How much homework are Montessori students expected to complete?

Most Montessori schools do not assign homework to children below the elementary level, and this is true of the Montessori School of Westminster.  When homework is assigned to older children, it rarely involves page after page of “busy” work; instead, the children are given meaningful, interesting assignments that expand on the topics that they are pursuing in class.  Many assignments invite parents and children to do the work together. 

When possible, teachers will normally build in opportunities for children to choose among several alternative assignments.  Sometimes, teachers will prepare individually negotiated weekly assignments with each student.

Adapted from “The Montessori Way,” by Tim Seldin & Paul Epstein Ph.D., published by the Montessori Foundation, 2006.

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