Wednesday, August 21, 2013

End of the School Year - Bye Montessori!

Sigh. Sad to see it end, but Olivia is now going off to Kindergarten in the public school system. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. When searching for daycare for Olivia, we spent so much time to be careful to see what was the perfect fit for her. We found this gem of a school, which was first off of Maitland in an old school. We feel in love with the warmth the school had, the teachers who cared for the school, the large classrooms with big windows. Most importantly, the huge gym where Olivia could run around. At 18 months, we enrolled her in Rainbow Montessori and she has flourished ever since.

Over the years, Olivia has participated not only in the Montessori curriculum, but Kindermusic, gymnastics, martial arts, and swimming. All activities tapped into her needs and she has been so fortunate to have been exposed to these activities in a school setting. Below is her final swim of the year, in which we were allowed to join them for some pool time. Clara decided to join in too (which was her first time in a pool).

Not only did Olivia benefit from the Montessori program, William had a year in the toddler class. He spent a lot of time in the principals office however hahhhaha. He really enjoyed music class and was always a star during concerts.  Beside him is his BFF (love-hate relationship) Mya.  She's the only girl who could put him in his place. It was a tough year for William, new routines and baby at home. But he  still flourished under the Montessori program. The only thing I regret about taking him out now is that they were going to toilet-train him. Sigh. I guess I will have to do it. :0)

For Olivia's last concert she sang "Tomorrow" from Annie. Such a fitting song for the end of school.
I hope she has memories of her first school and remembers her teachers that cared and nurtured her. It was a special school, but on to new things.

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