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Childrens Garden Montessori5
Posted April 07, 2014
- a parent
My son LOVES this school! He barely ever cries when he sees me leave. He's happy, comfortable, and learns so many new things every week : ) the teachers are great with him, he always smiles and they are able to tell me how his individual day went and activities they've done together and how he was able to handle each activity. A happy boy makes a happy mama : D
My daughter loves, loves, loves this preschool! They are always having fun events for the kids like holiday parties and an amazing holiday presentation each year. The new lead teacher Marsha is incredible with the kids and has started a great music and movement program that really keeps the kids moving through the day. My daughter's favorite is the weekly cooking events and now she can even recognize fractions from using measurement when preparing foods! I highly recommend this preschool!
I have been working here for over a year and can say truthfully the staff here actually care about children and their individual needs. They offer a great education program where they will pay for your education and classes that have to do with child development and safety. I worked in a lot of other daycares and this is the first time they ever paid for my college classes!
My child began at this school when it was a Montessori and located off of O'Malley. At that time I'd rate it 5 stars. However a new owner and new location and I struggle to even give it 1 star. The place is a mess, it's like sending your kid to learn at Value Village. Dirty and broken supplies, ick. Supervision is minimal at best, there was one time I ended up taking a day off work because I didn't feel safe leaving my child. There is no teaching and certainly no Montessori going on. There is no schedule or routine and items are always getting lost or broken. Once my child lost his hat. Normally this isn't a big deal as kids area always losing things, but on this particular day there were only 2 kids in the class! My child also had several potty accidents because they put a big gate by the toilet and he was unable to open it and they didn't care to help. There are several good Montessori schools in town such as Anchorage Montessori, Birchwood, Children's World and Honeybee Preschool. Go to one of them, your child will thank you.
know "teachers" there & while the place has gone downhill over the last 5 yrs, it seems to be getting worse. The inspection reports are terrible, not providing paper products for kids to wash & dry, having emergency exits blocked off by ice outside & furniture inside, reports show that employees didn't have the required training hours, background checks weren't done. Just yesterday I even saw 1 of their new employees had an ad online ISO a tv/dvd combo for the school to use. I expect this means they plan on sitting the kids in front of it now. Reports also show that on several occassions kids were just wandering into other areas away from their assigned areas, with no supervision. Very disappointing.