March 25, 2008,
M.S. asks from Shawnee, KS on January 31, 2008
Montessori Pre-School Will You Send Them to K There?
I am just curious on how many parents send their kids to a Montessori Pre-school and will continue sending them for Kindergarten instead of public school. Do you think the child will be better off at Kindergarten in a Montessori school vs. public school? I am just curious I have been thinking ahead about what to do once my child gets there. This is her 1st year at a montessori pre-school.
N.N. answers from Kansas City on March 25, 2008
I don't have advice only questions, we are considering the Montessori method for preschool and possibly beyond in the Blue Springs area. any opinions would be appreciated...
S.G. answers from Kansas City on January 31, 2008
I can't give you much advice on your request but was wondering how you like the pre-school so far. I have a 2 year old who is in a small in-home daycare and I think I want to get her into more of a strctured environment. Do you mind me asking where your kids go? And this may be a dumb question but when looking for a Montessori school in your area are they listed as such? I live up towards Liberty. Sorry I am no help to you but appreciate your opinion on the Montessori schooling.
Thanks and good luck,
M.W. answers from Kansas City on February 21, 2008
Hi, I don't have a great answer regarding whether or not to continue your daughter in Montessori towards kindergarten but I do know that it is preferred. When I asked they used a senior year of high school analagy to support the kindergarten year as well. I noticed that you live in Shawnee as I do and I was wondering what school you sent your daughter to and if you like it. I was just about to enroll my son in one near my house until I heard something negative about it from another parent. I am really disappointed I was really excited about sending him there but the report was concerning enough to change my mind. I am looking for a good program in the area and wondered if you had any suggestions?
R.M. answers from Kansas City on February 01, 2008
I'm struggling with the same issue, although my daughter is only 10 weeks old, so I have time to figure it out. I, personally, went to a Catholic school in Olathe from K-6, then transferred to public school for 7-12. They both have their pros and cons. The main difference I noticed in the transition was that I was more advanced in reading, english and math than the other kids who went to public school. There was also a big difference in ethnicity and "social classes". After transferring to public school, I became aware of how diverse our community was. The student/teacher ratio was much higher in public school, but it didn't have any effect on my learning. The catholic school gave me discipline and a head start and the public school gave me more of an understanding of society and interaction with people from all walks of life. Although I am no longer a practicing catholic, I still have my faith and my husband and I have regular religious discussions. I do accredit that to K-6 years. The school was pretty strict and firm in their schedules and rules regarding clothing and conduct. (In this day and age, that might not be a bad thing) At this point, I am leaning towards the same path for my daughter. I think it all depends on how important religion and regimen are in your household. But I don't think you will hurt your children by going strictly with one or the other. Hope that helped a bit.
C.H. answers from St. Louis on February 03, 2008
My 17 year old went through a Montessori program and I volunteered in the reading program. It's is great! My son only went one year of pre school and these kids read small books before Kindergarten. His birthday falls late and he's one of the yougest in his class. It really helped him to keep up with the others.
My 11 yr. old daughter homeschooled the first 1/2 of her kindergarted year then went to Cape elementary. She is in 5th grade and school is easy for her. It depends on each child.
S.M. answers from Tulsa on February 03, 2008
my daughter is in her first year at a montessori school. she is 4. i plan to send continue to send her there all the way through until she goes to high school. her montessori school goes to age 15.
generally speaking the montessori schools work on a 3 year cycle instead of a one year cycle like the traditional schools work. so typically the montessori school has a primary classroom of 3-6 year olds and the child works and learns everything they typically would in preschool and kindergarten in this primary classroom. then they move into the elementary class and work there from age 7-9 and so on...
personally, i went to a small private school, not montessori, just a small lutheran parochial school, from k-8th grade and then went to public high school. it was a good experience. my mom gave me the choice of going to the lutheran high school or the public high school. i transitioned well to the public high school. my sister chose the small lutheran high school and she did well there.