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Old 02-10-2010, 10:34 AM  
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Montessori -vs- Waldorf schooling

Well it's time to start looking for a preschool. Been to a number of Montessori schools and was pretty impressed. I have also heard good things from parents who sent their kids there. I have a friend raging about this Waldorf system now. I still need to check that out. What I am looking for is anyone who has experience with either system as both are available to me. What I noticed right off the bat is that the inoculation rates in these top schools is very low. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:39 AM   #2
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:40 AM   #3
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Montessori for preschool is overkill.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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Montessori doesn't really seem to allow kids to be kids.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:47 AM   #5
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Montessori doesn't really seem to allow kids to be kids.
At 3 it's only for 3 hours. When I took him to a Motessori school he seemed very interested in the learning tools they had. I also took him to a very highly rated Chritian school that is a fraction of the price and he was happy there too but was playing more than really being interested in their learning tools.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:48 AM   #6
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We go to a waldorf school and love it. Even better it is a public charter so doesn't cost like a private waldorf school costs. I highly recommend the waldorf education though.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:51 AM   #7
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We go to a waldorf school and love it. Even better it is a public charter so doesn't cost like a private waldorf school costs. I highly recommend the waldorf education though.
What is it that you like about it? They don't start them in Waldorf here until they are 6.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:00 AM   #8
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We did the montessori thing for 2 years. My kids do extremely well in public school now, but they did extremely well there too. I dont think it has anything at all to do with the school. It has to do with the parents making sure they are involved in the kids education and teaching the children to take pride in being at the top of the class. There were punks, dirtbags, loser parents, and dumbasses in montessorial school, and there are the same number of them in the public school. Looking back, it was sort of a waste of money. Course, my children are brilliant
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:04 AM   #9
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We did the montessori thing for 2 years. My kids do extremely well in public school now, but they did extremely well there too. I dont think it has anything at all to do with the school. It has to do with the parents making sure they are involved in the kids education and teaching the children to take pride in being at the top of the class. There were punks, dirtbags, loser parents, and dumbasses in montessorial school, and there are the same number of them in the public school. Looking back, it was sort of a waste of money. Course, my children are brilliant
Public school just isn't an option for me. Our christian school is off the charts and very reasonable. They compete in every brain competition in the state and have an extremely high rate for getting scholorships. IMO the public school system has become a total joke. The christian school also has competing athletic teams starting in 5th grade which is how it should be. Tons of physical activity, even in preschool.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:06 AM   #10
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We did the montessori thing for 2 years. My kids do extremely well in public school now, but they did extremely well there too. I dont think it has anything at all to do with the school. It has to do with the parents making sure they are involved in the kids education and teaching the children to take pride in being at the top of the class. There were punks, dirtbags, loser parents, and dumbasses in montessorial school, and there are the same number of them in the public school. Looking back, it was sort of a waste of money. Course, my children are brilliant
This. I have a good friend whose kid is in Montessori and my son is way ahead of him. He's paying $5,000 a year to send his kid to a school where he isn't learning much. I've told him repeatedly that if he were to do more work with his son as far as schooling is concerned he would do much better.

I send my son to a preschool that has a school type curriculum but it is intertwined with fun activities and he loves it.

Edit: We also put a lot of effort into my son's education. We read everyday (and he sees his parents read). We work on numbers and just started working on time.
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What is it that you like about it? They don't start them in Waldorf here until they are 6.
I was trying to put into words why we like the Waldorf school system but was being all rambled. I then googled it and this guy pretty much sums it up for me.

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Old 02-10-2010, 11:10 AM   #12
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Public school just isn't an option for me. Our christian school is off the charts and very reasonable. They compete in every brain competition in the state and have an extremely high rate for getting scholorships. IMO the public school system has become a total joke. The christian school also has competing athletic teams starting in 5th grade which is how it should be. Tons of physical activity, even in preschool.
Yeah, there is surely a very big difference in schools where you are and schools where I am. The Liberty, Mo. school district is very well regarded.
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This. I have a good friend whose kid is in Montessori and my son is way ahead of him. He's paying $5,000 a year to send his kid to a school where he isn't learning much. I've told him repeatedly that if he were to do more work with his son as far as schooling is concerned he would do much better.

I send my son to a preschool that has a school type curriculum but it is intertwined with fun activities and he loves it.
I am not sure what Montessori school he went to. My understanding is there is a wide range of activities and credentials at different schools. The last one I looked at had a huge playground. They also had a big garden and grew their own food and cooked what they grew. The christian school is huge and has tons of activities as another option.

One of my concerns is they will try and catch other students up. He is 2 and a half now and already counts, does his ABC's and is starting to read. Wherever he goes I want them to take him where he is at to the next level instead of having generic teaching designed to hold everyone back to the weakest link like they do in public schools.
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I was trying to put into words why we like the Waldorf school system but was being all rambled. I then googled it and this guy pretty much sums it up for me.

http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/u...s/waldorf.html
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