Big news coming from our household, as our daughter just started Montessori school!
K is now in her 18th month (as she turned 17 months old at the end of September) and started in a local Montessori Toddler class last week.
The Montessori Toddler Class is for toddlers aged 18 months – 3 years old.
A regular day runs from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, but we’ve gone with “half days” – picking her up at 1:00 pm.
It’s been an exciting time for our family, as we are eager to see how much K learns and grows over the school year.
We had the usual emotions going into the first week, but she has done great with the transition.
She seems to really be enjoying her Montessori Toddler Class, which makes things easier for all of us!
How We Got Introduced To Montessori Toddler Class
Before becoming parents, we didn’t know much about Montessori, other than that it was a great “daycare” in the area.
When K was born, we attended an information session and tour at the local Montessori school and discovered what Montessori was all about (and are incredibly thankful we did)!
After the tour and doing more research on Montessori schooling, we decided that we would apply to get her enrolled in the Montessori Toddler Class when she was of age.
Why We Enrolled Our Daughter In A Montessori Toddler Class
My wife and I are in a unique situation where we didn’t need to enroll K in a daycare with our schedules, but it’s something we thought would be beneficial for her development (socially, emotionally, cognitively, etc.).
We chose Montessori for several reasons…
We love the way that Montessori promotes independence. Everything is at the child’s height, allowing them to do things on their own (prepare meals, wash hands, etc).
We loved the idea of K using activities throughout the day that help her learn new things, develop fine motor skills, promote concentration, etc.
We love how our ways of doing things at home with the Montessori approach carry right over to her school to keep things consistent for her.
There is just so much to love about the Montessori approach, and that made the decision easy for us.
Our First Impressions With The Montessori Toddler Class
It has only been a week, but so far, we are all loving the experience.
K seems very happy every day when we pick her up, and it already seems like she’s been learning new things and gaining confidence.
One of her teachers even mentioned how quickly she has picked up on the classroom rules and said that the Montessori at home must be helping.
It felt good hearing that our approach at home has a positive carryover for her.
Her Montessori teachers are lovely, and she’s made some new friends from her class.
Overall, everything has been great, and we are excited to share more of her Montessori Toddler Class experience as the school year goes on.
Stay tuned for more Montessori schooling updates!