Nido at the Montessori School we go to is teacher and parent facilitated, and you go to the sessions with your child. It's for 18 months to 3 years, and they also run an infant program from 0 - 18 months. It's a beautiful environment, and the teachers are wonderful, so helpful and full of Montessori and developmental knowledge.
She also seems kind of bored with the material, not all of it, but I felt she was looking for more challenging work to do. She chose mostly "play" activities, and passed over the puzzles, beading and matching as if to say "I can do that!".
I thought nothing could convince me to have Lolly go to cycle one at 3. I felt it was too young to be away from me, that we did too much together, and that she just wouldn't be ready for that much separation until 4 or 5. It has been the major drawback for Montessori education in my mind.
|The beautiful outdoor space at Nido.|
As we start, I'm looking at her doing 3 mornings a week of the 5 expected. You have to pay the full fees, but we're willing to wear that to get a balance that suits our family. I still think that time with me, and time doing our normal activities with friends or just hanging out is very important at 3. I'm going to take my cues from Lolly (and me) before moving to every day of the week. They go from 9 til 12, and there is a parent's room on the campus I'll stay in (expect many blog posts, I'll have time to write them!). At first they start with an hour to two and build up, taking our cues from Lolly and how she's adjusting.
Now all we need to do is be offered a place! This is big stuff for me, I'm feeling a bit unsure, but the majority of me feels she will love it and thrive. If it doesn't work that way, we'll reassess it. Nothing is set in stone. See me reassure myself? :D