Benefits to this model that we have seen include extra help with teaching kids at different levels, grading is completed and returned to the student quickly, and teachers get more breaks throughout the day because they can share the workload. The downside is that your child will fall in love with two teachers instead of one.
This model of school gives us the great gift of spending more time together as a family. My kids still get a classroom experience where they work with others and learn from an experienced teacher, but they also get even more time working with our family.
Because the Montessori community is cooperative and respectful, this atmosphere helped them practice open communication with others, understand that there are multiple ideas and perspectives to consider, and that science is evolving and dynamic. There is always more to learn, new goals to strive for, and we are in a constant state of growing.
We are all doing our best, no matter what type of schooling is best for your family. I am excited for all of the schooling options that are now available. Homeschool groups, homeschool co-ops (where you can take single classes), partial-week schools, and democratic schools are just a few alternatives.
When I’ve taken our kids places in their uniforms after school around our area, people know the school and are always so lovely and polite to my boys, asking them questions about the school and talking about what they know about it.
To find a school that combined the principles of classical education, with the convenience of being a tuition-free public school was a dream come true for my family!
From the beginning, our philosophy has been to consider all options every year for each of our three children, according to particular needs at that time. All three have gone through our district’s public school since kindergarten.