Hello! I could use some feedback from other parents with their children in Montessori, or Montessori teachers (any on here?). My daughter just turned 5 and she is in a Montessori preschool; this is her third year there. She attended twice a week (full-days) for two years, and has been attending three full-days this year. She has always enjoyed attending, though the first 3-4 months involved a long transition because she was young and not napping at school. Her old teacher, who we very much loved, left this school year and she has a new teacher.
So, the time has come to make a permanent decision on whether she will continue at Montessori or attend the local school, a good STEM magnet school. My husband and I weighed the options and decided to continue Montessori, however, she might not be able to attend, as enrollment is on a lottery system after preschool, so I had to also enroll her in the STEM school just in case. I did tell her this, and- here is the rub- she said she would like to go to a new school. Now, she likes adventure and new things, so part of her reaction is just this. HOWEVER, she also said that she "wants all the kids to do the same works, and have teacher lessons" because she walks around all day at school and "doesn't find a work". She talked about not being able to do "challenging works" and just wandering the classroom every day.
She is a bright, curious, and independent child, but she loves traditional children activities they might do at school, like singing group songs, crafts, learning lessons from teachers. I am very worried she isn't being challenged or excited by the works and lessons in Montessori classroom. I am looking for any feedback or discussion that might help me process this! I have emailed her teacher and asked for a conference, too. Our main goals, as her parents are that she is engaged in her learning, happy and comfortable in her school environment, and that her natural curiosity, independence and extroversion are allowed to shine.