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I have to admit that I didn't give the montessori aspect that much thought. I'm not sure how truly montessori they are. They definitely have the classes broken up by age - a 2 year old class, a 3 year old class, a 4 year old class. Actually, it would be awesome if they did have multiple age classes and both kids could go together. I would have no worries about sending them 5 days if they were together.
When I visited, I did notice that they didn't have toys or that many manipulatives around. I was surprised that they didn't have a play kitchen or anything. I wondered about them being academic because the 2 year old class had student work displayed that included bits of paper glued inside the shapes of letters and Chinese characters. So it seems like they are at least teaching letters/characters at age 2. But it isn't like they were doing worksheets or had desks or anything.
Maybe play-based would be better for dd, though then she wouldn't get the Mandarin. Whenever we drop of ds at preschool, she seems most interested in things like play-doh, puzzles, painting and things like that.