My daughter's 2.7 yr old and has been a a home-based montessori school for 3 months now. She's very advanced verbally & intellectually and probably average physically. She often acts like a much older child. She's never excited about the school or teacher and I feel the same way (yes, this probably says it all). My main concerns relate to what she's learning at school.
My dd has been working on language skills a long time (she read her first sentence by herself this week!), and is a sponge with anything I teach her, which is normal for this age. As far as I can tell (her teacher is extremely closed-mouthed) she does almost NO language, math, or geography at school. They have no themes. They do virtually no crafts (in 3 months she painted once and glued cotton balls on a blue piece of paper once). I'm happy that she's getting lots of sensory and practical life experience, but I'm really disappointed that she's not doing any of the other stuff. Maybe she's deemed too young for any of this advanced work? I can't imagine as she eats it up at home. I'm just frustrated as I feel I have to supplement SO much at home, and it seems a bit excessive. They look at one sandpaper letter a week during circle time (my daughter's known all her sounds for ages). She's at this school roughly 40 hours a week. I'm not pushing things on her at home, I make an effort to make things available to her and/or I present things to see if she's interested. She eats up anything I show her, really.
I wanted to know if other Montessori teachers would be limiting her exposure to mostly practical life and sensorial work like this as well, given her age. My daughter was there a full month before they finally showed her knobless cylinders and they've never mentioned showing her anything else like that since.
My daughter started 48-piece puzzles this week - how cool is that? She's a bright cookie and I just want to make sure my expectations aren't out of line before I try to talk to the teacher (again).
Why are we at this school? It's close, convenient, and is the only one in the area in my budget.