My dd just turned 3, is an only child, surrounded by lots of doting adults, but no playmates her own age. No cousins, neighbors, etc.....Needless to say, she has had very limited opportunity to play with kids her own age. Unfortunately, she is also very, very shy. When she does have an opportunity to play with other kids, she just shys away, really doesn't know how to engage with them. She is a wonderful little girl, loves all traditional girly things like playing house, babies, fairies, dress up, etc.....She loves playing with adults, but I know she really needs to learn to play with her peers. I was all set to enroll her in Montessori preschool next Sept.....but, I'm wondering if it's the best thing for her. She would be mornings-only for two years, then, full-time Kindy and then on to Montessori primary school. My concern is that in the Montessori preschool/Kindy class, there seems to be very little free play and socializing. The kids get a recess outside, that's it.....Of course, they can "work" together and talk to each other....but, I feel like my little girl needs more opportunity to really learn to PLAY with other kids. I love the Montessori approach, but I'm wondering if Waldorf might actually be a better fit for her?? Her godmother is a former Montessori teacher and thinks she would do great there.....I'm sure my dd would learn a lot and become a very independent learner/worker....But, I wonder if she would develop better socially in a Waldorf environment??? I kind of feel that 3-6 is a critical period for learning how to play with others, and my daughter just has very little opportunity to do so at home, for a variety of reasons. I work, and I have no close friends or relatives with kids the same age. I take her to a lot of outings/playgrounds, etc....but, we never really click with anyone, I'm shy too, and she just won't interact with other kids at all in those settings. Anyway, I'm just starting to reconsider whether Waldorf might be a better match for us.....I know she would enjoy the emphasis on pretend, arts and fairies, etc.......Any thoughts? Thanks in advance! ETA: I am fortunate to have excellent Montessori and Waldorf schools close by....My dd could go to Montessori Preschool through 6th or Waldorf from Preschool through 8th....Or, we could transfer to something else at any point....But, I prefer to pick an approach and stay with it.
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11/27/06 at 4:30pm