My kids both go to a Montessori school. I am completely, 100% enamored of the program. We originally intended just to keep them there for the primary program (through the kindergarten year), but quickly realized that we wanted as much Montessori education as we could get, so they are now in 1st and 3rd grade, and will stay at our school through 6th (which is as far as it goes).
One important thing to know is that anybody can call their school Montessori. If it isn't certified through one of the two certifying bodies, there is no guarantee that the school's philosophy is true Montessori. The certifying bodies are AMI (for a stricter adherence to Maria Montessori's original vision) and AMS (for a somewhat looser interpretation, but still legitimately Montessori). (My kids go to an AMI school.)
Honestly, there isn't anything I don't love about our school. The multi-age classrooms (age 2.5 through 6 in primary, age 6-12 in elementary) are awesome--the kids are exposed to so much more and have the opportunity to be classroom leaders when they get to the older ages in a class. The teachers know the kids amazingly well because they are with them for so long, so they can really help each child grow to his fullest potential.
Teaching methods are designed to reach people who learn in all different ways--whether it's visual, auditory, hands-on, or what have you. Math, in particular, is taught so concretely that concepts that students in traditional programs might find challenging become completely clear.
Kids are taught to be self-sufficient, and really shine that way. They love being able to direct their own education. (That said, students are still required to complete all the requirements they would need in a traditional/public school. They're just given more freedom in how they go about that.)
I could seriously rave about the benefits of the Montessori philosophy for hours. If you want more info or have other questions, feel free to ask, either here or in PM!
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