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MSH accepted my not-yet-2-year old son last spring. We enrolled & gave them a deposit. Elena called us weeks later & reneged! After we had turned down other preschool acceptances! We were left with nowhere to send our son. (I've since heard of 2 other kids that they've kicked out mid-year). What happened: We went to the 1st class of our 2nd group of "parent & me" classes (accepted students). Elena called when we got home and said that our son seemed "too young & doesn't seem ready." Insane! We did the 1st 10 sessions of the "parent & me" group from Jan-March & he seemed ready enough: She accepted him! She'd known him for 10 weeks, accepted him, took our deposit, and then changed her mind! This is the worst of his behavior from that ONE day: Twice, he walked over to the door to the playground during group music class & said he wanted to play with cars outside. Also, during his "job" with beans he started to drop some beans outside of the bowl, onto the table. He threw nothing, hit nobody, had no tantrums, etc. Even if he HAD, so what!?: She agreed to take him into her school and then she reneged on her agreement! If you want to walk on eggshells, send your kids here!
The teachers at this school, including Nelida and director, Elena are truly amazing! In my few experiences needing to ask for advice on my child's behavior, I have received immediate responses, or a telephone call later that day. The insights I received lead me to believe that the teachers are connected, interested and caring about my daughter. I feel lucky everyday that my child is exposed to all the wonderful things the school's cirriculum offers. My daughter is very happy. We feel lucky to have found this excellent preschool.
Words cannot express how in awe we are of this gem of a preschool. We love the school so much that we drive our son from Beverly Hills to Hollywood so that he can attend. Every day our son goes to school excited about the adventures that await him. This school offers an impressive array of activities. Our son comes home talking about activities like puzzles, painting, water jobs, letters and numbers, as well as more complicated tasks like baking, gardening, yoga, music class, learning French, Chinese or Spanish, and also about how much fun he had playing outside with his friends. Even more important, the school places great focus on helping the children to build critical social skills (e.g. sharing, taking turns, talking through conflicts, etc.). Montessori Shir Hashirim offers a safe, loving and welcoming environment (our son is often greeted at the door with a hug) in which the children have fun while learning and honing their social skills. The social development, the education, the independence and the exposure to so many different topics are second to none and provide a perfect start in life! This preschool is a jewel!
Montessori Shir-Hasirim is by far the best preschool in LA. This is my child's 3rd and final year there and I can't tell you how hard it will be for us to leave. Over the past three years I have watched my child gain confidence and independence, patience and insight. Their inspired curriculum exposes children to music, art, and culture from around the globe. My child comes home talking about Eric Satie and Shakespeare in the same breath. Geography, science, yoga, Chinese, is all taught with the assumption that children are like sponges and if you create a rich, stimulating environment they will learn like gang busters. The staff is so dedicated and loving it is going to be tough to say good-bye.
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