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My son will be 3 this coming fall and we are interested in The Pear Tree preschool. Does anyone have a review or experience with them? Thanks! oaktownmama
Re: Pre-school w/ current opening for 3.5 yr old
An early welcome to Oakland to you. I really would recommend visiting The Pear Tree Preschool for your son. Our daughter has been attending the school for a little over 6 months. She is also a bit shy and had to adjust from parent/grandmother care to full time preschool. The transition went better than we expected. The two teachers are very loving and the school is small enough that she got the extra attention she needed those first months. She is now engaged, happy, and learning a ton. We could not be happier. In fact, we live in San Ramon and could not find a preschool we liked in this area. I work in Oakland and drop our daughter off on the way to work. We are now looking to move to Oakland to save on the commute time. Good luck with the search. We lucked out with this school. Kedar
The Pear Tree Preschool: 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Monday - Friday
Nature and Play-based Montessori
My almost 3 year old daughter started at the Pear Tree Preschool as one of its first students. We needed to know that she was going to be in a safe environment and one that would be able to work with a girl who had not yet found her voice. Literally. Our daughter had a severe stuttering problem. And she didn't start walking till she was 1 1/2.
Flash forward 6 months. My daughter no longer stutters. She talked to me about the stages of the butterfly and referred to a ''chrysalis''. I didn't even know what that was. She knows all her letters and sounds. She knows her numbers. She knows basic addition now. And she has mastered the slide.
The school is a super cute converted cottage with a Montessori Room, Play Room with a ballet bar, and a Practical Room. The two teachers have given the students the freedom to try new things while still maintaining structure and instilling the virtues of manners. Last month my daughter came back explaining the meaning of the Star of David, Hannukah, Diwali, and the Kwaanza kinara. It seems so counterintuitive, but we are leaving San Ramon for Oakland to have our daughter go to a better school.
The Pear Tree helped my daughter find her voice.
Re: Preschool in Oakland?
My daughter attends The Pear Tree Preschool in Oakland. We love it!! The teachers, students, parents and program are wonderful. There is a good mix of educational learning and emotional development. The way they teach makes my daughter want to learn-it is fun and exciting. She is learning the foundation for math, reading, science, geography, and more. I was very stressed about finding the right preschool for my daughter and I am thankful that I found The Pear Tree. It is a small and loving environment and the program is very carefully planned out-with a mix of Montessori, play based and nature based learning. You can call Michelle Hamilton to schedule an observation at 510-915-1070. Diana
The Pear Tree Preschool and Kindergarten has been a real game changer for our
family. They teach my daughter social emotional skills like taking deep breaths
when she is upset, or thinking of a solution to a problem, like asking for help,
using words instead of sounds, and taking turns with friends. Play dates away
from school have taken on a new meaning, and require much less parent
involvement in managing arguments and disputes between kids as my little one
puts her self management skills to use. Aside from these amazing skill sets that
have made my life so much easier, my daughter is also reading, doing basic
math, and making up stories with a beginning, middle, and end. She cannot
wait to go to school, adores her teachers Ms. Nana & Ms. Dara, and is growing
every day! It's also really small, only 14 kids, so it's the best of all worlds...
and nurturing, great teacher to student ratio, and a beautiful environment.
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