My son just turned 4 and has been in a Montessori preschool since April. I am a former Montessori elementary teacher so I thoroughly believe in the Montessori Method. I also feel very good about the school my DS is in. They are kind, patient and very professional. It is a small school with a very loving environment. That being said, my son is having a difficult time with some aspects of the school. He absolutely hates doing any kind of writing and seat work. He whines, argues and complains of "headaches" when it is time to do these activities. His teachers are unbelievably patient with him and will sit with him for a good 30 minutes after school is over in order to get him to finish. They speak so encouragingly and kindly to him in order to get him to complete his assignment and his reading and writing skills have improved ten-fold, but he still really dislikes to do it. I have spoken with both his teachers and the director and they all strongly believe this will change with time and maturity. I waiver between my faith in the method and my worry that my son is not enjoying his early school years and will start to resent education. He loves every other aspect of the school, his teachers and his classmates. We live in Japan, and there aren't really any other Montessori schools in our area.
I am torn between sticking with the school we are in and looking for something more play-based that my son would enjoy more.