Montessori Shir-Hashirim

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Our son spent 3 years at MSH and we have now enrolled our daughter there as well. We have found it to be a warm, stimulating, exciting environment that produces happy children. Both of our kids talk about how much they love their teachers

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Our son spent 3 years at MSH and we have now enrolled our daughter there as well. We have found it to be a warm, stimulating, exciting environment that produces happy children. Both of our kids talk about how much they love their teachers

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The reputation of this preschool for excellence is well deserved. \r
The campus (Berendo) is remarkable inside and out. Outside: the playground is well kept, roomy and secure. Inside: The entire learning environment is just

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The reputation of this preschool for excellence is well deserved. \r
The campus (Berendo) is remarkable inside and out. Outside: the playground is well kept, roomy and secure. Inside: The entire learning environment is just

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Words cannot express how in awe I am of this gem of a preschool. My son loves it and so do my husband and I! In fact, we love the school so much that we drive our son every day from Beverly Hills to Hollywood so that he can attend.

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★★★★★

Words cannot express how in awe I am of this gem of a preschool. My son loves it and so do my husband and I! In fact, we love the school so much that we drive our son every day from Beverly Hills to Hollywood so that he can attend.

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Our daughter went to MSH for 4 years -- 3 for preschool and 1 for kindergarten. She absolutely loved it, as did her parents. The school was one of the best things that ever happened to our child, and we were all sorry to have to move

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Our daughter went to MSH for 4 years -- 3 for preschool and 1 for kindergarten. She absolutely loved it, as did her parents. The school was one of the best things that ever happened to our child, and we were all sorry to have to move

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Words cannot express how in awe I am of this gem of a preschool. My son loves it and so do my husband and I! In fact, we love the school so much that we drive our son every day from Beverly Hills to Hollywood so that he can attend.

I had been planning to write a review for some time, but after this week's events I can't write it fast enough! Every day my son goes to school happy and excited about the adventures that await him. He comes home talking about painting, water jobs, puzzles, letters, numbers and continents, but also about baking raisin bread and sharing it with his friends, gardening and how fast the fruits and vegetables are growing, or how he is a sheep in the next school play. Some of his experiences he loves so much he tries to recreate them at home; so he will show me a yoga pose he did that day ("try it mommy"), recite a Chinese rhyme (mommy isn't so good at these), do the gestures to a French song (I try!) or show me what a whole, a half and a quarter note look like and how those make up the rhythm of a song ("clap with me mommy"). Other times he will tell me how he played outside with his friends with Legos and trains (his favorite) or with the ride-on cars and bicycles.

Needless to say, our son is having a fabulous time at school! But the event that triggered me to finally write this review occurred earlier this week when he came home with a list of 3-letter words that he had written himself and that he couldn't wait to read to me(!). Although my son has always been interested in letters and how they sound, the fact that he is reading and writing even simple words at only 3.5 years old shocked me. This also shows another strength of the school. Certain activities are done in group, other activities are done individually with only assistance from the teachers as needed, and others still are done 1 on 1 with a teacher who will sit with a child and focus on something challenging that the child likes to do (e.g. phonetics, counting, complex puzzles etc.). This provides an environment where each child is able to learn at his or her own pace, and allows children to excel at the things they are interested in while encouraging them to develop a well-rounded set of skills.

Even more important, the school places great focus on helping the children to build critical social skills. Our son is understanding the concept of sharing, taking turns and has even developed some conflict resolution skills (e.g. talking through a conflict, compromising, etc.). The older children ??mentor? the younger ones throughout this process and, as a result, our son has many friends at the school (of all ages).

This cooperative atmosphere extends beyond the children. The parent community at this school is a community in which you are welcomed with open arms, whether you are a parent of a child in his or her first year at the school or a parent of a child in his or her final year. Not only does this make after-school activities easy and fun, it results in great friendships. We have even vacationed with other families from the school!

The director of the school is a visionary who has developed a program that encourages the children to have fun while learning and honing their social skills. Most importantly, the program infuses in the children a love for learning and a sense of independence and accomplishment. All of this is implemented by the director herself as well as a stellar group of teachers. They are all very knowledgeable and loving (often, our son is greeted at the door with a hug).

