My two yr old is enrolled to start Montessori in August. (She's an average 2 year old and is probably a little advanced in language and math. Very independent. Shy but warms up and loves to make new friends.) She'll be just shy of 3 yrs old when school starts. I feel hesitant to send her because the 5 day a week schedule seems like a huge adjustment for such a little girl. She's just been at home with me her whole life and we've only done library classes and Kindermusik. I've never left her anywhere. We have a very casual schedule and never have to rush off to be anywhere but we'll suddenly be finding ourself rushing through breakfastm, hair, brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc to get out of the door by 8:15 and I worry it's going to be stressful for her day in and day out...or maybe kids this age just get used to it? Should I wait and start her a couple months later when she's actually 3 or will it be a little awkward to be the new kid who doesn't get the structure and sees everyone else being friends but doesn't know anybody? As a former teacher, I've seen kids struggle with that and I always feel badly for them even though they eventually get over it. I just don't want MY daughter to have to go through it, ya know? At least not at 2! Maybe this is all silly and really my hesitation is just that I'm gonna miss her terribly.
I would definitely wait maybe even until next year except that our local Montessori is REALLY good and we plan to move soon to a bigger city and she probably won't ever have the opportunity to go to Montessori school after this year. The price where we're moving is triple what we're going to be paying here and we're already making big sacrifices to afford this cheaper school.
What are your experiences or thoughts with older 2's or very young 3's starting Montessori 5 days a week?