Name: Emily L.
My daughter started at OMS right after she turned 2. BOTH of us were a little nervous at first, but our teachers, Miss Esther, Miss Cindy and Miss Vanessa, helped us through the transition. Now, she is all smiles and high-fives when I drop her off, and that puts me at ease. During those first couple of weeks, I got daily updates from Miss Esther on Class Dojo (an app that connects parents with teachers), and she always answered my questions no matter how late it was, and helped not only my daughter, but also myself, adjust to preschool. 🙂 After the summer session ended, my daughter’s class got a new teacher, Miss Vanessa, who is also wonderful, and has continued the warm, compassionate and thoughtful care of my daughter and her friends/classmates. My daughter still has occasional difficult mornings, but Miss Vanessa and Miss Cindy always have a good attitude about it and give her lots of hugs and reassurance. Miss Vanessa now updates me weekly with photos and with my daughter’s progress on Class Dojo. I love being able to directly communicate with her through this tool.
My daughter has definitely blossomed since she started at OMS. She went from saying a few words to now speaking full sentences and even being able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance by memory, However, it is not all about memorizing. She now knows how to sound out letters and words, and has gained communication skills that help her navigate typical playground politics. I am a big fan of the Montessori philosophy and love seeing her develop self confidence and abilities through self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.
The school also provides access to extra-curricular activities such as dance and My Gym, which is extremely convenient for a working parent like myself. Basically, the classes come to the school, and for an extra fee, your child can participate during the school day. That means no additional drop-off or pick-up at another location after school.
I love walking though the classroom each morning to find a gallery of work created by my daughter and her classmates. Our teachers put so much effort and time into not only doing activities with the children, but also decorating the class with the students’ work. I am always impressed. I feel having the work presented in such a way makes my daughter feel proud of what she is learning and creating, and also proud of her class environment.
OMS also celebrates cultural diversity and holidays with lots of special activities and even shows.
Thanks to Miss Cindy and Miss Vanessa for potty training my daughter. I give them full credit for getting her out of diapers just after the age of 2. On one busy morning, my daughter had an accident on the way to school (because I forgot to take her to the bathroom before we left for school. Ugh! My fault.) My daughter needed a full change of clothes, and when we finally arrived in the classroom, Miss Cindy volunteered to take care of her. She is the best!
Finally, Miss Fiona, the school’s director, is a great leader and sets the tone for the rest of the school. She knows each student by name, and although I have not had much one-on-one interaction with her, I know she is a good role model for the teachers and the students.