My wife and i have been researching the pros and cons of the Montessori school environment. We are seriously considering putting our 3 year old into the Montessori "Method".
Some pros are as follows:
Smaller class sizes (approx 15)
Teacher v Student ratio (3 teachers / class)
Program Enhancement i.e.. Guest Speakers, Trips, Nature appreciation...the list goes on...done on a weekly basis.
Teaching method...based on each child's needs..focus on a child's weaker abilities while reinforcing the stronger ones. Going at a strong and fluid pace based on each child. No child learns at the same pace.
Unfortunately, price....but we think it could work out OR would the money spent on Montessori be better put into a Registered Education Plan for Post Secondary Education? Will she want to attend University?...Where is my crystal ball?
Strict regiment....would my child learn better/more in a less intense area? Or is the focus on my child what she needs? This is the hardest point to resolve.
Social activity.....no true break....no gym class
The above is very brief. But my main reason for this thread is to get feedback from anybody that has been put into Montessori or is a parent of a child that attends a Montessori school.