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Montessori preschool transition to mainstream primary

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SuburbanPlum

I'm interested in opinions about how kids who've attended Montessori preschool fair when they start mainstream primary school. We're quite keen on Montessori as a kinder option but I'd like to have an idea of whether this could make starting school more difficult. TIA.

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EPZ

I read an article today how primary school to mainstream secondary, they are 2-3 years behind.

 

Kinder should be play based anyway, regardless of stream. Wouldn’t be an issue I would think.

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ERipley

We’ve just done this. We loved Montessori. My son had a horrible experience in his first kindergarten to the extent that he was terrified of other children. We moved him to Montessori and they really do teach children to be respectful to each other. It’s not perfect and of course 4 year olds will act like 4 year olds, but at Montessori there’s always someone there to help, redirect, give guidance. It gave my son the reassurance he desperately needed. I honestly don’t know where we would be without that.

 

But! It has been a bit of a shock for my son to suddenly go to a mainstream school where some kids are jerks and they’re not pulled up for it. On the other hand he has been taught that some kids are really nice and that teachers do care so ultimately I think that’s worth it.

 

Education-wise the Montessori kids at my son’s kindergarten are light years ahead of other children their age. Some of those kids started formally learning their alphabet at 3 and counting to 10000 during kindergarten so FYOS is a step backwards.

 

I would absolutely choose Montessori kindergarten again though it is very expensive. I have also heard the quality can be dependant on who is in charge at that particular kindergarten. We had a very positive experience though.

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lizzzard

Our two had no problem at all.

 

The reason we chose a Montessori preschool was because my mother, a FYOS teacher in the public system for 30+ years, said her personal observation was that kids she'd seen starting school after being in a Montessori preschool adapted the best to the FYOS. I can understand that with our experience -Montessori tends to be quite structured and has a strong emphasis on independence (eg going to the toilet, taking care of your belongings, etc) which can be helpful when they go to school.

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KnightsofNi

My son when Montessori pre-school to mainstream primary with no problems.

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ERipley

Our two had no problem at all.

 

The reason we chose a Montessori preschool was because my mother, a FYOS teacher in the public system for 30+ years, said her personal observation was that kids she'd seen starting school after being in a Montessori preschool adapted the best to the FYOS. I can understand that with our experience -Montessori tends to be quite structured and has a strong emphasis on independence (eg going to the toilet, taking care of your belongings, etc) which can be helpful when they go to school.

 

The assistant principal at my son’s school quietly told me she can usually guess the kindergarten a child went to based on a child’s behaviour when they start school. She was very happy to have another Montessori kid coming.

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Future-self

TBH this will depend on the school. Their FYOS teacher. And your child. You cannot guarantee that your individual child won’t struggle with some aspects of primary school regardless of their preschool type.

For us, we didn’t really see how the Montessori Kindy (preschool in my state) differed in any way from the community kindys in my area - in fact the kindy we chose one had a much bigger and better outdoor areas- so Montessori was not worth the extra dollars and travel time for us. So just make sure you compare even if you like the philosophy, in practice the Preschools may not be ‘better’.

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nom_de_plume

I agree that there are vast differences in the quality of Montessori preschool depending on the educators. We had a great experience with ours and they transitioned to a mainstream primary school with no issues.

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LambChop

Ours had no problem whatsoever and have always remained at the head of the class in terms of self learning, self organisation and general respect towards others. I Highly recommend it! (Mine did most of primary school Montessori)

 

(ps, Montessori is an approved national curriculum https://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/alternative-curriculum-recognition/recognition-register#3

so I don't know what measure has been used to determine 'behind')

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SuburbanPlum

Thanks all for your valuable responses. Apologies for the slow follow up!

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~river song~

I read an article today how primary school to mainstream secondary, they are 2-3 years behind.

 

Kinder should be play based anyway, regardless of stream. Wouldn’t be an issue I would think.

 

Behind what? Behind who?

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~river song~

My nearly 7yo attended a monstessori preschool/kinder from age 2.5 to 5.5 and adapted to fyos without a problem. If anything she was ahead of the class a bit in terms of being able to focus on a task or activity without as much supervision or additional guidance due to the autonomy from her preschool days. She relates and converses easily with adults, her fine motor skills were excellent and she has a wide range of interests.

I’m always amused at how public school system is deemed the standard or better than other education models and in the same breath can be criticised for its failings in terms of the model of education and any shortcomings.

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Ollie83

I worked as an ECT in a LDC Montessori & had a lot of communication and feedback from teachers that the Montessori children were really academically advanced for the markers coming into FYOS but also were equiped with social/emotional skills that others had not yet developed. If you feel Montessori is a good fit for your child go for, I didn’t see and issues at all for the children who went to school.

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Kabu84

I read an article today how primary school to mainstream secondary, they are 2-3 years behind.

 

Kinder should be play based anyway, regardless of stream. Wouldn’t be an issue I would think.

 

Wasn’t that an article about Steiner/Waldorf education? Unless there was also one about Montessori. Will try and find a link the the article I read...

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Kabu84

https://www.mamamia.com.au/what-is-a-steiner-school/

 

This is the one that I saw about Steiner and being 2-3 years behind. Was that the one you saw?

We’ll still be sending our daughter to our local Steiner school for preschool (no Montessori here).

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EPZ

I’ve seen that one, there are another but it was referring to children moving during primary school years. (Not from Pre-school.)

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