21 Reasons to Enroll Your Child in Pre-K at MDS

    21 Reasons to enroll your child
    at Montessori Day School of Brooklyn for Pre-K

    Every year dozens of MDS families must decide whether to keep their children at MDS for the pre-kindergarten year or move to a public pre-K program (if you’re lucky enough to get a spot).

    While for many, the decision comes down to finances, there are several other issues that could factor in to this important decision. Here we offer some thoughts that should be considered before transferring a child from MDS for the pre-K year.

    1) Does your child love and look forward to going to school everyday? If so, consider yourself lucky. Why tinker with a winning school situation during this important phase of your child’s development?

    2) Most public pre-K programs are geared for children for whom pre-K is their first school experience. Focus is on socialization. Children who have been at MDS for at least a year are already accustomed to their environment – they know their classmates and teachers. This allows them to focus on learning during the pre-K year.

    3) During the pre-k year at MDS, many of the lessons learned the previous year come together and become a permanent part of the child’s understanding. For example, we introduce children to addition with large numbers. When children leave Montessori for another pre-k program, they often lose many of those still-forming concepts because they have not had a chance to develop a complete understanding of them.

    4) The Montessori curriculum is more sophisticated than that found in most pre-K programs. Children are introduced to basic geometry and other sophisticated concepts. They also begin to read, while pre-k students in many other programs are just learning to recognize letters and numbers.

    5) As a 4 or 5 year old, your child has many opportunities to teach the younger children lessons that he learned when he was their age. Research shows that this experience has powerful benefits for both tutor and tutee.

    6) The older children regularly engage with more advanced Montessori materials.

    7) For the children who have the opportunity to spend a second year with their current teacher this allows both child and teacher to begin September right where they left off in June. The teacher knows his strengths and the areas that are presenting challenges and the child knows the routines and style of the teacher. In some cases spending the pre-k year in a new classroom is the best choice for a child. This decision is always carefully considered and input from classroom teachers, parents and the administration is part of the process.

    8) If your child goes on to another school, he will spend the first half of the year just getting used to the educational approach and the new environment.

    9) 4 and 5 year olds at MDS have a real sense of running their classroom community.

    10) At MDS, your child can continue to progress at his own pace. In traditional pre-k programs, he might have to wait while the other children catch up.

    11) Even in pre-k, MDS children are studying cultural geography and beginning to grow into global citizens.

    12) At MDS, 4 and 5 year olds work with intriguing learning materials that encourage engagement and a joy of learning.

    13) At MDS, children learn about lakes, islands, isthmuses, straits, peninsulas and other geological forms.

    14) In art at MDS, children learn about Picasso, Renoir and other famous artists in the history of the world.

    15) MDS is a warm and supportive community of students, teachers and parents. Children do not slip through the cracks!

    16) MDS consciously teaches children to be kind and peaceful.

    17) At MDS, learning is not focused on rote drills and memorization. Our goal is to develop students who internalize their experiences and can use their knowledge and skills to further their own learning in the future.

    18) MDS students learn through hands-on experience, investigation and research. They become actively engaged in their studies rather than passively waiting for and adult to introduce concepts and new ideas.

    19) MDS is consciously designed to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively.

    20) MDS students develop self-discipline and an internal sense of purpose and motivation.

    21) Historically, with the funding we receive from our partnership with the New York State Universal Pre-K program, MDS has been able to make a significant reimbursement to UPK (Pre-K qualified) children and their families. In the past three years we have remitted $3,000 to each family who has a pre-k child. Once a family has met their financial obligation to MDS for the full amount of their tuition, they will receive a reimbursement check in mid-July. Please see the Executive Director if you have questions about the reimbursement plan.

    If you still have any doubts, spend a morning observing your child’s class and compare it with a pre-k class at the school you are considering. Sit quietly and take mental notes. The differences may be subtle, but most likely they will be significant. Then project your child into the future and ask yourself how the positive differences you observed in the MDS classroom might help shape your child into the young person you hope he will become.

    The school is happy and more than willing to meet with parents who are considering the pre-k year at MDS and have questions.