I was at a playgroup this past Friday, a very good friend pointed out to me the reasons she didn't like Montessori. And Bingo - I realized they're all the reasons I shouldn't be using the Montessori principles for Georgie. Some of the teaching materials will work and I'll introduce some of them to him but overall it's just not the right fit for him —
the style is too strict too structured. The more I look at different teaching styles the more I believe we'll definitely be using an ecelectic approach and quite possibly move into unschooling.