This is partly curiosity, partly to plan if financially necessary.
My DS will be 3 in December. 2 weeks ago, he started a 3-6 class in a Montessori school and absolutely loves it. He has been in daycare since January, and I see a huge difference in how much he loves school now. Before, he would cry at drop offs, now he pretty much kicks me out the door. This morning (Saturday) he asked to go to school. Before this was unheard of.
The plan was to let him do a 3 year cycle, and when he was 5 and a half, to have him start kindergarten at the public school. We live in an area where the schools have a great reputation, but I have never seen a child absolutely love school. Many parents in my area do just what we were planning. Montessori school, then kindergarten/first grade at public school.
My question is, what happens when kids do go to public school? Is it hard for them to adjust? What happens to the love of school? Are they challenged enough? Just these 2 weeks makes me want to keep him in this school for as long as possible-however if we do that, we have to start saving now, it will be expensive. What are people's experiences?
Karen, mother to a wonderful active three year old.