We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about preschool or day care options for the boys. What environment would be best? When should they start? How often should they go? We have the benefit of them staying home with me all day during the week but as they’re getting older I can tell they’re ready for more structured activities in their day. We do a lot of different outings, play dates with friends, trips to the library for story time and running around at different parks. But our inside activities are starting to get stale. I’m just not keeping up with where they could be for mental stimulation. Not to mention the benefits for both them and myself if they were to have time each week to play with other peers and teachers and for me to get regular breaks from them.
Starting around their second birthday I began my search for the right fit for where they should be.
Daycare? Structured preschool? Montessori? Waldorf? What was going to be the right solution? After researching options I really liked the idea of having them attend a Montessori school. It felt like a right fit for their personalities, their desire for structure and their need to have stimulating activities. The only problem was the cost. All of the Montessori options near us are above our budget. I had given up on the idea of finding a Montessori school we could afford when I received an email response back to an inquiry I sent out; encouraging us to come have a tour of the school and to discuss financing options with them.
I’m so glad I didn’t brush it off. We did a tour, talked and emailed with the director and after taking our situation to their board of directors we received enough of a discount to be able to afford to send both boys to their school three days a week for three hour days starting in September.
I found this great article on about.com comparing Montessori to Waldorf style teaching methods: