Now. Is it a real Montessori place? No. But few know that the name "Montessori" is not trademarked. So anyone can open up anything Montessori: Want a Montessori bakery? OK. Montessori car sales place? Why not?!?!
Montessori gun and tank store? SURE! Nobody is there to stop you!
How awesome is that!?
But it did make me wonder: what would happen in a Montessori dog training school? Well...here are my top 10 activities:
10) Learning how to tie a knot in your own toy rope.
9) Learning that the chain you are attached to is golden and made up of 1000 beads.
8) Playing "fetch" with the red rods.
7) The sandpaper letters. There are only 3: w, oo, and f. To help with puns, they are really made out of the "bark" of the tree.
6) A quiet corner of the room with a tree, statue, and fire hydrant. Your dog can relieve himself here. It is known as the "pees corner."
5) Food prep table, complete with a treat. But you must sit and beg the teacher to use it.
4) The sound boxes, which were replaced with different pitches of dog whistles. The teacher cannot be the control of error on that one.
3) The maps. It is especially fun if the teacher asks, "Where's Africa? Where is it? Go get it, girl!"
2) Grace and courtesy lessons: not yelling at everyone that comes to your door, chewing with your mouth closed, and not blaming your farts on the humans.
1) Red rod maze. They build it, circle inside it a few times, poop facing in a north/south direction, then kick the red rods away before they stomp off.
One final one for the Elementary Teachers: Cosmic Education---finally realizing we are all one big part of something bigger. Therefore, we finally know that we are all a good boy. Oh yes, we are!