Wow, you all have been talking! So glad to see the posts on this. I am making up a list of pros & cons, and a list of questions for the Montessori tour on Wednesday. Meantime, SparklingGemini, you are the very closest to my line of thinking -
Originally Posted by SparklingGemini
I have no interest in sending her to an academic preschool or sending her because I think she needs to be learning things and be ready for kindergarten.
But because my degree is in Child Development and my background is teaching preschool(and nannying), I have a hard time completely ignoring the potential positivity that comes from a more formal preschool environment.
I am not one to delay school-y stuff due only to age, but I am definitely an unschooler-type too. I think I can put it best by saying I don't want to miss a teachable moment just because DD1 is "only" 2 or 3 or 4 years old.
Before DD2 was born, DD1 and I did so much stuff together, and she did advance quickly, because I was there experiencing things with her and I could pick up on her inklings, and oftentimes draw her up to the next level. Vygotsky would say we used "scaffolding" really well together.
Now I feel like we're just getting to the basics - food, sanitation, family connection and rest - and the day is over. We WAH too so that's another essential requirement of the day.
Anyway, the Montessori tour is in two days, and I am a little nervous/excited. I have learned a few things about them -
-24 kids in a room with 2 teachers
-DD1 will be told her assignments for the day in general terms (i.e. do one life skill, one counting skill, one sorting skill), this surprised me and I'll ask more
-there is a camp at the same school over the summer, maybe the best way to try it out with no strings come fall
-half day or full day, our choice
-ages 3 to 6 in her room
-school is member of the AMS
I have a list of questions but feel free to let me know your list! I will not bring DD1 to the tour, but am free to take her along on a second tour if I think this is a real option. Wish me luck!