Testimonials from Parents of LMP Graduates
We have had three children at Leitrim Montessori Preschool — our oldest graduating two years ago — so we’ve had the opportunity to see Jack transition to public school. I will never forget Jack coming home after two weeks in Grade 1 and telling us, “Mom, Grade 1 is easier than graduating class at Montessori!”
That experience made us realize that it was essential we keep our girls, Amelia and Madeline, at LMP for a third year so that they could also benefit from being part of the graduating class. This year we’ve seen their abilities blossom as they proudly show us how they read, demonstrate their skip counting and sing us songs they learned in French.
We believe Jack received an enormous head start at LMP in core areas, such as reading and mathematics which has enabled him to excel in school these past two years. I firmly believe that the confidence Jack gained in his academic abilities during his graduating year at LMP is the root of his enjoyment of school.
No doubt, keeping the twins in for a third year was a financial commitment, but it is one we were glad to make. We firmly believe that this time at LMP – a positive, nurturing, caring environment – is an investment in Amelia and Madeline’s future by establishing in them a love for learning.
Sean & Dyan Conrad
Both of my daughters, now ages 10 and 8 attended Leitrim Montessori Preschool beginning at 3 years of age. I feel that this was a great way to start their years of education and socialization. This school provided them with a loving environment that was essential for their first experience being separated from mommy. We were continually updated and aware of their challenges and achievements. The school was amazing in their communication with us. We were never left in the dark about our child’s interactions. The teachers are very gentle and loving… When we left Leitrim Montessori to enter a private school at Grade One, both girls were well-equipped and prepared. Their teachers commented on their good manners and attention span. They also noted that they both were very strong in their reading. This is where I have seen the greatest benefit. A strong foundation in reading and comprehension has allowed them to advance in every area of their grade level. This also helped to build their confidence in their new environment. As far as a school community goes, there is no better one out there. The staff are just amazing. They are gentle with the children and so attentive. They provide a safe environment to allow children to discover learning and to find their own interests. They are encouraging as well as equipped to spot any early indications of learning disabilities or concerns. We have and still continue to recommend Leitrim Montessori Preschool to our friends.
-Stewart and Tammy Hum
We are so pleased to have had our daughter attend Leitrim Montessori Preschool. She attended the program for three years from age3 to 6. Her personal development during that time was exponential and remarkable to us, her parents. We believe wholeheartedly that so much of her growth is due to the loving, stimulating, safe and engaging environment at Leitrim Montessori. The teachers were supportive and connected. They treated each child as a special individual while facilitating both collective and self-initiated learning. My daughter’s continued capacity to integrate new material effectively, stems directly from the skills she was taught at Leitrim Montessori. The benefits of starting off in that environment and leaving with a solid base, we believe, will keep her in good stead in her academic endeavours in the years to come. We definitely look forward to providing our infant son with the same opportunity in a couple of years.
Dan and I would like to take a moment to thank everyone at Leitrim Montessori Preschool for everything that was done for our daughter Rhys. In the 3 years that Rhys spent at Leitrim Montessori, she learned many things, but most importantly made good friends with everyone; even though it has now been 3 years since Rhys graduated, she still talks about her ‘first school’ and all the fun that she had while she was there. We believe that this was the ideal way to start off Rhys’ education and the beauty of it all was that she learned to love school so much. The teachers in Grade 1 at Rhys’ elementary school all commented on how well she behaved in class and reached out to help others when they didn’t understand the lessons; such was the self-confidence that started with Leitrim Montessori.
-Dan and Candace Haug
Naya graduated from Leitrim Montessori Preschool to Ottawa Montessori School and the transition went very smoothly. The confidence, social skills and thirst for knowledge that was so carefully nurtured at Leitrim Montessori allowed her to fit right in and excel from day one at OMS. We are both so glad Naya was able to attend Leitrim Montessori Preschool.