You were all so helpful with my earlier thread (here) that I wonder if you might humor me with one other question regarding pre-school and an HG/PG child.
We work through a lot of math, puzzle books, LoE, etc. at home. He has been going to a play-based nursery program two mornings per week, mainly for socialization and to give me a break (plus he gets a chance to get messy and I don't have to clean!).
We are considering options for next year, though. We still want to send him to a morning preschool program a few mornings per week, and then homeschool on his off days / after school in the afternoons. We definitely intend on HS'ing full time once he gets to K age (he is currently 3, so two more years given our state's age cutoff). We are pretty much done with the current nursery school -- they just aren't meeting our needs socially (he is by far the oldest in the class), and certainly not academically, and there are a lot of very active boys in the group that easily overwhelm the teacher, which leads to sensory overload for my little guy.
Two options we are considering instead:
A) A Reggio-Emilia preschool, with a big focus on hands-on art and sensory activities. No academic subjects per se, but they centre on "project-based learning" where the class decides what they want to do/study/learn and academic subjects get built into the projects. The kids in his class would be clustered closer to his age (his birthday would fall more or less in the middle of the group, and all are within a few months him).
B) A Montessori school, which follows the traditions *very* closely. They do teach academics along with "life skills", and with mixed-age classrooms (he would be among the youngest, with 3-6 year olds in the class) they claim to teach individually or in small groups to the level of each child in each subject, without regard to "grade" or age. This appeals to me not only because he's currently doing grade 1-2 math, but also because he tends to favour playing with older children and he does need to work on his fine motor skills.
I'm on the fence mainly because I think the academics would be the easier thing for me to do at home, and I could tailor every subject to his level probably better than a teacher who also has 20 other students. I do like the Montessori approach (we use RightStart and have some manipulatives), and it would probably be more challenging for him as a school environment than the Reggio school. Reggio seems harder to implement at home, and I will admit to that partially being because of the mess! But I also know how deeply he can engage with a topic that interests him, so I think Reggio could be a great thing, too.
If any of you are familiar with these two schools of pedagogy and/or have first-hand experience in terms of how your AL fared with them, I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or wisdom you could throw my way!