Sixtine started attending Montessori school at the end of March. There are three Montessori campuses in our province and we are lucky to leave 10 minutes away from one of them. I had been wanting to sign her up a while ago and I was so excited to get my driver’s license so I could take her!
She attends the toddler program three mornings a week and her teacher is absolutely wonderful. I haven’t known her long but there is something about her. I just know – she is very sweet and enthusiastic and I love that about people. She is a certified Montessori teacher, and she seems very knowledgeable.
Sixtine is still in a discovery stage where she wants to explore everything she sees – but can you blame a girl? I am an adult and I wanted to use every single tray and material I saw when we had the tour!
I love the sense of community I get whenever I go there. The “big kids” (children attending the Casa program aged 3-6) are always welcoming to Sixtine! The facility is smaller than the one downtown but it contributes to that homey feeling and they have everything they need. One common room for the Casa children and one room for the Toddlers. They also provide enrichment classes for older children (Maths, Reading) as well as extra-curricular activities (Dance, Music and Tae Kwon Do I believe?)!
Sixtine’s teacher has been great at communicating with me and I am sincerely happy about making that choice and decision for her. I get to know what Sixtine’s interests are on a regular basis and I know what lessons were presented to her via her “communication book”.
Here are some activities and lessons that Sixtine has done or was presented lately:
- sorting and pouring
- squeezing a sponge lesson
- rolling a mat
- sand paper numbers (1,3, and 7)
- shape matching, sequencing and spooning tiny beads
- squeezing a baster
- pink tower
Sending her to Montessori school has relieved a lot of stress and I feel much more relaxed and less pressured as well. I know her certified teacher will give her the right tools to learn and I can do the best I can as a Mom and not as an educator. It is a fine line I have been struggling with. I will write more about this subject at a later date.
The only downside about sending her there is that because it is a school, it is closed in the summer and the hours can be inconvenient. I am not sure how we will work around it when I go back to work but we shall see. It is also more expensive than daycare. In the meantime, it has been very exciting to see her grow and get excited about things she learnt at school.
I have been thinking of getting this book for her. I think it will be a helpful tool! Would anyone else recommend it?