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We faced issues in pretty much all the areas that are pointed out in the other review and were centered around the director and owner/teacher Shama. Prior to enrollment, there was a fa ade of great understanding, flexibility, individualized attention, open door policy, discounted rates and cordial and pleasant conversations. This quickly changed post enrollment. We remained uncomfortable and confused during our stay, as there were experiences of psychological coercion, intimidation, manipulation, guilt-tripping, passive aggression, followed with good days when pleasantries were exchanged, progress was made. Shama is the main teacher and she has one assistant. We also saw a frustration and loss of patience by the teacher as the school's enrollment started rising. one day mid-March, while her assistant was out sick for a couple of days, she demanded us to start picking up our child at noon, and to end our stint as soon as possible. Our last encounter with her was an inexplicable, bizarre and most humiliating experience we have witnessed in real life, accompanied with drama, threats, intimidation and agitation, all to ensure we never come back or ask for a pro-rated refund.
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.
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