Primary Montessori Training - 1 academic year format - 1:00-5:30 every week day:
- $9000 - training center itself - in the form of a 1.76-3.8% variable rate loan
- $1000 - Rental truck to move across country, including gas
- $3000 - ultimate out-of-pocket cost for 9 months of full-day childcare after state assistance kicked in (Montessori school)
- $300 - incidentals (paper, ink, binders, etc.)
- can't measure - the cost of closing a profitable in-home childcare, working part-time (3-5 hours a morning as an aide with hours added as the year went on) only in the last 7 months (the original aide was a single woman, not a mother, responsible, also in the training with me - she continually called me to sub for her the morning that the weekly assignments were due since hers weren't done; when she finally put in two weeks notice because she couldn't work and do the training, the directress/guide wanted to hire me, but the school board wondered how a single MOTHER could manage to work and go to school if a single WOMAN couldn't; they ultimately hired me and more hours were slowly added because I COULD do it.)
- Not included: expenses we would have had anyway (food, etc.). Although food costs went up because I was purchasing bulk food and receiving money from the Federal Food Program for the daycare I had; now we were on our own and buying in smaller quantities - the prices goes up per person.
Elementary Montessori Training - 3 summer format - 8-hours each day:
- $9000 - training center itself - in the form of a graduate loan through Loyola in Maryland - 6.8%
- $20,000 - graduate credit at Loyola towards a Master's in Education-Montessori - in the form of same graduate loan - 6.8%
- $5,250 - housing for all summers combined
- $750 - materials available on-site at a steep discount (or unavailable elsewhere)
- $400 - incidentals (paper, ink, binders, etc.) - cost went up due to twice as much paper, and they wanted it re-printed a few more times.
- $900 - summer camp cost for the weeks my son was with me
- Not included: two weekend seminars (I did not attend); travel expenses between training center, where my son was a portion of each summer and where we live/d, other living expenses we would have had anyway.
- can't measure: time away from my son. With primary we were together every day, if not every hour of the day. With elementary, he went to family for weeks at a time.
- also can't measure: the emotional impact of the severe
discrimination faced as a practicing/believing Christian (and a Catholic
to boot!), a homeschooler (egads) and a woman who can get things done
without whining about everyone else in the room (about 1/3 the group was constantly picking on everyone else). The constant re-writes
of album pages because I kept Christian statements in the stories where
they said "you can modify this to suit your own beliefs" - well, I am a
Christian, so I will "modify" by keeping the Christian statements,
thank you. Nope, that was apparently the wrong thing to do. And the
constant apologies for the Christianity of Montessori were beyond just
rolling one's eyes and ignoring it - it was downright cruel to Maria
Montessori. Another training center may have been more respectful. (all those re-writes, and they couldn't catch actual safety typos - like typing the wrong chemical name for a demonstration).
In elementary, I was bit by either a tic or a spider - severe bulls-eye rash that wrapped around my leg. The doctor gave me a strong antibiotic for it - that I ended up sensitive to. Unable to focus while on it, severely motion sick (threw up several times on the way to the training center from the place we were staying), and unable to eat well within the first few hours of taking the twice daily dose. I had tiny windows of opportunity to get something in that would stay down. Finished the 10-day run and am hoping it wasn't a tic, so I don't have to worry about Lyme's Disease (so far, so good!).