I am trying to decide whether or not to continue with Montessori next year. DS started a few months shy of 3 years old this past fall. The program is 5 days a week for 3 days. He likes his teacher, likes the other kids, but always resists going there (in the car, or before we leave in the morning - once we are in the building he always practically runs in). Since I think 5 days is really too much for a little guy, I usually let him skip one or two days a week. He always seems very happy when he gets out of school, but I am never sure if that is because he had a good day, or because he is glad to be done and back with Mama. When I ask him why he does not like school, he usually says that he just doens't like being away from me (although he spends two days a week with my sister and husband), or something like "they make me do so much work! 5 things every day!", or that they made him do the brown stairs again. I always ask if he told them he does not want to do them, and he always says no. I get the sense he is somewhat awed by his teachers still, althougth they are both very kind and warm ladies, and does not want to butt heads with them, but then is not happy when he goes along with whatever they suggested. I have told him over and over that the philosophy of his school is that he can choose to do what he enjoys, and he always seems pleased, but nothing changes. Sometimes I think it might just be that he is looking for some explanation that he thinks will satisfy me.
So I am confused and do not know what to think. The teachers report that he is quite happy in class and progressign well, and liked by all the students. But it really kills me when he wakes up first thing and asks if it is a school day, and then declares he does not want to go. I feel there is something behind his reluctance that I have not figured out yet.
And it is SO expensive!
Any advice out there?