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My son was there 9 months starting at 20 months. The space is nice, philosophy great, and the approach, attitude and child development/world view seemed warm and measured. But, do not be fooled. A conversation can go from bad to worse quickly, and statements become inconsistent, defensive, and there's quick inference that any problems are a result of bad parenting, and worse, frustrations are transferred to the child. I was told, including some in front of my barely 2 year old son, that he has "attachment issues", was "whiny by nature", had social issues, and that "damage control" was necessary. He cried for months at a time at drop off, and never has at his new school. He gets glowing reviews there. I had to show initial e-mail communications to preserve the agreement to stop from being charged more (3 times). When we gave notice to leave, based on the agreement, we expected four weeks of tuition be kept, however, the entire deposit was instead kept making it effectively 6 weeks notice which could have easily been almost 8 weeks! I also learned my son and I were spoken about in frustration to other families. Others left there while we were, I expect also with bad experiences.
Homey Montessori Preschool. My daughter started here a year ago and we have had a very positive experience! It was hard for her to adjust socially, but the Educators and other children are very welcoming. My daughter loves the process-oriented learning: planting seeds, watching them grow, then cooking with the vegetables they planted. They also do yoga and dance, art, baking (mainly vegan), songs, working in the garden and French. I was also very impressed with little gatherings to celebrate birthdays and some holidays such as Mother's and Father's day where all the parents convene and have brunch and receive a craft done by our children. On summer solstice they made flower crowns! The Educators are well-rounded in a variety of teaching and my daughter has learned a lot from social skills to arithmetic. All in all, a great school where my daughter feels as comfortable as at home.
We love Picfair Village Montessori Preschool of the Arts! It's small, super sweet, and offers art, yoga, gardening, music, and Montessori-based materials and instruction. The play yard is an awesome, little wonderland, the whole place is full of joy. The kids get lots of individual attention, and I love even the small things, like how the kids get involved in making their own play dough, or baking muffins with bananas from their own tree! It's located in a bright, beautiful home and run by founder/director Shama Minwalla, a truly amazing, patient teacher. Lindsay, her assistant and second teacher is fantastic too and our son loves them both. We started here this past August, and our son, and we, couldn't be happier. It's truly a little-known treasure.
This school is an extremely special place. The setting is a beautifully restored home that's bright, organized, and comfortable, and it's right in our neighborhood! My daughter began when she was 2 years, four months old, and while I was hesitant about having her "leave the nest," it was obvious after only a couple of days that she was more than ready to go out and interact with other children on a daily basis and in a structured way. She quickly gained a strong sense of ownership and pride in her new space and the materials, and she formed friendships through songs, books, her "work," outdoor activities, tending a garden, practicing yoga, art, and more. The Director is warm, experienced, and well-versed in the Montessori approach. It was truly amazing to see our daughter's confidence, helpfulness, energy, and learning grow tremendously in less than a year. Really remarkable. We feel so grateful to have found this school.
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