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Garden Gate Montessori (Walnut Creek, CA)
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I feel compelled to share our sons school with the rest of this
community because of the positive experience we've had over the
last 3 years. Garden Gate Montessori in Walnut Creek has been a
blessing to our lives in many ways. Our oldest will complete
Kindergarten there this spring, and our youngest will start this
fall. G.G. has a top quality program, amazingly caring teachers,
a gorgeous classroom and gardens, and a commitment to meeting
the needs of the WHOLE child and his/her individuality, while
stressing the respect of others. The Montessori prepared
environment is always set up immaculately, and the children have
the freedom to learn at their own pace, while supported by the
gentle encouragement of the teachers. Our son has grown in so
many ways, but I must say I am most proud of the way he has
blossomed into a caring, respectful, creative, and fair little
boy. He still has his wild and exuberant childish ways (thank
goodness), but he has balance and peace, which really do set the
foundation for learning. He has not been hurried to learn, and
now at 6, is really ready to take on the challenges of reading,
writing, and math. He has a hunger to learn, because his school
environment and teachers have given him room to grow at his own
pace. He goes to school 4 mornings per week, but there are 2, 3,
and 5 day programs available.
Looking for a preschool in the Walnut Creek area? I recommend
Garden Gate Montessori. When you first
go through the garden gate, you cannot help but feel comfortable,
as the garden is beautiful and peaceful. It invites children to
explore, play and learn. Entering the classroom, it is plain to
see the love and care that have gone into the environment. That
same love and care is taught to the children so that they will
enjoy their environment and learning to the highest degree.
I taught in preschools for 20 years from Concord to Moraga.
Before en rolling my daughter at Garden Gate I researched some
thirty schools. I went to schools that had broken toys for the
children. I went to schools that were dirty. I've worked at
schools that had a 6-8 month turn over for teachers. I've worked
with unqualified and unconcerned teachers. You will find none of
these common problems at Garden Gate Montessori. The school is
extremely well kept. The teachers are kind and devoted to the
growth of each child as an individual. For more information call
Mimi Glass at 943-7484.
--A Garden Gate Parent
My husband and I are moving to the Walnut Creek area soon, and are beginning to look at preschools for our son. We are quite unfamiliar with the area and would appreciate any recommendations for preschools to help narrow down our search. I have checked past posts in the archives but would appreciate any additional and more recent advice. Also our son is now 14 months and I have heard that some preschools require an application at least a year in advance; if you have any experience with this process I'd appreciate hearing your story. Thank you very much! Kim
The children spend lots of time in the garden, learning about and appreciating nature. Inside, they choose the activities they enjoy and learning comes naturally. They also learn to respect each other and take care of each other. Since it is a small school, the group has become like a little family.
She offers a toddler program for 2 and 3 year olds on Monday and Friday, and a pre-primary program for 3-5 year olds on T/W/Th. It is unusual to find such a high-quality part-time Montessori program, so I urge you to visit soon. Please keep in mind that many schools call themselves Montessori, but don't adhere to the true spirit of Montessori. Miss Mimi does, so don't assume that a visit to another Montessori program would be the same.
Please feel free to contact me if you'd like more information. Or you can visit the Garden Gate website at http://www.gardengatemontessori.com, or call Miss Mimi directly at 925-943-7484. Jaime
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