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Montessori vs Public School - Son going to JK

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paf wrote:
Feb 14th, 2017 8:54 am
Our son is turning 4 and will be going to JK starting September. We've been debating to either send him to a Private Montessori vs Public School. We are in Markham by Markham and Denison

Currently he goes to Montessori 3 days a week ( we decided to this route instead of daycare after he turned 3 ) . We hear different opinions from people. Some say he will forget whatever he learned in Montessori as Public school JK is playbased and all . But Montessori was never the norm. All other kids come out okay as well.

Montessori is not cheap ( Trillium School ) . We are looking at spending around $1050 / Month. Someone has to pick ip /drop off as the school provides no bus service . Looking at additional costs if we need to find a private service for pick up /drop off

wanted to hear other people's views on this and what they did / are planning for similar scenario.


Thanks All!
I happen to be a professional in the education field--I am not a unionized teacher or anything like that, but I specialised in education and learning. To get to the point--though neither of these would be my first choice, if I were to choose between them, it would be Montessori so long as it is done correctly. Read a little about it, sit in a few classrooms (when your child is not in them) and make the decision. If you must... sit in a public school classroom and the decision should be easy.
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ElliottGalt wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 12:07 am
I happen to be a professional in the education field--I am not a unionized teacher or anything like that, but I specialised in education and learning. To get to the point--though neither of these would be my first choice, if I were to choose between them, it would be Montessori so long as it is done correctly. Read a little about it, sit in a few classrooms (when your child is not in them) and make the decision. If you must... sit in a public school classroom and the decision should be easy.
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We thought our son would be bored in Montessori only set up. So we found a Spanish immersion where they use Montessori and Reggio style. The owner said that they don't strictly follow one or another style we use bit of everything. We have visited one French immersion as well but all we could see was cramped class with full of toys looking like a dayhome. We wanted to send our son to a place where he can stimulate his brain ( that is what we do at home) and socialize, make friends.
So I guess Montessori isn't so good for some kids.
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Acheewawa wrote:
Feb 15th, 2017 7:38 pm
My oldest did 3 years of Montessori (Casa Program). It was a complete waste of time and money for us. By the time my oldest went to grade 1 in the public system, we were told my child was reading at a pre-k level and was behind in math. With some additional help, my child is now mostly caught up, but when I signed up for private school, I never expected my child would be behind (note: my child does not have a learning disability that would have affected learning at Montessori). If I were to do it all over again, I would do the pre-k levels at Montessori, but JK and up at public school.
After casa program, kids are supposed to be at grade 2 level at least for math. But each school is different
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smartie wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 8:59 pm
After casa program, kids are supposed to be at grade 2 level at least for math. But each school is different
I don't think that's the case with most Montessori children.
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smartie wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 8:59 pm
After casa program, kids are supposed to be at grade 2 level at least for math. But each school is different
That's what I heard too and was expecting, so I was quite surprised to hear that only only was my child not at an advanced level, but she wasn't even at the same level as her new classmates in the public school. Frustrating for sure.
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Acheewawa wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 9:59 am
That's what I heard too and was expecting, so I was quite surprised to hear that only only was my child not at an advanced level, but she wasn't even at the same level as her new classmates in the public school. Frustrating for sure.
I feel your pain especially after paying so much
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Sounds pretty bad. What was the name of the Montessori if you don't mind me asking.
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I web through Montessori back in the 70s and early 80s from K to grade 5. In hindsight while there was some benefit to me, I wouldn't recommend it for my kids. Yes, the flexibility it provided, exploration, alternate ways of learning kept me interested...but basic organization, structure and rote were missing. These skills are fundamentally taught in the lower grades...and in many ways are more important than the actual material.

To each their own though...
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Thanks All. I think we've decided to keep en if he was him in public school for now. Our thought process is even if the kids becomes ahead of their public school peer, once they are enrolled again in public, if they are not taught the level they are at , they will have to come down to the level below again anyways .

Thanks for all the inputs
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It depends on your kid.. My daughter (JK in Montessori) is so inquisitive .. that had we moved her I dont think she would have got the attention she does in the big class sizes. When we spoke to her teacher they said even tho she is at JK she is in the SK group right now for some stuff like science and math. We are also at the same point where we haven't decided what to do when it comes to Gr1.

My son on the other had started the Toddler program @ Montessori but did not like the structure (that teacher) was trying to impose to 18months old !.. so we took him out .. and put him in a regular daycare. This sept we will try again with Montessori with him.. and see .. I have no issues him not going to it.. Its not for everyone.

Again .. it depends on your kid... It depends on the teachers.. and it depends on the school (Make sure they really are following the Montessori).
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TLSRULZ wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2017 10:15 pm
It depends on your kid.. My daughter (JK in Montessori) is so inquisitive .. that had we moved her I dont think she would have got the attention she does in the big class sizes. When we spoke to her teacher they said even tho she is at JK she is in the SK group right now for some stuff like science and math. We are also at the same point where we haven't decided what to do when it comes to Gr1.

My son on the other had started the Toddler program @ Montessori but did not like the structure (that teacher) was trying to impose to 18months old !.. so we took him out .. and put him in a regular daycare. This sept we will try again with Montessori with him.. and see .. I have no issues him not going to it.. Its not for everyone.

Again .. it depends on your kid... It depends on the teachers.. and it depends on the school (Make sure they really are following the Montessori).
Do you think this is due to the fact girls are mature earlier than boys?
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smartie wrote:
Feb 23rd, 2017 9:38 am
Do you think this is due to the fact girls are mature earlier than boys?
Yes definitely has something to do with it.. I know people say that .. my girl did everything earlier... from potty training to puzzles to deductive logic.. when compared to my son.
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paf wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2017 9:18 am
Thanks All. I think we've decided to keep en if he was him in public school for now. Our thought process is even if the kids becomes ahead of their public school peer, once they are enrolled again in public, if they are not taught the level they are at , they will have to come down to the level below again anyways .

Thanks for all the inputs
In the end, the learning at the lower grades (k-5) is more about socialization and process than the actually content. Ahead or behind is not really that important. And if you need to enrich add music, language or sports.
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nalababe wrote:
Feb 24th, 2017 10:48 pm
In the end, the learning at the lower grades (k-5) is more about socialization and process than the actually content. Ahead or behind is not really that important. And if you need to enrich add music, language or sports.
Science /math those rule based is pretty much easy to catch up, but reading is hard, I'd suggest focus on reading and music
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smartie wrote:
Feb 25th, 2017 10:22 am
Science /math those rule based is pretty much easy to catch up, but reading is hard, I'd suggest focus on reading and music
Hard is in the eye of the student.

In many ways reading is easier as there are so many different ways to engage in reading.
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