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HOW DO I KNOW?
As analytical over-achievers, it’s hard for us to trust, especially when it comes to our children. For us working parents, as we leave our little ones day after day, we agonize over whether we’re doing the right thing, have we chosen the right preschool, will she be all right today? In the face of such immense questions, we as staff find ourselves saying so inadequately, “He was fine.” How can you really know?

It has to do with educating yourself as a parent. When we know what to expect at approximately what age, we not only can cope better with new phases, but we can also understand that, in fact, our child is developing very normally, even well. When you were pregnant with your baby, you understood morning sickness and Braxton-Hicks contractions, and when they happened, you could say, “Oh, yeah.” When you know about the terrible two’s, how much food a 4-year-old doesn’t eat, and flu symptoms, you can say, “Oh, yeah.”

The Montessori environment is a little less specific. In a traditional environment, the teacher will tell you “We’re learning ‘m’ today” and you can go away with a good, warm feeling. That very set curriculum gives us a lot of confidence about “what’s going on.” In our Montessori environment, we don’t take all those variously shaped pegs that are our children and chip at them until they fit into our round holes. We create an environment that fits the child. In this way, instead of investing so much energy in how to fit in, the child is free to focus on the very thing that she is most interested in today. This means that she will advance further easier than in a traditional environment. It’s not untypical for us to have a child who can do all his multiplication tables but who still can’t write his name. Fortunately, in the three-year Montessori cycle, one day the child will say, “Now I want to write” and the directress is there to support and guide his interests.

How can you know? In addition to your being familiar with the equipment in our classroom and how it develops the various skills, there is a terrific series that we use from E.D. Hirsch. The series starts at kindergarten and the books are titled What Your ___ Grader Should Know. As a general rule, most of our children complete our program at approximately the third grade level in math, language, geography, and science. When you know this information, like a good gardener, you can stand back and allow that magnificent oak or exquisite rose to mature in its own time. If you’re interested in more sources, ask us. We love to talk about our children and about our work.

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