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Carter is in Montessori school

they wash & dry their plates.

they wash & dry their plates.

The first year in Montessori, Carter polished the ducks for weeks before he worked up to polishing silver.  His ultimate goal was to polish shoes and when he finally reached it, it was very satisfying, as you can imagine.  Montessori is so sweet.  They are so gentle.  I am very glad that he is at a school that is “better” than me.  Meaning they only eat whole grains and veggies, never processed food or sweets.  I have always wanted to be more anal retentive.  I am a slob by nature, but really abuse myself for being so.  I only clean up when it reaches crisis, not every day, like Craig does.  Montessori is super anal, which is the opposite of what most people think.  Since they allow for “choice”, people assume it is a free for all.  OH man – BIG misconception.  It’s actually very rigid.  You can “choose” between which non-toy activity you like, for example, the red rods or the pink tower.  When you pull out the rods, you’ve got to use them appropriately and put them back in the correct order or run the risk of being booted back to duck polishing.  It’s hard core, but gentle.  They gently guide him to self reliance and relentlessly enforce hand washing post nose picking practices.  They are all about peace, love and understanding.  That is what I love about Montessori. Read more…