DD finished the "phase in" period yesterday! She just started in the Children's House. They start having 1 hour 15 minute days until the teachers feel that each child is comfortable in the classroom, and then they're invited to stay the whole 3 hours. She went Thursday and Friday, and on Friday the teacher told me she can stay the whole day on Monday.
She seems to really enjoy it. She went to a Montessori toddler program last year (at a different school) so she is already versed in a few of the works and in the terminology. She was quite disdainful of the little girl who wouldn't sit on the mat for attendance/circle time on the first day! LOL, she's always been a stickler for rules and protocol. She lectures me constantly about things that I'm doing wrong.
I'm not sure how much work they've done. On the first day she said she did puzzles and prepared the snack, and on Friday she said she didn't do any work (but who knows... she is barely 3 and not always reliable about recent history). I think so far it's just been getting the kids used to the environment and the staff, and making sure they know where the bathrooms are, and getting into the rhythm of the day and the basic classroom rules. I'm almost positive DD is the only one with any classroom experience. It's also been a small class: on Thursday, 4 of the new three year olds started (including DD) and on Friday the other 4 started. Next week the older kids are phased in. I'm not sure how that works, but I think it won't be the full 28 kids who are in the class until Wednesday.
I have been very impressed with how they did the phase in period: I think it shows a lot of consideration for the needs of the young kids. And I think that DD lucked out and got the best teacher in the place and the best classroom. (And I've only heard good things about all of the teachers, so I'm definitely not knocking them... I've just heard that this woman is phenomenal.) I love the classroom. It's huge with cathedral ceilings and lots of windows and quilts hanging on the walls. I also met the Spanish teacher, and it turns out they have Spanish 3 times a week... I had no idea. Which makes me feel real on top of things about my daughter's education, but I swear no one mentioned this to me before. So I'm thrilled with the school, too. I hope that everything works out!
Trying to live a simple life in a messy house in a complicated world with : DH, DD (b. 07/07), DS (b. 02/09), and DD (b. 10/10)