You may want to find out more about their reading program. Our school closely follows montessori principles, except for their reading curriculum. They utilize 'words in color" ...so the kids are never really taught the "names" of the letters, which is really irrelevant to learning how to read. If their program is significantly different than what you were accustomed to, it may even be possible that what you are teaching your child at home could make her reading program delayed or even more confusing. Not that this is the case, but something to be wary of. We were taught (as parents) what to avoid doing with our kids (to avoid their confusion) and what to encourage doing (to aid their learning), simply because they taught so differently.
I think comparisons could be hard to decipher. Also, since montessori stressed writing over reading (if you can write it, you know it inside and out type of method), knowing how many other Kinders know how many sight words isnt really relevant to compare.
As for numbers, you may want to purchase some cuisinaire rods, as they are critical in exceling in the montessori math program.
Now, if you want to compare, here is where my daughter (who turns 5 this month) is at:
- Math: she can do the hundred board without issue. She can do the snake game. She can find 4,573 if given the number and told to go fetch this number of objects (eg 4 one thousand cubes, 5 hundred cubes, etc). Of course, she had to understand what a thousand was before she went to fetch it as well. By the end of the school year, she should be adding 4 digit numbers, dynamically. that being said, she's consistently been a year ahead of her "age" when it comes to math....so keep this with a grain of salt. Each child is different and since she was on par with some subjects but far ahead with others, this is why we chose montessori so she could continue to excel where she had the potential to do so.
- Reading: she has about 15 words down. These are not "sight" words, per se, since "words in color" doenst focus on sight words. She knows all of her short vowels. They seen some kids whiz through the reading program, while some just need a few more months to make those huge leaps of logic. I think she's right on par with her peer group.
- Writing: she clearly prefers upper case, but the school prefers teaching lower case. Lower case requires more hand control due to more curves and lighter touch than upper case. She knows all of her letters by name (she knew this when attending the VPK class last school year when she was 3/4). She currently writes letters that are consistently about 1/2-3/4", nothing smaller. I've noticed this shift a lot in the last semester. When she started this class, she was always writing her letters about 1" tall.
I must say that I'm glad that she is montessori for the reasons stated above. She is currently in the Pre-K class at montessori, and next fall (since she will be 5 this month and therefore eligible for kindy "status" in fall) she will be in the kinder class. Same classroom, same teacher, same lessons....but just allowing for that extra step to solidify her understanding of each.
So, I think you have to ask the teacher where progress is being made. I think you'd feel better knowing that. Maybe she is making a TON of progress in connecting a=b, and b=c, but because you havent witnessed her with a=c, you dont think she's excelled.