Should You Try Montessori Homeschool and Regular Preschool?

Should You Try Montessori Homeschool and Regular Preschool?

My daughter is 3 years old. She went to one half year of preschool, and now we are in the summer break. I have her already enrolled for next year. I was thinking of trying the montessori homeschool program AND regular preschool (which is more traditionally based) which is only two days a week for 2 1/2 hours each day, to see which she prefers or which is helping her most, then when she is 5 and ready for kindergarten we can make a discussion together about which road to take. I regret sending her to public school, but my hubby is against homeschooling.... My daughter is so artistic and creative and that I know wont be fostered.... I also hate fighting with my hubby about it.... How do you rise past that and how do you put together your defense speech for why you have chosen it and how it can be just as beneficial but in a different way?--Sandy

I don't usually recommend Montessori at home when a child is at a non-Montessori school. It is too contradictory for the child. However... You can offer some of the Montessori materials and activities, and be "loose" about the home environment, as a compromise. In other words, you will want to be consistent (at home) with the preschool, even though they are not Montessori. Every preschool is different, so I can't say much more about that.

You should also look into Waldorf activities, as well as any local Waldorf schools.

I'm assuming there are no Montessori schools around or they are too expensive?

As far as not wanting to put your child in public school, it is hard to argue against it when your child has not started it yet, so you may have to wait and see how it goes when your daughter starts Kindergarten.

I was surprised at how much I liked our local public school (my son started it in the fall)! But I kept an open mind the past two years (should I send my son to our local charter Montessori elementary school? should I keep him in the special needs program? or send him to public school?). It was a huge decision! I know it will be for you, too!

At least you know you have Montessori homeschool as a backup plan if your local public school does not work out for your daughter (this happens to many of my clients who come to me after the fact).

So if you want to try Montessori at home, be very loose about it since your child is (and has been in) a non-Montessori school.

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~Lisa Nolan
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