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Faye said on Jan 27, 2015 7:28 AM

I Spent yesterday visiting Montessori Schools here and in a town to the south, and am very, very grateful for the environment Jen and Emilie created at the Moab Montessori School, and the wonderful foundation they have laid for Ethan. It was remarkable how, on visiting another classroom, it was immediately clear whether it was true Montessori (or not) and how beautiful the latter tends to be. For example, one school I visited had a beautiful mobile, made of wire and painted plastic/paper/glass that could only have come from the creative mind of a child. It was unique. In contrast, another one of the schools I visited was a hybrid, and the children’s creations were clearly more guided by an adult….there is nothing wrong with that, of course, but I am still grateful that Ethan has been in an environment where his vision has been allowed to flourish. In this very busy and at times challenging transition to our new life down here, I am grateful not only for what Emilie and Jen have given Ethan, but also for what they have given me. I think of lessons I’ve learned about parenting and teaching over the last few years and find they apply to my own challenges: be patient; allow space for good, deep work; be kind to oneself and others. It is also remarkable to know that the qualities they have helped develop in Ethan--self-confidence, focus, kindness, self-control----mean that he is okay.

Taylor said on Jan 15, 2015 3:20 PM

My son first attended the Moab Montessori Center about a month before his 3rd birthday, and he stayed until we moved out of Moab almost two years later. The progress I saw in him during this time was amazing, and as selective and nervous as I had been about away-from-home care (since my son hadn't previously attended any schools or daycares), I'm so glad I chose MMC--it was incredibly beneficial for both of us! The hands-on learning methods, the appropriate structure & discipline, and the overall school environment all made such a positive difference in my son's abilities and behavior. Thank you Jen & Emilie for giving my son such a wonderful start to his education, social development, and independent growth. He tells me pretty often how much he misses his "old school." :)

Don said on Dec 12, 2014 8:27 PM

I have watched the Moab Montessori Center flourish in our community of the past four years and believe it is one of the valley's greatest assets. Both of our girls now attend the Montessori Center and each day are eager to develop their learning and interaction skills. I routinely witness the students of the Moab Montessori Center being problem solvers rather than asking questions for solutions as witnessed with traditional education practices. I routinely promote additional enrollment at the Moab Montessori Center with our daily contacts.

Stephen said on Dec 10, 2014 3:45 AM

I’ve you’ve never looked into a Montessori education you owe it to yourself (and your children) to research the method and the benefits it holds for you kids. There are many websites (including this one) that go into the details, so I won’t repeat here what’s already been written, but the truth is: Montessori kids love what they do. For me the real ‘ah-ha’ moment happened when I visited a classroom in session. To see all the children in a single room, participating in individual activities, activities that stimulate the mind and motivate the child, activities that encourage the child to want to learn, was an amazing experience. As an adult that only started enjoying the learning process in my late 20’s (and feeling like learning was ‘work’ when I was younger) I’m excited that my children can have this unique perspective. The benefits have been remarkable – both of our children have matured well beyond their years and we’re constantly being told how advanced they are for their age. They play well with others, love to read, and love to learn new things. Makes me wish I had access to a Montessori when I was a kid. If you’re considering daycare for your child you should definitely look into the MMC. The cost is equal or just slightly more than just daycare and you get a phenomenal education for your kid as well.

Marva Lewis said on Sep 19, 2014 1:12 AM

Both of my children attended the Moab Montessori Center for preschool and kindergarten. What I love about the MMC and the Montessori method is that children are encouraged to explore and learn in a variety of ways that give them confidence. When children have confidence in their ability to learn and do things for themselves, they will be able to succeed in all that they do at school. Through their experiences at the MMC, both of my children gained the academic and social skills needed to thrive when they entered first grade in the public school.

Erica said on Jun 27, 2014 2:21 AM

I want to thank the Moab Montessori Center for all that it has done for my son. In the two years he has attended the school I have watched him transform into an independent, intelligent, polite, inquisitive and fun-loving little man. He has skills I never thought a 3 year old could possess and the pride in his accomplishments and excitement he has for school makes me a very happy parent. I can't wait to start my younger boy in the toddler program this fall!

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