So I'm convinced if I don't start my kids in pre-school at exactly the right time or send them to exactly the right school, they will become dismal failures. And, let's face it, I don't want to be the mother of dismal failures. I think my therapist would be wise to point out my obsession is more about me than them. But then I'd have to fire her for insulting me in that manner which is probably why she just says things like, "Mmm-hmmm... I see..."
I've been researching The Montessori School here in Chicago and their philosophy is as such: "Montessori emphasizes self-directed activity on the part of the child and observation on the part of the educator." Ummm, okay. Well, I can observe my kids with the best of them and it won't cost me 2000 smackers per month. It also "discourages grades and tests under the premise it is damaging to the inner growth of the child." Errr, this sounds like an easy teaching gig. You observe and then don't grade. And then the scare tactic: They believe the mind is most open to learning from birth to age 6. Eeegads! They've confirmed my biggest fear -- I MUST IMMEDIATELY GET THE GIRLS INTO THE RIGHT PRE-SCHOOL OR INTO HOLLYWOOD (where I understand being stupid is okay).
Also from their web site: "At this age, children believe that they are the center of the universe and everything revolves around their wishes and whims. When they enter the Montessori environment, they quickly discover that they have to sublimate their wants and desires to those of the larger group." Montessori will in turn quickly discover my kids don't give a shit about the desires of the larger group. Not even the relatively small group consisting of their parents.
No, friends, I do believe the Montessori school may not be for us. Plus, I thought the Italians were known for their food and sexual prowess, not their smarts... On the plus side, Montessori advocates water being implemented into their teaching methods and my kids do enjoy bath time... Bath time in my house, however, is free.