Montessori School of Centerville
4209 Baine Ave, Fremont, CA 94536
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My two kids are going to this school for more than 3 years. My daughter started as a pre-schooler and now she goes there to kindergarten. My son goes there for pre-school. I tried couple of other schools before I got both of my kids here.
To set the expectations right – If you want your kids to have discipline and become independent of the daily activities, then this is the place. Kids do many jobs (an activity to learn to do something like blocks, water pouring, cleaning, etc…) at school and they explore what they like. I like two things about this school. Firstly, the Montessori philosophy of continuous learning and kids being independent decision makers is awesome. In today’s world, we need leaders who can act and decide right things for this society. I strongly feel the Montessori philosophy is a good way. The secondly, each teacher is a Montessori certified teacher and has lots of patience and I mean it. Each age group is divided and assigned 2-3 teachers to help them learn in every aspect. E.g. My 2 year old does more on the sensory, motor skills and my 5 year old does more of the math, science and public speaking training. The beauty is that kids don’t necessarily know that they are learning a specific skill but it’s all integrated.
One of the best transformations that I saw in my kids is how they behave at home. Simple habits like remove their shoes and socks and keep it in shoe rack or going to bathroom to wash their hands. I am really amazed on how they learn at Montessori and implement at home. Of course, every kid is different and how they learn is also different. The best part is there is no standardized teaching or in other words your kid absorbs as much as he wants to.
I appreciate all the teachers for their commitment and dedication. I truly appreciate the times when they teach and make kids practice for the spring, graduation and winter concerts. Each age group sings some songs and they practice for at least a month before the concert day. To make these kids with such small children is amazing.
Finally, I only wish that this school had the classes beyond kindergarten. We will miss the Montessori philosophy and teachers after our kids are done with kindergarten.