Montessorians are so bound to the work, the observations, the extrapolations of Dr. Montessori. It is difficult for the Montessori community to alter her lessons – even if contradicted by the preponderance of geological data.
We’ve been struggling with BW’s lack of precision when working. His mental faculties are sharp. His ability to preform the simplest Stamp Game work however is hurt. This afternoon we tried a modification to Dr. Montessori’s lesson. I cringe to say for the moment it has worked. BW never became focused on pattern in Casa and his Elementary internalization of pattern can not take place until his mind can focus more fully. We’ve created a crutch.
Ms. JW created this pattern for BW to follow. Nine stamp sized squares for each addend and one extra square in the tens and hundreds for carrying. It has helped with organizing.
Are crutches ok?
How does one follow the child when their world is made up of distractions both internally and externally?
Any thoughts anybody?