My 3 year old just recently started Montessori (just turned 3 last week). She's always been quirky - a little anxious, slightly obsessive but still distractible if need be, strong appreciation for order. At the same time she's very verbal, extremely articulate about her emotions, seems to catch on quickly and all around advanced for her age.
We had a really rough start because she tends to be painfully shy and even scared of new people and new situations. She did great when she met the teacher and went back to the classroom with her while I waited in the waiting room. But when school actually started, each morning at drop-off has been difficult. She glues herself to me, covers her eyes, refuses to speak and so on. Sometimes she cries. Some days are better than others but it still makes me so sad that it goes this way each day and I'm left wondering how she's doing every minute that she's gone.
But here's my concern: EVERY day she does the same work. I know that sometimes Montessori kids do tend to do that because they're working through some developmental milestone and they'll move on when ready, yada yada. But the work she chooses is coloring. She just colors scribbles on a sheet of paper and sometimes she'll do a very sloppy rubbing of a butterfly. Every. single. day. She is so smart and skilled and I'm sure she'd enjoy so many of the works offered but she will not branch out. It's starting to bother me and make me think that I should be concerned about her anxiety...or her obsessing? I'm not sure. Bottom line I just feel very disappointed that she doesn't trot into her class each morning feeling confident and that she isn't learning and experiencing all sorts of new things and developing new skills. Instead she seems terrified, sticks with one safe work and also is too scared to use their toilet (auto flush scares the crap out of her) so she holds her pee in the whole time. This is not how I envisioned preschool. And it seems strange to be forking out all this money for something that makes her so anxious and to think that she's not getting much experience with activities other than coloring. At the same time, she has made friends, she LOVES the playground, she seems to like her teachers, she talks about school a lot and wants to go each morning. She complains when she has to come home and says she just wants to stay all day like some of her other friends do.
Would you be concerned? Is there any appropriate way to encourage her to do different work or should I really just wait it out?
Edited by Dot-to-Dot - 10/17/12 at 11:27am