Q11: Do you require your boys to do certain work?
A: Yes. But, this is more an element of elementary Montessori (read "work plan") rather than a primary one. That said, I started the requirement a little early. I didn't require Kal-El to any "particular" work until he reached his fifth birthday. Then, I required ONE THING each day. Everything else was their own choice. Approximately every six months I add ONE MORE requirement to their work plan.
Q12: What kind of work do you require?
A: Kal-El's requirements went something like this:
5 daily "reading" presentation
6 math 1
6.5 math 2
7 math 3
So just after his seventh birthday during his work time Kal-El is required to choose three math works, one word study, and practice his violin (this happens outside the work period). Nearly everything else is his own choice. Three math works might sound like a lot, but the math component of at his stage is still split into five-seven "threads" that we need to keep up with (Linear counting/bead chains, operations, memorization, fractions, geometry are the main five. We are adding story problems and equation formats/complex equations into the mix right now.). There are also other elements of his elementary "work plan." Right now this basically amounts to a loose verbal agreement that he will work on handwriting specifically once a week, spelling once a week, and geography once a week.
Me Too's requirements developed as follows:
5 math 1
5.5 math 2
As you can see, Me Too started a year earlier. This was really just because he started violin lessons at that time and playing an instrument is a physical skill that requires daily practice (like exercise). At age 4.5 he asked to have "reading time" every day just like his big brother. So, the first "Montessori" requirement I made was at age five just like his brother.