Do you have thoughts on Montessori compared to daycare programs?
Parents put a lot of consideration into deciding what time of preschool or daycare program is right for their toddler. Please share any thoughts you have on Montessori programs compared to other programs.
My vote is for Montessori. I had my oldest son in Montessori from 2 1/2 to 5+ and we had my youngest in for a year and a half until we had to switch to a 'traditional' although Christian preschool due to finances and job changes. In comparing the two, I feel Montessori was a better prep for life and academics. Grant it, the are two different kids, but my oldest is definitely more focused when it comes to school. I love the way Montessori balances arts and academics. The bases for math are established early on and stay with them. I also appreciate their approach to reading. They introduce the letter sounds first, not necessarily the letter name. With math, they use many different manipulatives/tools to allow the children to 'SEE' how much 100 actually is and represents. Overall, the Montessori environment is all encompassing and a great mix for kids. Remember, they truly are sponges and the 'preschool' years are the most formative and important for their academic future. Best of luck in your decisions!
My girls both started at a Montessori school when they were 3, almost 4. They are both still attending that school (my oldest is 10 and the youngest 7). I am a big fan of Montessori done well. In addition to solid academics, my girls are receiving lessons on and reinforcement of social skills. They have already given several presentations, have resolved disputes with classmates using peace treaties, have amazing self confidence, know how to question adults respectfully, I highly recommend Montessori for kids.
I've worked in both settings and then I had kids and looked at both settings for my kids from a mom's perspective. I'm a mom of 4. Hands down Montessori program is the way to go once they are 3 and up. The age when they start to benefit the most is at age 3 although many Montessori's have a 2 year old program which can be excellent if done properly. My advice is if you are looking at Montessori is to look at a few of them to compare them because some claim to be Montessori but they are not true Montessori. Look up the site here http://www.amshq.org/
I work at a Montessori school, and I definitely wholeheartedly believe that the Montessori atmosphere is a peaceful, caring, and beautiful learning environment for children. My own son does not go to the school, only because I can't afford to send him there. But the children I work with are excited to be there and are fully engaged in learning. I work as an aftercare teacher and by the time I see my little friends they should be exhausted and ready to go home. But the truth is they don't want to go home! :) Though I know it may not be for everyone, children have different learning styles, and some Montessori schools do not the services that some children need. I still believe that it is an incredible learning environment, and I am happy to be part of it.
Montessori schools aren't regulated, so the curriculum from one to the other is different. They don't all follow Maria Montessori's philosophy on teaching. So in the end it comes down to just comparing individual preschools.
However if you find a Montessori that properly follows her teaching philosophy it can be really beneficial for the child, if you can afford it. The programs are often very expensive.
Am eager to knw abt this topic my toddler hasn't started school yet coz I work from home but I would love to as much information on this as possible because. She will start by september and I want to give her the best!
I, personally, love the Montessori program and am anxiously awaiting to hear if my daughters will have spots in our local school for this fall. It takes children and gets them prepared for education, it makes education fun and not a burden, and in my own age group, I know that the majority of my friends who went through Montessori found school and college/university allot easier as a result of it.