Thought I'd start a thread for parents whose children are starting Montessori this year. Look forward to some of your stories, anecdotes and observations. Nothing needs to be personal, just a bit of fun about the joys and adventure of sending a child to Montessori.
I'm Sandra - my 3 yo is Lindsey (single parent household, includes the little miss, a white cat named Armani and 3 illegal chickens, all named Emily ). Lindsey's father lives 2 miles away - we are very amicable although he didn't drink the Montessori kool-aid.
This is Lindsey's first year at primary at a very nice Montessori school - factoring in the cost of Montessori v. daycare and the benefits, I was sold. In fact, as I told the admissions director, I started "stalking" their school (i.e., reading the website) when Lindsey was about 6 weeks old.
I'm laughing at myself - For some reason I feel like I need to go out and clean the car (at least somewhat) as the school has a policy that we drop off the kids at the curb and the teacher's aid walks the kids to the door - they say it is less traumatic - assumption being that children leave their parents rather than the parents leave the children. My daughter has been to the school several times and we're supposed to put colored paper in the back window of our car so they know which teacher's aid comes to your car. Needless to say, Lindsey's side of the car is a disaster, even down to the stickers on the window and smudges on her window and there is probably something uneaten on the seat.
The school doesn't want primaries to have backpacks, but to use canvas bags - I found this deliciously horrendous orange striped Land's End bag at Sears (marked down to less than $10), rather than the cutesey school monogrammed bag. I suspect no one will mistakenly take her bag. I'm not even sure I need to write her name in this one. That's one fun thing about a 3 year old - they don't embarrass easily.
We went to the "meet the teacher" session last week and I had to carry her crying away from the room - she didn't want to leave. Which reminds me of the first visit last December (for early admission, she wasn't ready - she cried when leaving) and again in January or February for formal teacher evaluation (she cried when leaving).
I almost laugh when I think - teacher's aid gets her out of the car and she screams and runs to the building: "Yeahhhhhhhhhh, my Montessori" - later, after dismissal and they bring her to the car, will she scream - "nooooooooooooo, I want to stay!"
Are other new parents ready for the first day of school?