The Lipman School (at Univ. of Memphis)
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The Montessori program has some really important goals like teaching the toddlers patience and self-control. To achieve that, children have snacks in a small table that only sits 3 children. If a fourth children is hungry, he or she has to wait. I am not sure most parents would agree with that. There are also lengthy explanations re. the class rules in spite of the short attention scope of the toddlers and even some age inappropriate language, e.g., explanations that having to wait to use the blocks is not serious as there are ‘no broken bones’. I am not sure that is great for 3-year-olds. The Regio Emilia track does not appear to have this kind of issues, but there is a long waitlist.
They don’t give preferential treatment to kids of parents that work at the university. But there is a long waiting list. So get on that list early! We waited over a year for my son to get in and my daughter didn’t make the cut that year, so we waited another year before she got in. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. Both of my kids have gone there. It is AMAZING. Take the tour and you will see.
Everyone I know who has a child here loves it, but if you don’t work at the University, you can forget getting in. We applied a year and half in advance and did not get accepted. Fortunately, in that time I made other plans.