The pressure of school

March 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm (Brody)

We had a mandatory meeting for “prospective parents” at a Montessori elementary school on Saturday. We are hoping to win the school lottery and have Brody accepted into this fine charter school. The experience was awesome and it is exactly the type of environment that Brody would thrive in.

I didn’t think I would be this “hippie” with my children. I went to public school – that’s good enough right? Well, turns out I am hippie when it comes to the kids. We did find out that applicants outside of the county have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting in – so we’d need to move to another county to even be considered. Since we were hoping on moving anyway, this is not a huge issue. The issue is this stupid housing market! There is no way we could sell our home right now – which means we won’t be moving to the county this school is in. I mean, miracles do happen. They do take applicants from outside the county but that is AFTER all the county people have been taken. We’ll see.

Then, Evan would be ushered in the next year – and that would be fabulous! They would also be in different rooms – so both could grow and expand without the other. That is also fabulous. There are three rooms on campus, each room holds a mixture of first, second, and third year students. Basically each teacher has their set of students until the end of third year. This is totally cool! I loved my third grade teacher, Mrs. Marion, and would have preferred her for three full years of school.

It is such a supportive environment – most parents were really concerned because there are 2 teachers and about 40 students in each room. However, they weren’t counting on the support and help that the third year students provide. The teacher we were speaking with reiterated the need for second and third year students and learning leadership skills. Ah… exactly what we are looking for.

Please keep all of your fingers and toes crossed for us. We are really hoping that Brody wins the lottery and gets admitted to the school. Evan… well he’ll probably need to go to military school – but Brody would be perfect for this school (and vice versa). Oh and it also inspired me to maybe get a few finches for the house. I was so pleasantly surprised by the sounds they make.


1 Comment

  1. Bev said,

    I’m so glad you are trying this! I’ve always been a fan of the idea of Montessori schools. I will keep my fingers crossed!

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