Montessori Schools vs. Traditional Preschool

User - posted on 11/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I need some help Mom's. I have a three year old that is currently in a traditional preschool and doing great. However, we are thinking of switching to a Montessori school in our area. (Orange County Ca). Any thoughts? Pro's, Con's? If anyone knows of a great preschool or Montessori school in my area please let me know.

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Beth - posted on 06/19/2012

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Marcy - My brother went to Anneleises waaaay back in the 70s. Great to hear it is still around! He loved it then. (I went to a different Montessori school in another city).

Sandy - posted on 11/12/2010

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I don't know about your area (I'm from IN), but Montessori is a particular way of teaching, so you should do research and find if it is appropriate for you child. We have Montessori schools in our district, but they aren't for everyone. Someone mention not keeping up, I'm not an expert, but Montessori really is the students learning at their own pace and self directed learning. I know at the Montessori schools in the district I work in, the teachers actually have multiple levels of students and the teacher generally is with the same group for I believe it is three years, maybe Pre-k through 1 and then 2-4. Our Montessori program goes all the way to 8th grade. You also have to keep in mind that then those students sometime have a difficult time transitioning into traditional schools, although we don't have that problem too much (I work in a high school and have students feed from the Montessori School) it does occur.

Randi-Leigh - posted on 11/10/2010

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My daughter just turned 2 and has been in Montessori from the time I returned back to work. It is purely preference but I did alot of research in Canada anyways and found that with the way my daughter learns Montessori was the way to go with her. She gets bored easily and with the daycares here I have noticed that it is mostly just play time, story time etc. whereas her school they do actually start teaching them things from the moment they start attending. But again it is purely preference and whether you can afford it financially as it is more expensive then regular daycare.

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I don't know of any in your area but I know people who have sent their toddlers to Montessori here in Canada. I think that, if you have the money and are putting it into preschool anyways, then why not go for Montessori. It might not suit your kid, since some can't keep up, but it doesn't hurt to try and give them a head start

Lindsay - posted on 11/05/2010

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I would have LOVED to put mine in Montessori. We had the money to do it and then my husband lost his job. If it helps any, they teach a different type of way. At ours (louisiana) they teach Christianity and take a different approach to teaching/learning. Just wanted to share. The Jordan is calling my name!

Marcy - posted on 11/05/2010

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Andrea not sure where you are in OC but if you are anywhere near Laguna Beach check out Anneleises Schools. my son has been going there since nursery and loves it. Its very nature/artsy driven...there are farm animals, gardens and lots going on. if you freak about dirt then I wouldn't go here...they actually promote playing in the mud and getting dirty....you can see it online.

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