Can anyone reassure me? Please!
I am just feeling I really need a few hours to myself each day. So I am looking at putting my 3.5 year old and 22 month old in the half day which is 2.5 hours Monday to Friday.
I am just feeling torn and feeling slightly like I am being selfish...
The kids there seem to have lots of fun though... we have watched classes twice.
Maybe you should just post in the toddlers forum because this issue really isn't about montessori. the mamas there have lots of advice and can relate to needing time. Being a full time mom is exhausting and you should not feel selfish. *hugs*
Wel, I am no expert but I think he would be the perfect age for it. I am reading Montessori The science behind the Genius by Lillard and The Montessori method by Maria Montessori and Amazing Child The Montessori Way by Seldin and thus far I am learning a great deal and I have been following the Montessori way of learning and interacting with my son who just turned 25 months but we have been doing it since birth. So, I think 22 months is perfect. Good luck and if you get a chance check out those books. I borrowed mine from the library.
The youngest children in DD's classroom are so much fun to watch. They LOVE the practical life area and the "I can do it myself!" aspect of Montessori. I think your little one would really get a lot out of it, and your older one would be able to show him around. I say go for it!
Many Montessori schools will allow you to "phase-in" to the program, meaning you could stay in the classroom as long as your child needs you and you could start out with shorter days and gradually lengthen them. If not, you could certainly ask the teacher/directress if you might be able to do this.
Toddlers usually love the Montessori toddler classroom because there are so many fun and interesting activities to do that are sized just for them! I agree with tracyamber, take a look at some books about Montessori. Montessori from the Start and Montessori: Play and Learn are some other good books to check out.
As to if your child is ready, only you would really know that. See if you might be able to do a "visit" to the school with your son and observe how he reacts to the adults and the classroom materials - it is not unusual for a toddler to cling to mom's leg for a bit!
He will have different experiences and activities at a Montessori school than at home and that can be a great benefit for him and you! Try it out and give it a couple of weeks, I'm sure he (and you) will love the experience.
-a Montessori teacher