Two Big Questions When Looking for a Montessori School
Do you prefer the paid perks of a private preschool?
Contrary to popular belief, not all these specialized schools are private. Public schools are starting to adopt some of Dr. Montessori’s practices as well, which could make them a better choice if you have a more modest education budget and you want your child to socialize more during their formative years. Nevertheless, private schools often have excellent reputations for high teaching standards, and some offer scholarships.
Would you rather have your little one graduate from an accredited school?
Only a small minority of all these preschools rank as accredited institutions according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, also known as the “NAEYC.” However, the general opinion is that the majority of Montessori-style preschools don’t need to have an accredited status to be great schools.
A better yardstick for comparison might be inquiring to see if each school has an affiliation with one of Dr. Montessori’s organizations in order to gauge how closely they follow this teaching method. Schools that adhere more strictly to Montessori’s method are likely to be a member of societies like Montessori’s International Council, for example. Do take note that technically any educational center can claim Montessori’s title in their name without having teachers who’ve received the official training of this particular educational approach.
Here’s the bottom line:
After narrowing your search using the above tips, you must go to the school in person to make the final choice. Sit in on a class to observe their protocols and see if your child would get along well with the kinds of children you see there. Ask the teachers about their personal teaching approaches in the classroom.
Then you can finally make the right choice and cross this preschool-evaluation process off your parenting to-do list.
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