Imagine South Slope Montessori
Welcome to the NEW 2018 Kids Group!D. was going to Imagine South Slope Montessori before the pandemic started; it’s a teeny little Spanish immersion school in the BAX building (Fran is from Argentina so we’re a bilingual household) and we LOVE it. They closed in March but reopened this fall and we started sending him back a few weeks ago, a hard choice but they are doing a great job with ventilation and safety and all the kids wear their masks all day, which really surprised me.
Do you know about the Imagine South Slope Montessori school?I’ll add that I’ve found it to be an incredibly warm place that understands the changing needs of individual families and children. I really love how responsive they are to each student’s interests and needs from moment to moment. It is such a special place and as someone who was extremely hesitant about sending my daughter to any program I can say that it’s been 100 percent the right choice. My daughter loves it there. They were very sensitive to the fact that this was her first time in any kind of program without me. She’s learning a lot and is happy to go. Im happy to share any more info if it’s helpful. Good luck with your search.
Do you know about the Imagine South Slope Montessori school?Our 2-year-old daughter attends South Slope Montessori and we have been beyond happy with it. I have so much good to say that I don’t even know where to begin. I’ll cover some basics but feel free to reach out with any specific questions. Edith, the owner and head teacher, is an educator with over a decade of experience. All teachers are proficient in Spanish, natively and professionally. They have a true Montessori approach with different activities available in the classroom and the kids all floating from one to the next. Our girl likes to paint and play with water, and she can do that every day there if she wants to. If she sees older kids doing something a little more advanced, they let her take a stab at it too, at her own pace. The teachers gently guide the kids to get them started, then they step back. They have an visiting instructor who teaches music and movement classes (once a week for each). Our daughter has learned new songs from her already and I can tell she looks forward to it. The other kids and parents are lovely people and we’ve enjoyed meeting them all. Some speak Spanish at home (like us), some don’t, but we all share the interest in the language and the educational approach. The location was another consideration for us. They have a classroom in the BAX building, which was quite convenient for us compared to other programs that I looked at. I feel so lucky that this program is walking distance for us, no need to travel any further. There’s more I could say, and maybe I will in a future post, but in the meantime please feel free to reach out with any additional questions. I also recommend joining the specialty group for Spanish-speaking families on SSP if you haven’t already. That was where I first heard of this program.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyThis program is amazing! It is run by the most incredible, loving, caring, and intuitive teachers I've ever encountered. It's the only Montessori Spanish Immersion program in the neighborhood, so if you're interested in either of those things, do yourself a favor and check it out. I love how small and intimate it is. The space is cheerful and the kids are engaged and happy to be there. It's been a wonderful fit for our incredibly independent little girl, and it's allowed her to explore all kinds of topics she's been interested in. This past year, as per her intense interest, they've worked on some anatomy and astronomy - at toddler level, of course. It's just one of the things I love about their program being play-based and child-led rather than having a formal curriculum. We love it so much, we'll be sending our second child there, even though we'll be moving and the commute will be tricky. I wish it had outdoor space, or that they did occasional field trips. Why? because I think the little ones would enjoy it, though the space is so lovely, the kids don't seem to miss it. I would have been tempted to have mine there with more hours if that had been the case.
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