Last week, we visited Owen's school for Parent Education Night. We were initally interested in it, a Catholic Montessori school, partly because it was close to our house and partly because they would take kids who hadn't turned three by Sept. 1 (his late September birthday ruled him out of most other three-year-old programs).
But the more we get to know the school, the more we love it. Parent night included Owen's teacher demonstrating the "lessons" just as she shows the kids. I won't re-write an explanation of Montessori education here, because there are plenty of places to read about it online--and no matter how much you read, it's really the kind of thing you have to see and do to understand. Suffice it to say that it's a good match for Owen educationally--he's very task-oriented--and a good match for us philosophically: not only does the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd fit our relgious values, but the teachers in general value respect, kindness, and responsibility, and they instill that in the kids.
Even though Owen had a ROUGH transition to this new environment (lots of tears at drop-off, and questions about "Why did you leave me there?" when he got home), we are glad that he is making this step. It's a big one for us as parents, too--I can't believe that I am in the position to attend teacher conferences and volunteer at school and wait in the parking lot at pick-up time. I have such vivid memories of my own parents, especially my mother, in those roles--it's weird to be on the other side of things now!