Well, Montessori is Not To Be the place for Charlie next year. Hubby and I had the opportunity to tour a local Montessori. While we were very impressed with the materials, devoured the "order" of everything, and fell in love with the meaningfulness of every learning tool... the cost is not going to be in our budget. Initially, it left me feeling that we were not able to provide the BEST for our son. After days of discussion and reflection, we both feel that we are going to take the pieces of the program that we love and embrace. We will try our best to implement these practices in our home in hopes that Charlie will appreciate order in the world, be respected as an individual, make connections to the outside world, be provided with real-hands-on experiences and will be loved unconditionally!!