As parents, one of our first decisions is where to place our child for toddler and preschool programs. What will work for our child? Is Montessori better than daycare? What about a faith-based place? Your potential choice will get you thinking months in advance of when that is.
From Day One, academically credentialed Montessori teachers work to perfect the process of teaching each child. Teachers are focused on your child and meeting your child’s needs.
Building independence by allowing children to ‘do it themselves.’
This focus on self builds pride, empathy towards classmates and individualized learning.
Within the half-day or full-day structure, the Montessori Method builds protocols and routines. Children are placed in age ranges so older kids can teach younger ones.
At our La Jolla preschool, parents make the lunchtime meal and send it with their kids. But, children take the lead from there. Children set the table mats, place the plates, silverware, and glasses.
After the meal, children are involved in the ‘clean up, pick up and put away’ process. Primary students rinse their dishes and put them in a bin. Then, they put their uneaten food back in their lunchbox to show parents what they ate and didn’t eat. There’s no trading or sharing of meals.
When a child enters La Jolla Montessori School, teachers will work with your child to achieve this first step. As such, kids wear underwear—not diapers—at school. In conjunction with you, teachers work to have your child wear underwear during the day and diapers for naptime until they are potty trained. Then, you do the same–underwear at home and diapers for sleep. Within a short while, diapers are gone!
The cost difference between a La Jolla daycare center and our La Jolla preschool is minor. The difference is how we teach. In Montessori, they do it individually. Importantly, Montessori is teaching life skills, academics and the arts in addition to child play.
At our La Jolla Montessori preschool, we teach immersive English and Spanish skills every day. In this way, we are allowing children to think in wide-ranging ways that strengthen and build other academic skills.
At our La Jolla preschool, learning about oneself, others and the world around us starts early. Via individualized teaching, children learn social, life, and language skills that will serve them well going forward. So to answer the ‘is Montessori better than daycare’ question, yes, Montessori families would definitely agree.