Farewell Montessori Children's House

I remember the day I first dropped Reuben at the Montessori Children's House. He cried, and I cried, and I could only hope that they would look after him and that he would soon learn to enjoy his time there. Today I found myself full circle, I could feel the tears welling up as I dropped him off for the last time. What got me going was that his two little friends, Sophia and Daria, were waiting at the top of the stairs for him, Sophia with a card in her hand to say goodbye.

I'm glad that we managed to find a Montessori nursery for Reuben as I thoroughly believe in it's methods. Montessori recognises that children are individuals and gives them the freedom to explore their surroundings, without dictating how things should be done. They have some wonderful materials to help them explore and I always liked how the children, aged 2-5, all share the same space allowing the little ones to learn from the bigger ones. Reuben has really enjoyed his time there and has grown from a shy little boy to one who is more socially active and confident in his surroundings.
At the end of term the leavers do their 'Butterfly Dance.' All week Reuben had been saying that he didn't want to do it, but when the time came he was happy to put on his wings and do his little circle dance in front of the other children. He received a photo book of pictures of him at the nursery, and when asked what he would miss most about Montessori he said 'Sophia and Daria'. Since becoming friends with Sophia they have played together every single day. We will do our best to keep them in touch and I can only hope that he finds a similar kind of friendship at his new school in France.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at the Montessori Children's House for looking after our boy the past couple of years. We wish you all the best and know that you will continue to enrich children's lives as they make that first step into the wider world!

Becky x

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