Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Wine Country, CA
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I have long been sold on the Montetssori method, and we are looking into a preschool for DD to start in the fall. She will be 2 in May, 28 mo by the time school starts. She is very verbal (speaking in sentences, has been for months), very secure and independent (no problems with me leaving her for a few hours at a time), and in general, I have no doubts she will be ready for preschool by fall.
But I have a question for those who are experienced in Montessori education. The school we are looking at has a requirement of sending the children to school 4 days a week (M-TH) from 9:30-12:30. The hours are fine, but I was initially taken aback at the four days a week thing, as I was sort of thnking we would do 2-3 days a week. But... after speaking with the director, she explained that they find the consistency and predictability of the 4 day schedule to be really beneficial for the children. I could definitely see her point, especailly about having the four days be in a row, rather than having three alternating days in a week (m/w/f or something similar). That also gives them more days of the week IN the classroom than OUT of it and they find the chidlren to thrive under this structure. In theory, I don't disagree that this could be a good thing.
But I'm wondering... is this a standard Montessori practice? What are your experiences with how many days a week your child attends preschool?
We are fairly limited in our shcool choices, as there are only 2 Montessori schools in our town, and the other one is much more difficult to get into. Plus, they are a bit "stuffier" and I didn't feel as much warmth from them as I do from the one we are opting for. There are several other perfectly fine preschools in town that I could send her to for as many days as I choose, but I really don't want to forgo a Montessori education in the name of one day a week difference. Also, she could potentially attend this school through age 9 and I like the idea of her being there from the very beginning. I'm just wondering how normal this 4 day a week requirement is, and I'm curious to know if any of you think it's cause for any sort of concern.