Is your toddler in a Montessori or regular preschool?

Katherine - posted on 06/18/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Mine is going to a regular preschool. I had thought about Montessori but it's so expensive! If so has your child done well in a Montessori? Have you tried both?

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Merry - posted on 06/23/2012

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Mine is being unschooled :) but Montessori looks interesting.....def a money barrier tho, and even if I had the money I wouldn't choose Montessori. I really think they will learn more being with me.

Annie - posted on 06/22/2012

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Do the research.......I love it it is very organized and so fun for the little ones. Not a chaotic room full of kids fighting over toys in a bottomless toy box.

Sharlene - posted on 06/21/2012

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I dont know what you mean by montessori, but my two older children went to a regular preschool

Karenda - posted on 06/20/2012

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Both my daughters go to Montessori preschool and absolutely love it. They seem to thrive on having a defined structure, but lots of latitude to choose what they want to do within that structure. On any day they can choose from several areas of the classroom. For a while one of my daughters only wanted to do number activities, she had the freedom to move through all the number activities when she wanted and at her own pace. Lately she has been into the art area and reading areas. I also really like the way my daughters' Montessori preschool respects the individual child and encourages independence. It is expensive, but it has been worth it for us. Every child is different, you just need to find the best fit for your little one.

below is a link to a quick description of Montessori learning
http://www.amshq.org/Montessori/Educatio...

Amanda - posted on 06/20/2012

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I looked into the Montessori schools when I was choosing my son's preschool. Because I didn't know much about them I asked the administrator & head teacher to explain the concept of Montessori. THREE hours later I finally left......this was supposed to be a tour. In the end I felt the Montessori school was too restrictive, in fact, OCD came to mind when the teacher was explaining lessons. But it was important to me that the preschool I chose, while still providing learning opportunities, allowed my preschooler to be a preschooler. I didn't get that feeling from the Montessori school that I visited. That's not to say it wouldn't be a good fit for some children and families but my son went to a regular preschool and is entering Kindergarten well ahead of the entry level requirements. If you're still curious, visit one and ask for the background. It was interesting.....just not a good fit for us.

Vicki - posted on 06/19/2012

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My toddler isn't preschool age yet but we go to a Steiner playgroup and love it. He'll be going to the Steiner kindy next year. Still not sure if we'll stick with Steiner all through primary school due to finances and slightly longer distance. It's our only option for next year, or nothing, as he misses the mainstream cutoff birthdate by 3 days! His cousin who is older by 3 months will be going to kindy so we didn't want him to feel left out.

Carleta - posted on 06/18/2012

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My son is in a regular preschool, however I have close friends who have chosen Montessori schools. I also struggled with this but have noticed that my son is on the same level if not higher than some of his Montessori counterparts. I attribute that to the school and my PT home school tactics.

I think as long as you find a traditional preschool with teachers that re certified or well versed in early childhood education and many of the lessons are reinforced at home, your child will be fine.

BTW, next yr we are testing for a gifted program.

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