There's no easy way to answer that question for parents. Deep down, I think many of them know what's best. However, saving an entire year of tuition sounds so enticing.
I've heard back from many of the parents who chose public school this year, instead of our program. Here's what I heard:
- "She had so much more enthusiasm for learning in Montessori."
- "His teacher just doesn't seem to have the time to see what he's capable of."
- "Do you have any available spaces left so we can switch her back??"
- "I wish I had thought it through completely, I would've loved to hold on to one more year of innocence for my child."
Top Ten Reasons to Keep Your Child in Montessori Through Kindergarten
- Does your Montessori child love school and can't wait to go? Don't take the chance... be sure your child loves to learn at least for one more year.
- In Montessori, your child has been treated with a deep respect as a unique individual. The school has been equally concerned for his intellectual, social, and emotional development.
- Having spent two years together, your child's teacher knows her very, very well. She knows her strengths and areas that are presenting challenges.
- Your child already knows most of her classmates. She has grown up in a safe, supportive classroom setting.
- Montessori math is based on the European tradition of unified mathematics. Montessori introduces young children to basic geometry and other sophisticated concepts as early as kindergarten.
- In many Montessori schools, five year olds are beginning to read; kindergarteners in other schools may be learning to recognize letters and numbers.
- In Montessori, your child can continue to progress at her own pace. In traditional kindergarten, she will have to wait while the other children begin to catch up.
- Montessori children are studying cultural geography and beginning to grow into global citizens.
- Montessori consciously teaches children to be kind and peaceful.
- Montessori students learn through hands-on experiences, investigation, and research. They become actively engaged in their studies.