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best preschool curriculum for a highly sensitive child

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I have a highly sensitive 4yr DD who is starting preschool this coming fall. I'm in desperate need of advice!!! She gets overwhelmed in large groups of kids and loud noices, extrememly timid among other hsc issues. I've been searching all sorts of preschool curriculum in my area, trying to figure out which would be best for her. I've looked at Montessori, Reggio and High Reach learning approach and I am so overwhelmed on which to choose that would be a best fit for my hsc and not overwhelm her and make her dislike learning and school. She's a very imaginative child and very creative, she tried dance class once and loved it (there was a friend of hers in the class that's the way she would try it, but loved it! Actually helped her cope) Btw I'm planning on keeping her in private school thru at least 2nd grade.
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The best course of action is to observe a class, perhaps more than once, before you enrol her. You'll need to find out if the atmosphere in the class suits her needs. Even if a particular method seems like it would be a good fit, you won't know whether the implementation actually works for her. 

 

My dc attended Montessori. Their classrooms had a calm, gentle, focused energy despite having fairly large class sizes for pre-school. There was about 20 students and 2 teachers. The students were encouraged to regulate themselves. When the noise became too loud during the 2 hour work periods, a student would ring a bell to get everyone's attention and suggest that they work more quietly to prevent distracting each other. However, reading and hearing about other experiences in different Montessori schools, I know that other schools don't promote this kind of classroom environment. The only way to know whether a class will suit your child is to visit, observe closely and ask lots of questions. 

 

Good luck with your search. 

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