Montessori Shir Hashirim offers a safe, welcoming environment in which the children can learn and play. And it works! The social development, the education, the independence and the exposure to so many different topics are second to none and provide a perfect start in life!

This preschool is a jewel!

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★★★★★

Words cannot express how in awe I am of this gem of a preschool. My son loves it and so do my husband and I! In fact, we love the school so much that we drive our son every day from Beverly Hills to Hollywood so that he can attend.

I had been planning to write a review for some time, but after this week's events I can't write it fast enough! Every day my son goes to school happy and excited about the adventures that await him. He comes home talking about painting, water jobs, puzzles, letters, numbers and continents, but also about baking raisin bread and sharing it with his friends, gardening and how fast the fruits and vegetables are growing, or how he is a sheep in the next school play. Some of his experiences he loves so much he tries to recreate them at home; so he will show me a yoga pose he did that day ("try it mommy"), recite a Chinese rhyme (mommy isn't so good at these), do the gestures to a French song (I try!) or show me what a whole, a half and a quarter note look like and how those make up the rhythm of a song ("clap with me mommy"). Other times he will tell me how he played outside with his friends with Legos and trains (his favorite) or with the ride-on cars and bicycles.

Needless to say, our son is having a fabulous time at school! But the event that triggered me to finally write this review occurred earlier this week when he came home with a list of 3-letter words that he had written himself and that he couldn't wait to read to me(!). Although my son has always been interested in letters and how they sound, the fact that he is reading and writing even simple words at only 3.5 years old shocked me. This also shows another strength of the school. Certain activities are done in group, other activities are done individually with only assistance from the teachers as needed, and others still are done 1 on 1 with a teacher who will sit with a child and focus on something challenging that the child likes to do (e.g. phonetics, counting, complex puzzles etc.). This provides an environment where each child is able to learn at his or her own pace, and allows children to excel at the things they are interested in while encouraging them to develop a well-rounded set of skills.

Even more important, the school places great focus on helping the children to build critical social skills. Our son is understanding the concept of sharing, taking turns and has even developed some conflict resolution skills (e.g. talking through a conflict, compromising, etc.). The older children ??mentor? the younger ones throughout this process and, as a result, our son has many friends at the school (of all ages).

This cooperative atmosphere extends beyond the children. The parent community at this school is a community in which you are welcomed with open arms, whether you are a parent of a child in his or her first year at the school or a parent of a child in his or her final year. Not only does this make after-school activities easy and fun, it results in great friendships. We have even vacationed with other families from the school!

The director of the school is a visionary who has developed a program that encourages the children to have fun while learning and honing their social skills. Most importantly, the program infuses in the children a love for learning and a sense of independence and accomplishment. All of this is implemented by the director herself as well as a stellar group of teachers. They are all very knowledgeable and loving (often, our son is greeted at the door with a hug).

Montessori Shir Hashirim offers a safe, welcoming environment in which the children can learn and play. And it works! The social development, the education, the independence and the exposure to so many different topics are second to none and provide a perfect start in life!

This preschool is a jewel!

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Montessori Shir Hashirim is an amazing place for kids. It emphasizes the arts and literature, and it is not at all unusual to see a four year old in the school plays reciting Shakespeare. The school leaves the teaching to professional,

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Montessori Shir Hashirim is an amazing place for kids. It emphasizes the arts and literature, and it is not at all unusual to see a four year old in the school plays reciting Shakespeare. The school leaves the teaching to professional,

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I am a very unhappy parent of a child at Shir Hashirim Montessori, and have posted a similar review elsewhere on other websites. I think that my experience was particularly unhappy, and of course one should not base a decision about their child's education based on a single internet post, but I would really encourage parents to invest a lot of thought and consult with others carefully before deciding to send their child to this school.

This school has wonderful facilities and is beautiful. It also has enrichment programs that appear spectacular -- from Spanish to Karate to Dance to Computer Classes. In short, everything appears great on the outside.

It is the inside that is the problem. The school is extraordinarily rigid in its discipline -- i.e., if your child talks out of turn, they may be made to sit sobbing in a chair while watching the other children eat lunch, etc.

