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November 10th, 2010, 08:53 PM
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My kids are going to a new school this year. It is a Montessori school and it is so diverse. They do not teach/mention religion at all. My DD's class pet died and there was no mention of it going to pet heaven or anything. There was an email sent out before Halloween informing parents that holidays are not celebrated, but the kids are allowed to bring up and talk about their beliefs and traditions, but they will not be prompted.

I was noticing the bumper stickers in the parking lot last week. There was several of the coexist stickers, some Darwin fish, some Wicca, lots of tree huger/hippieish ones. I am so happy that I made the switch to such an open school. DS's old school (public) would sing songs like Away in a Manger and o Holy Night for the Holiday play.
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November 11th, 2010, 08:44 AM
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It's still early for me but we really need to start looking (and saving) for private schools. Though we do have an excellent public school system in my community.
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November 11th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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This school is actually a chartered school. I have to pay for Carly, but only because she is in the preschool program. It is hard to get into. They have a long waiting list and do a lottery at the beginning of the year for open spots. I am so lucky that I was able to get my 2 in so quickly. Carly got in right away and Issac had to wait a month before he got in. Our public schools are pretty good, but I love the Montessori beliefs.
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November 11th, 2010, 02:15 PM
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Can you explain a little about what Montessori schools are? I have heard really really good things about an elementary school a few blocks away and was going to check it out and try to enroll Connor for kindergarten next year, and one of the other parents at his preschool mentioned that it's a Montessori school.... I have NO CLUE what that even means! LOL
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November 11th, 2010, 04:38 PM
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You're so lucky! We don't have any Montessori schools nearby, aside from a preschool, which doesn't much follow Montessori principles. (You have to be careful because Montessori isn't trademarked, so anyone can call their school one.) I love most of their philosophies.

Zanahoria, I have a friend who is a trained Montessori educator (who is, alas, staying home with her two small children, but I have hopes of her opening a small school in the future), who directs people to this site.

MONTESSORI FAQ's

Montessori Explanation, and Toys & Materials for Children from birth to 12 years
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November 11th, 2010, 05:41 PM
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Thanks for posting that link. Montessori is about child lead learning.

I am very lucky to have the school in my area. It does take me about 30-40 minutes to drop the kids off and pick them up and I have to make 3 trips because DS and DD have different start times (almost the same end time though), but it's worth it IMO. This school goes all the way up through high school age so my kids won't have to leave until they go off to collage. Their school is chartered so no tuition once they get to kindergarten (unless you choose full day...then you have to pay for the second half). The school is always begging for money though. Apparently they have a large mortgage on the building and want to get that paid off so they can pay the teachers a professional wage.
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November 15th, 2010, 12:30 PM
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That's so awesome! I am happy for you and the kids. I like Montessori schools, too.
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