The year started with 3-9 year olds and as long as we continue, I'll keep inviting the 3 year olds while increasing the upper limit. I am happy to have the older elementary children now, their just are not any in my area that are currently interested.
It has been an interesting experience having this mixture of children:
- one with consistent Montessori experience
- several who have attended the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium varying amounts
- some with some Montessori at-home
- most with no Montessori at home
- children who can read relatively young
- children who can not yet read at older ages
- children for whom learning comes quickly
- children for whom learning is a chore (or at least they think it is)
- I can allow the children to just BE where they need to be in any given area, allowing them to receive presentations in a given area that is perfect for them - several children are not entirely primary and not entirely elementary - I can just present to the child.
- I can be presenting the Timeline of Life with the elementary children and introducing the Biological Classification with the young ones. Each age has their corresponding lessons.
- When I follow the albums, I have the greatest sense of ease from the children; when I try to veer away, they become restless and things don't "work". They provide the keys - and I provide the time for the children to explore beyond the keys.