Daniel L. on BirdEye
6 years ago
08/12/2015, 13:45 PM
The Montessori philosophy and the patience and intelligence of the teachers at Riverside helped our son, Matthew, adjust to working and playing with children his own age. He began his first year at RSM in 2014, age two-and-a-half, a highly verbal, strong-willed toddler who was very amiable with adults and older children but shunned his peers, especially when it came to group activities. By the end of the academic year he had learned the lessons of finishing work he started, cleaning up after himself and understanding the importance of courtesy toward others. Socially, it took a long time for him to become comfortable with the morning circle, and it must be said he was still at the bottom of the class in working on projects with other kids. But in this nurturing environment he did make a few close friends, the most valuable thing of all.
At some point, of course, you must embrace a kid's personality for what it is -- Matthew seems much more likely to study music than to join a soccer team, for example -- but at the same time, try to ensure he can navigate a world full of other people. In our experience, Riverside Montessori understands this balance very well.