(Closed) Preschools/ daycare

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Heard the best things about Montessori over any other program.  I was homeschooled (and graduated from a correspondence course with a 4.0 three years early), so I’m biased and think homeschooling is an awesome option as well.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I was curious about the Reggio Emilia approach, so I went to the always trusty wikipedia.  I know that researching on wikipedia is not the best, but I read this and liked it:

teachers in Reggio Emilia assert the importance of being confused as a contributor to learning; thus a major teaching strategy is purposely to allow mistakes to happen

As a teacher, this is one of the most important things that I teach my children.  I even have a poster up in my 6th grade classroom that says “Mistakes start new learning”. 

I am a VERY strong believer in Montessori, but Reggio Emilia seems that it would have some benefits as well, not to mention the fact that it’s so close to you.  The one thing I worry about is implementing structure with children, but that’s just me!

Edit: I had a logistics question- since RE is very community based (teacher, student and parents as collaborative learners) would you and your husband have time to participate in the way that could be demanded by the school? 

Post # 6
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Newbee

As a teacher, I love Reggio.  My experiences with Montessori schools have varied.  Some are awesome and well, others… So I would definitely check out the individual schools and leadership.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I don’t know much about it, but from the (incredibly minimal) stuff I’ve read, it requires parents to be very involved, in other words- lots of volunteer time in the classroom.  There are a couple of sides to this- on one side, it’s great to be invovled in your child’s education; I really wish more of my parents were involved in their student’s learning life.  On another side, not being in the classroom very often helps develop independence for your child and helps them function better on their own.  For some parents, this is a plus, for others, not so much.  On yet another side, if your work hours won’t permit you to do it, that might cause a conflict with the school. 

Y’know, I would go with what works logistically for you and your husband.  I’m pretty sure that you understand child development pretty well coming from your field, and since this is something that you are thinking about already, I have a feeling that your home environment will be a great supplement to what your daughter learns at school.  Since the RE school is so close, start with them.  If the volunteering thing is something that works for you, it sounds like a really solid program, something that I would enroll a child of mine in if possible.  If not, check out the Montessori programs.

 

Best of luck!  I would love to hear more about the RE program from those who have experienced it.  I’m always looking for more strategies to improve my teaching, even if I have the older kiddos.  🙂  (Wow, I wrote a novel, didn’t I?  This is what happens when I get going on education…)

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I’ll definitely check back in on this thread and had never heard of RE, so thanks for that!  I’ll also have to spend more time researching Montessori.  My mom got a job at one and enrolled me.  (My older siblings were already in jr hi/hs.)  She ended up quitting.  I HATED it, and I guess she didn’t care for the school either, so in a weird way it worked out well, but it has made me “gun shy” of montessori style schools.  I’m guessing it was just my teacher that was a b****?  She wouldn’t explain anything to me as the new kid.  For example, I didn’t know a kid was in time out and saw she was crying.  So, I went and talked to her, and then I got put in time out.  I guess it seems silly now, but that wasn’t the only thing, and those are some of my earliest memories, bc they freaked me out so much.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Having worked at an early childcare center for 2 years I will say that no matter how great the program is, its going to vary greatly from school to school. We had a montessori in the area that was terrible. Staff turnover rate was ridiculous and curiculum was never implemented, we had a lot of families move their kids from there to us. It’s important to tour every place you are considering and ask a million questions!!! Our center was the same way, on paper and in theory everything was great, but on actual day to day implementation…sometimes things were not done the way it was perceived, which is mainly the reason I quit.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am a kindergarten teacher and see students come in from a variety of preschool programs.  I honestly think it depends on your child.  Some students thrive in a Montessori program and others struggle.  Montessori is very hands-on learning.  The program is more “self-guided” so if you child is one that needs structure this may not be the best option for you.  The Reggio Emilia Approach is very art focused.  Something that some parents love and others feel like is not focused enough on academics. 

Neither of these approaches are wrong it really just depends on what type of program you are looking for.  I would ask to observe a few different programs to get an idea of what you think would be best for you child.  After all, nobody knows your child better than you.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We had parents come in before they were even pregnant looking at the programs. When I first started all our rooms were full and the baby room had 14 families waiting. The sooner the better in my opinion.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

DG, I’m not sure where you would find this, but I know there is a consultant service where I live.  They do play based therapy, etc, but they also will meet with you child to determine which school is the best fit for her.  They are all very knowledgeable in child development, and their recommendations are specific to your child’s needs.

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