We have had at least one child in Alpha Montessori since 2014. Our oldest is now in elementary school, and the foundation she got in Alpha has helped her to excel years later. Our daughter was a very shy 18 month old when she started at Alpha. I don’t think she uttered a word for the first month she was there. Her teachers were so patient with her; letting her adjust at her own pace, and she blossomed at Alpha. We love how she was taught to her strengths, at her own speed, using her interests to guide her.
The teachers at Alpha allow all the students to learn at their own levels; the class doesn’t have to learn the same things at once. The teachers know exactly where every child is learning and can easily juggle the workload. And because of that, our daughter was empowered to learn more. Even now, while she is in elementary school, she is doing school work well above her grade level (her teacher is having trouble finding advanced enough lessons for her). I give the credit for that to Alpha Montessori. She was never taught that there was an arbitrary cap to the school work her age group could learn or that there is only one way (“the right way”) to learn. Alpha fostered a challenging and fun learning environment and used her natural learning tendencies to shape her lessons.
When it was time to put our youngest in daycare, we knew we wanted him to go to Alpha Montessori, too. He has a very different personality and even learns differently than his sister. Still, the teachers and environment at Alpha have helped him to grow and learn tremendously. One of our favorite things about Alpha is the independence our children gain from going there. They want to be able to do things for themselves, and aren’t satisfied with having everything handed to them or done for them.
As parents, we also enjoy all the events and camaraderie at Alpha; the Cultural Parade is one of our favorite events throughout the year. (It’s very tasty, too!) Its nice to be able to interact with the parents of our children’s’ classmates and friends.