Introducing….The Graduate!

Five down. Thirteen to go.

For those wondering what the fuss is about “graduating” pre-school, I guess I should clarify: Rather than regular ol’ daycare, we enrolled her (and her sister before her) in a Montessori early learning school. It was more like traditional daycare when they were babies, of course, but even by the time kids become “mobile infants” their teachers start introducing them to various learning techniques and concepts. By the time the girls were 2 and 3 years old, they were starting to learn in a variety of areas, and of course there also was the socialization aspect of being around their peers.

The development process has been, in a word, staggering. Having already seen the fruits of all that early work paying off with her older sister this past year as she moved from the Montessori school to Kindergarten, I’m confident the transition will be just as successful with the coming school year.

But for now, we celebrate. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Introducing….The Graduate!

  1. The kid goes to a Montessori high school. Some aspects I affectionately mock by referring to it as “the hippie school,” but overall it’s a great fit for her, and I think it would have been a great thing for me when I was a kid.

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    1. I’ll admit I was leery at first when they were describing the program to us, but I can’t argue with the results. Addy was more than ready for her first year in public school, meeting or exceeding every goal set out by her teacher over the year. Granted, it was Kindergarten, but even then there are math, reading, writing/etc goals they’re aiming for, and she cleared them with room to spare. Heck, she had most of them dialed in almost from the start.

      What I liked about her teacher was that she kept “upping the ante” rather than just letting her float along. Addy would bring home small/shorter books to read aloud every night. We’d quiz her on them to test her understanding and retention/etc., and she was smoking them.

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