We are totally and completely blown away by everyone we have encountered at CSM. Everyone is so committed to loving and intentionally guiding the children, and it shows in every interaction. Our previous experience wasn't "bad" per se, but the contrast between what Guides and staff do here, and what we experienced in the last setting is unbelievable. We knew the Montessori philosophy was different than traditional daycare, and that is why we decided on Montessori for our almost 3 year old daughter. But setting an intention, and delivering on that intention, day-in and day-out, are two different things. We have seen CSM deliver again, and again, and again. I'm a better parent because of things I've learned by watching guides and staff interact with our daughter and the other children. I've also benefited from ideas and suggestions her guides have directly offered as ways to promote our daughter's independence while honoring and trusting her natural developmental process. Having our daughter attend CSM is an experience and opportunity that my husband and I are grateful for every single day. She comes home and teaches us things about the natural world that we didn't know, or didn't remember! She is glad to go to school each morning and comes home beaming.
Moving here from overseas, I was concerned that our three-year-old would have a hard time fitting in. Man, am I glad we found Cool Springs Montessori. The teachers are helpful, knowledgeable and supportive, and the curriculum was exactly what my son needed. He's reading at an extraordinary level, and he's starting to break out of his social shell. Highly recommended.
As a transplant to the Nashville area, I worried about the transition our youngest would make to our new home. Crucial to his adjustment was the patient, insightful approach of Ms. Kathy and the other teachers at Cool Springs Montessori. He is thriving and learning to read much earlier than i thought he could! The school brings in art teachers and other extra curricular activities that is so beyond convenient for this working mom.
Enrolling our children at CSM has been one of the best decisions we have made in their lives thus far. While they enjoyed the school they attended prior to CSM, they are now truly thriving at CSM! They absolutely love their classes and teachers. The teachers and staff are consistent year on year and extremely dedicated. My children are not just learning at great speeds (my oldest is not even 4 and is already learning to spell) but they are also developing a LOVE of learning which is so important! My toddler is thriving in their program as well - the things he can do independently since starting at CSM is amazing. From their work, to their studies, to their playtime, to their social skills, I have seen my children grow in more ways than I could have imagined. I highly recommend this program to anyone!!
Since enrolling our 2.5 y/o in the toddler program her imagination has grown infinitely, she follows directions and initiates activities and self care without being prompted, and her vocabulary is multiplying on a daily basis. Initially she would cry when we dropped her off, and now she is so excited to go every day and see her teachers. She is constantly talking about her experiences and friends she has made at school. We plan to enroll our younger child as soon as he is eligible.
We are so lucky to have had our 6 Year Old son and now our 3 Year Old son too at CSM. The best way to explain it is that these teachers are not at the school for a paycheck....they are actually wanting to teach the children and welcome them to a loving environment. They are amazing in teaching the students / children to make the "right" decisions in the world, making them more indepedent and in helping others. My child that just began Kindergarden is doing so well and I honestly believe that at the Daycare he was at before, he would have not been so far ahead. They both grew by Leap and Bounds once starting this school and saw and continue to see great things that they are learning and experiencing
We love CSM. Our LO loves her school. She will often take us into her classroom to show us what she works on during the day. She loves getting to school in the morning. This is such a contrast to the school where she was before. We could not be more pleased with the progress our LO is making in the montessori program. The toddler program is much more calm than daycare centers. The assistants have degrees in early childhood education and more than just babysitters. We receive regular updates, photos, and videos.
We are so thankful that we chose CSM as our child's first school experience. The enthused and compassionate staff helped him have a very smooth transition from home to school. Our son has thrived in the Montessori environment and developed a true love of learning. It's such a joy to get asked "Do you know that..." questions on a regular basis! We never imagined that we would have a kindergartner excited to discuss the locations of the continents, the Ice Age, anatomy, the solar system, the voyage of Columbus and so much more! He has not only learned to read and write, but also how to turn his work into a book using his backstitching skills for binding it together! We count CSM as a blessing and will always be thankful for the incredible experience we've had there!