Originally Posted by WantRice
I'm a bit biased because I am a Montessori teacher, but I work in a school that also has French Immersion. I would caution against the French Immersion unless you know without a doubt that your child does not have any learning disabilities. If you feel that academics will be one of your child's strengths, then go for it. Coming from the French teachers I work with, there are too many children in the program who struggle academically (and would probably do so no matter what program they are in). Adding a new language on top of their struggles only makes things more difficult for them. These children usually end up being weak in English and French. Perhaps they would find a little more success if they were able to focus on a single language.
Late French Immersion is an excellent option for self-motivated children, and Montessori tends nurture just that! It is very common for a significant number of Montessori students from my school to go to Late French Immersion and I am not aware of any who have had an unusually difficult time transitioning from Montessori to the regular program after elementary. They do just fine.
I appreciate your input! I think she's very smart and does not have any learning disabilities. She knows how to count to about 100, recognizes her number and letters, can do addition using her fingers, can write her name and some other words. She knew colours and letters, etc. at a very young age.
I do agree that many of the kids who are put into FI don't belong there. I've certainly had that fear, although I'm certain she's bright enough. I also think she'd do great in a Montessori program ((sigh)). It's the 2nd language that gets me. 2 great schools, and 2 great programs...But at the end of one of them is knowing another language fluently. That's such a gift.