Any moms have any experiences with a Montesorri preschool/daycare?

Jenna - posted on 07/18/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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We are going to be putting our 4 year daughter back into preschool again soon hopefully and would like to hear feedback on any experiences you have had with a Montesorri school.

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Kate CP - posted on 07/18/2009

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I was a Montessori kid and my daughter is one, too. We *love* it. Montessori is NOT "unstructured"! The kids are shown the class room and what is called their work. All the things they do in the class is work from reading to working with the pink tower to the bead chains. The kids are given lessons on one work and encouraged to work on JUST THAT until they have mastered it. They have mastered the work when they can give a lesson to another child on it. Yes, even young children can and do do this. A Montessori class room should be very quiet and you should have to really look to find the teacher. The teacher is more of a guide and doesn't interfere with the children unless they ask for help or they need correction. Time outs and the loss of privileges is the methods used in Montessori classrooms. They are BIG on observation. Ask to observe the class your daughter will be in. Ask the teacher to give you a lesson on any of the works in the classroom. Children will NOT be sent home homework especially at such a young age. Older children (closer to 10) will get homework occasionally but not as frequently as public schools. Montessori encourages children to respect each other, their elders, and their environment. Starting young is a very good idea.
Here are a few links you can look into to get a better idea of what the Montessori method is all about:
http://www.montessori.edu
http://www.montessori.edu/method.html

Good luck and I *highly* recommend this method of learning. It lets kids go at their own pace, whether that be fast or slow. It lets kids guide each other and learn to be leaders in their peer groups. It's a great experience. :)

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Leeann - posted on 07/27/2009

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Travis actually worked in one for several months before he got his permanent teaching job. They really focus on children being in a proximal learning environment, where they explore & learn largely on their own with minor direction from care workers. The Montessori concept is excellent, but you really do want to check out how it's run. We have 2 in town here; one is owned by a person, the other by a group of parents. Unfortunately, there's been a lot of trouble with the one owned by the group as the teacher(s) aren't given a lot of freedom to direct instruction. Check it out, and definitely observe for a day.

Tashia - posted on 07/19/2009

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i don't know about the preschool but my daughter just graduated kindergarten from there and i really liked the school. Even though she know a lot of stuff before she went she learned a whole lot more while she was there and i think the teachers did a very good job teaching her

Lydia - posted on 07/18/2009

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I was considering Montesorri for my daughter but I have teacher friends who wouldnt teach there and it apparently has a reputation for its students struggling to integrate into mainstream highschools (as they do not provide for that level). I have chosen to go with the Steiner-Waldorf school instead (they have one of the best educational reputations in Australia)

Heather - posted on 07/18/2009

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My husband and his brothers all went. they were all well ahead academically when they began grade school, and learned great life skills. I have looked into it, and it is not for me. It requires a lot of involvement and cohesiveness at home and I just don't run my home the way they run the school. I think if you are at a place where you can do it, absolutely.

Nancy - posted on 07/18/2009

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I had ever been a summer teacher for a Preschool for children. They have structured programmed for a summer vacation (we have it during June-July holidays school. It depends on school care facility as well.) One of the programme is splash...splash. The children has been taught not to wet other children but rather help themselves with training suit. If you would want to go to Montesorri school, you have to keep yourself alert and observe other school until you find the one suits you.

Franca - posted on 07/18/2009

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My son just turned 4 in June. He went 3 mornings a week for 6 months. He has learned more than I could of possible taught him at home. He now is reading at a grade 1 level. It was extremely structured and a very calm relaxed atmospher. He loved going and he learned a great deal. I would highly recommend it. I would find out what they do there.... I can't speak highly enough about it... Honestly, he also learned adding and subtracting. He could write... The list goes on... I suppose each school is different... Our experience is a good one.

Frances - posted on 07/18/2009

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My daughter went to one for two years. She learned alot but it is not structured. She is a child that craves structure. She did much better in a private school. If your child is an independent learner she will do great.

Ronique - posted on 07/18/2009

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I was told recently that it wasn't a structured enviroment. The kids just kind of do and play with what they eant.

Windi - posted on 07/18/2009

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My oldest son Ethan went when he was 4. He seemed to like it ok, but I did not care for it at all. When he started Kindergarten the next year we had to move at semester and they put him back in Pre-K and said that he wasn't advanced enough to be in Kindergarten, It was very frustrating for both of us!

Jamie - posted on 07/18/2009

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For what it is worth, I have not personally ever used one but have always heard many good things by friends. Of course it depends on the area you live & as with any child care facility, you want to ask questions, check references, observe, etc!

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