Amanda Vogel, M.A.E.

I was finally able to sit down and gather my thoughts on Mi Sol. This is something I have really wanted to do because we are so immensely impressed with Mi Sol. When my husband and I set out to find a pre-school for our daughter, we had very high aspirations. Since her education is one of our highest priorities.

From our very first visit to Mi Sol, we knew we had found our perfect fit. The Spanish immersion at Mi Sol attracted us right from the start. It is wonderful to know that the children truly were conversing in Spanish. What an amazing skill for our girl to learn, and what a perfect age to learn it! Once our daughter got started, however, what amazed us even more was the love that was shown to her. Each morning, she is greeted with open arms and a smiling face by a caring adult. Every day, her teachers maintain an unparalleled enthusiasm while also paying attention to her individual needs and progress. I never feel uncomfortable asking questions and I feel that her teachers continually take the time to fully address her needs. As we fell into a routine last school year at Mi Sol, I was quite excited to come and visit for the Mother’s Day celebration. I knew I was totally amazed by this place, and I was curious to see how other parents felt as well. Throughout that morning, I spoke with many different parents. We discussed how our children really were learning skills, speaking Spanish, and being nurtured. The same sentiment was shared again and again: “there’s just something about this place.” During that same visit, I saw something else that amazed me. At one point during the morning, all of our children were allowed to show us their work in an unstructured format. Each child carefully selected a task, set it up next to their parent, and demonstrated their work without anyone orchestrating the event. At one point, I looked up and around the room to see at least fifteen different children all happily sharing their work with their parents. In one small classroom thirty different individuals were all very busy, yet the noise level was lower than my one child can make at home. As the months have continued, I continue to see the benefits of a Montessori education in my child. At first, I was quite impressed when her teachers taught her to put on her own coat and shoes. Since then, I have seen her develop so many other skills. In addition to her speaking Spanish, I see her skills changing dramatically. She has improved her fine motor skills so much that she just adores drawing and I can barely keep her away from her art desk. I most appreciate this when other parents cannot believe how patient and independent my daughter is in her play. Recently, at a friend’s birthday party, all of the small children were allowed to paint picture frames. While all of the other children finished this task in a couple minutes, my daughter sat diligently for over a half hour, painstakingly perfecting her frame and covering every inch. The parents around us could not believe her patience, and I happily gave the credit to her Mi Sol education. Mi Sol is truly an amazing place, and I am so grateful we have found it! Have a great day and thanks as always for taking such good care of our girl!

 
  • December 24, 2014

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