Changing from Montessori preschool

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whinywine Thu 18-Jul-13 10:22:15

DS is 3.6 and is just coming to the end of his first year at a Montessori preschool. He's quite a sensitive boy, and has never really joined in with the group activities, but (from what I gather) enjoys the activities that he does do, playing with the Montessori equipment as well as the usual toys. He's never been particularly happy with going there, but in recent months he has been getting worse and worse when I go to leave - now he cries a lot and clings to me, which he never used to do. He is really unhappy about going.
I'm thinking of taking him out of the preschool, and finding somewhere else for him to try. But I'm a bit concerned that other places might be too overwhelming for him, as they'll be busier and noisier. He doesn't cope too well with noise, which was why I felt the Montessori environment would really suit him. I'm really torn on what to do.
Just after some pearls of wisdom really - should we try to stick it out? He's about to have 6 weeks off so we'll have to start again anyway. But the other local preschools around here are likely to be full if we waited until next term.
Part of me wonders if I should just take him out altogether and wait until he's 4. He doesn't 'need' to go, as I'm a SAHM, but with a baby to look after as well it's more for my benefit that he goes.
Any advice welcome...

colafrosties Thu 18-Jul-13 21:33:46

Hi, not sure if I have any pearls of wisdom, but I think in the situation you've described, I would feel inclined for DS to take a break from the Montessori preschool, say for a term, and then consider re-starting in a few months, maybe just a couple of sessions a week if that's possible, and see how it goes. I know it's not easy to find the ideal place especially in areas where there is high demand, but I personally don't feel that at age 3 a child needs to be at school or nursery every day. I also have a DS similar age to yours.

kimmills222 Sat 20-Jul-13 05:58:02

I agree with colafrosties, give him a break, let him stay with you at home and then restart the sessions gradually. You are a stay at home Mom so you can do this, right?

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