Do you? Because if you do, you could really help me out!
You see I'm considering in enrolling my nearly 3 year old daughter in the Montessori Program. Its a two or three year cycle program and could see her attending full time (9-3) by the time she reaches five years of age.
I've always liked the Montessori Method of teaching and you can read about the differences from other educational methods here.... Some of the aspects I like are that the Montessori classrooms
- provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work.
- The children's innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult.
- Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
- Also the children are grouped in mixed ages (so ages 2-5 years) are together allowing for the younger ones to learn from the older children.
My son has gone to a local Kindergarten and I've been thrilled with what it has offered him and his growth and development. But no two kids are the same. I had my son enrolled to go to Montessori, but pulled out at the last minute thinking it wasn't for him. But i'm feeling different about how my daughter would go, and they are two very different children. Also, the truth is, my daughter will miss out of a 3 year old Kinder spot in mainstream Kinders and I know that socially she will need "something" next year. I thought of all the options, like Occasional Care, Extra Curricular activities, etc, etc. Now that Montessori has joined that list of possibilities it is really making me wonder what to do. I don't know anyone that has a child that has gone through the Montessori Program so I thought I'd throw it out there to the wonderful bloggy community.
Do you have a Montessori Child? Are you happy with the program and what it offers your child?
Have you made different educational decisions for your children? Or do you keep it the same?