The first parent tour, to come through my classroom, is forever imbedded in my memory. With only a 5 minute notice, I took a deep breath and glanced around. Paint was splattered on the easel. Music was playing on the record player. There were children gathered around a couple of soda bottles, conducting a science experiment. My assistant was sitting on the floor with 3 kids and the moveable alphabet, watching them build a story. Just as my director, Lyn, escorted the parent into my class, 3 year old,
There are many ways to find the right school for your child. You could flip a coin and say a prayer or you can follow these simple steps and trust your-self.
When I was a Montessori Mom, looking for the perfect school, again, I did most of the talking. Making certain that the director knew what we were looking for. I was satisfied that she understood my needs, but what I didn’t find out, was their philosophy or what they actually had to offer me. I forgot to ask them questions and to listen to their answers. It was a crucial mistake. I came to realize that the school wasn’t the great fit I wanted it to be. I started my search again, this time following the simple rules I outlined above. My girlfriend referred it. Greatschools.org confirmed it. They were licensed by the state and accredited by AMS while in the process of achieving their AMI accreditation, as well. When I visited, I asked my questions and listened to their answers. I observed the whole class, not only my daughter. Check. Check. Check. I signed the check and submitted my application. And may I never have to go through this process, again! Or, at least, not until Middle School.
Joanne Shango is a certified Montessori Teacher and Mom with 20 years experience.