Monday, October 5, 2009

Kids Run Illinois Daycare

HARVARD, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – At a daycare in Harvard, Illinois, kids – not adults – run the show.

Nomi Peterson owns two Montessori daycares based on the alternative child-centered education method.

At her schools, there are no text books or adult-led lectures and kids learn on their own time, at their own pace.

Her three to six-year-olds have “informal class time” that includes a three-hour period where they do whatever they want.

They can freely explore class materials, ask questions, and decide when they want to eat their snack and how much of it.

Peterson believes this liberty teaches kids responsibility and the method works because every child is different.

She doesn’t give grades and figures that if kids are teaching their peers how to do something, they’ve learned the concept.

Kids also don’t have to take naps or ask for permission to go to the bathroom. The only rule is to respect everything and everyone.

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