I would like my children to receive a Montessori education and i'm currently in the process of enrolling my son. I love the Montessori approach to education, I love the philosophy and I love the set-up of the classrooms. From what i've read, I love everything about it. But i'm eager to learn of *personal* experiences from parents of children receiving a Montessori education, and I have a few questions too.
What do you like about Montessori? Do you believe your child is benefiting from a Montessori education?
Does your child enjoy the learning approach? (obviously Montessori children may not be able to compare it, but are there particular aspects of it which they love?)
What are the fees like? FOB is being a bit funny about paying fees for primary education. I'm a tad concerned as well, being a single Mum.
Does your child have to do homework? I don't agree with homework, but i've heard some schools are funny about parents refusing it.
Are Montessori schools independent of religious affiliation?
Do they have sports/swimming carnivals? (I don't like these type of events...bad memories from my own childhood plus other reasons).
Is there an opportunity for my son to learn a second language? We are learning Italian at home at the moment, will he be able to persist with this during 'school' hours if he wants?
Is Montessori for all children? My son is of a very spirited nature, and I worry that he will disrupt other children who are trying to learn. I actually have this concern regarding any school, so i'm just throwing it out there.
Is Montessori just for primary aged children? What happens when they get to high school?