Oh I completely agree, as I said, not all of them follow the teachings rule for rule. It just so happened that the only Montessori in my area was very rigid, and therefore they completely discouraged any pretend or imaginative play. My cousins daughter lives in a different part of the county, and goes to a Montessori, and she does pretend play regularly. I guess it just depends on the school :)
Will you not be celebrating Christmas at all, or just not indulging in the Father Christmas fantasy? So far, we're doing Santa, and she seems to believe it. But if she ever asks we'll tell the truth but continue celebrating the meaning of Christmas, etc. Its my favourite holiday, I can't give it up!
Also, apologies for this thread going waaaaay OT. This has been a very interesting conversation!
Oh no, we'll do the whole thing; Christmas, Hanukkah, angels and candles! I love Christmas... I just never believed in Father Christmas (we've always celebrated Christmas the Norwegian way, on Christmas Eve, and then Father Christmas comes with the presents, and it was always very clear my grandfather was the one hiding behind a horrible mask!), and he was never really a big deal. My mum mainly decorated with angels, stars and glitter, very few Father Christmas decorations.
(Sorry for steering off topic as well!)
Just adding to all the school talk: I think I live in the last state in the US where the cut-off for kindergarten is the end of the calendar year and kids are to be enrolled the year they turn five, so the youngest in the class are the fall/December babies who start kindergarten when they're still 4.
Though it will be very very far in the future, I'd lean towards September/October or March/April. My mum hated that my brother was born late October, though I think that winter was particularly bad, and my brother was reportedly an incredibly difficult baby. So bad to the point that it has been said that she only agreed to another child provided she wouldn't have to deal with a winter newborn, and thus, I was planned for April, and it was then that I was born! I do like having an April birthday, I've pretty much always never had to be at school for my birthday, though it has almost exclusively rained, but that's British weather for you.
That is interesting, in Ontario, kids start school the year they turn four. Children whose birthdays are in September to December start school when they are three, turning four. I was three when I started school and turned four a few weeks later (my Birthday is in September).
Originally Posted by lineska