The teachers and director are also extremely unwilling to discuss issues with the parents and essentially believe that they have no responsibility to communicate with parents whatsoever. The first time you hear about a behavioral issue may be when your child is being kicked out of the school, which the school will also do on a hair trigger.

There is also a cruelness about the place. In our experience there, not once did we receive a word from a teacher about a single accomplishment of our child, or a single nice story about any achievement of our young child.

Although we are not certain, we believe that the teachers were consistently yelling at children, and we know, for a fact, they admit to raising their voices often. The children are very silent and well behaved, but one wonders at what cost.

For some children, this school does seem to work well. Our child was frankly miserable there, however, and would come home and start sobbing at the end of the day, crying because she had been made to feel so isolated and did not want to return. Be very careful in selecting it for your young child.

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★★☆☆☆

I am a very unhappy parent of a child at Shir Hashirim Montessori, and have posted a similar review elsewhere on other websites. I think that my experience was particularly unhappy, and of course one should not base a decision about their child's education based on a single internet post, but I would really encourage parents to invest a lot of thought and consult with others carefully before deciding to send their child to this school.

This school has wonderful facilities and is beautiful. It also has enrichment programs that appear spectacular -- from Spanish to Karate to Dance to Computer Classes. In short, everything appears great on the outside.

It is the inside that is the problem. The school is extraordinarily rigid in its discipline -- i.e., if your child talks out of turn, they may be made to sit sobbing in a chair while watching the other children eat lunch, etc.

The teachers and director are also extremely unwilling to discuss issues with the parents and essentially believe that they have no responsibility to communicate with parents whatsoever. The first time you hear about a behavioral issue may be when your child is being kicked out of the school, which the school will also do on a hair trigger.

There is also a cruelness about the place. In our experience there, not once did we receive a word from a teacher about a single accomplishment of our child, or a single nice story about any achievement of our young child.

Although we are not certain, we believe that the teachers were consistently yelling at children, and we know, for a fact, they admit to raising their voices often. The children are very silent and well behaved, but one wonders at what cost.

For some children, this school does seem to work well. Our child was frankly miserable there, however, and would come home and start sobbing at the end of the day, crying because she had been made to feel so isolated and did not want to return. Be very careful in selecting it for your young child.

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This school has wonderful facilities and is beautiful. It also has enrichment programs that appear spectacular -- from Spanish to Karate to Dance to Computer Classes. In short, everything appears great on the outside.\r
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It is the

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This school has wonderful facilities and is beautiful. It also has enrichment programs that appear spectacular -- from Spanish to Karate to Dance to Computer Classes. In short, everything appears great on the outside.\r
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It is the

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we were invited to observe the slassroom and we stayed for about 2 hours.
We were able to see the Yoga and the music classes held by very impressive professional teachers making it fun as well as instructional.
The classroom is very well and carefuly set up.
The materials are all new and the variety of choices is impresive.
All the children seemed very happy to be there and the teachers are professional and loving.
The principal is very knowledgeable and patient, she took a lot of time to show us the school and helped us understand the philosophy.
we have a lot of friends that have their children in the school and just rave about it.

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we were invited to observe the slassroom and we stayed for about 2 hours.
We were able to see the Yoga and the music classes held by very impressive professional teachers making it fun as well as instructional.
The classroom is very well and carefuly set up.
The materials are all new and the variety of choices is impresive.
All the children seemed very happy to be there and the teachers are professional and loving.
The principal is very knowledgeable and patient, she took a lot of time to show us the school and helped us understand the philosophy.
we have a lot of friends that have their children in the school and just rave about it.

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We visited this school and it was unbelievable. Beautiful, peaceful. The children were doing very advanced work and seemed happy. It is a VERY Montessori school (as some are more than others). However, in 2006, it was $1300 a month....not including summer! Sorry guys. We have to eat.

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We visited this school and it was unbelievable. Beautiful, peaceful. The children were doing very advanced work and seemed happy. It is a VERY Montessori school (as some are more than others). However, in 2006, it was $1300 a month....not including summer! Sorry guys. We have to eat.

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