“Our two children both attended Little Laurels last year. It is an amazing school! Our little one was in the Toddler Room and our older child was in the Tree Preschool Room. All the teachers were amazing. We were so sad to leave Seattle and have to leave this school. It’s taken us months to find something comparable in our new home area. The teachers are all warm and welcoming to the children. The space is calm and peaceful (most of the time – children do get to run around and scream a bunch from time to time). Our older child regularly came home with wonderful stories of what they had done or learned, from cultural exploration through the art of Frida Kahlo to telling me about the continents and a country called “Costa Rica” (our kid was really into this for some reason). Our younger one came home singing and dancing with new songs and moves. They also both made great progress in their development – definitely benefiting from the mixed age groups. My family can’t speak highly enough about this school.” -A. W., Parent
“[Our Son] has been part of the Little Laurels Montessori classroom for only 2.5 weeks, but he is thriving in this environment and loves his teachers and friends. He describes it as “new school” and often comments on how much he likes Teachers Tonya, Rahele, and Cas (and Cas’ son, who he called “Teacher Sam”!).
Prior to joining Little Laurels, he went through a lot of change in a short period of time; [ . . . ]. We have observed that [our son] is more mature, his executive function and fine motor skills are improving, and he makes keen observations about the world around him. My husband and I attribute these developments in part to his time in the Little Laurels classroom – the warm and structured environment provides predictability and nurtures his skills and strengths. Moreover, he is relaxed after a long day at preschool and eager to do more activities, reading, and play when he gets home. All of this contributes to a positive feedback cycle where he is cooperative at bedtime, sleeps in, feels rested, and is eager and energized to start a new day.
Thank you for welcoming [our son] into the Little Laurels classroom family and we look forward to sharing more successes in the future.” —T. W. and A. A., Parents
“My son joined Little Laurels when he was only 14 months old. I was extremely nervous, and the separation anxiety was immense. Walking into the school premises immediately sent me into a calm mode, as if my ‘mommy antenna’ had been turned off. Like any other mom I had planned to visit a couple of preschools to figure out which one was the right fit for my family. After one hour of being at your school, I was convinced there was no better school for my little one.
Little Laurels has a wonderful set of teachers who are so intricately involved my child’s development and personality. They are extremely patient and so loving that I never felt the slightest bit of my son being left out. The student to teacher ratio is perfect, the parent-teacher communication is very open, and the school premises are very well designed to stimulate budding brains, and offers an instant connectivity to the kids.
I am so fortunate to have been a part of the Little Laurels family. Had I not left the country, my son would have continued to be part of your school because his foundation years were in the hands of the right teachers at a brilliant organization.” —D. S., Parent
“In September in we enrolled our four-year-old daughter in a school that she immediately had a hard time taking to. Over the next few months, rather than adapting, she actually built increased anxiety toward going to school. After a parent-teacher conference, the red flags continued and we made the difficult choice to look into a different school for her.
In late November we enrolled her at school [Little Laurels]. After just five days, there was a noticeable improvement. For the first time ever, she voiced that she was excited to go to school. She is showing more confidence and the love for learning that she had only previously shown in lessons at home has now started to blossom at school. All of the staff have been very gracious, welcoming, warm and pleasant with our daughter and with us. We are very happy with our daughter attending [your school] and feel lucky that our close friends (who also have a daughter enrolled in the school) referred us.” —M.M., Parent
“Our daughter (age 2) has been attending Little Laurels for almost 6 months and we’re very happy with how she is progressing. We toured several facilities and this one was far and away the nicest (it was remodeled in 2015) and felt much more like a school and not a day care. The Montessori-style program was a little odd at first (and I think I finally understand what a “work” is), but our little one has really grown in the program and they have provided great support for us at home (and have big a big help with potty training!) While I can’t speak to the older age groups, I highly recommend Little Laurels for little ones who need a supportive learning environment.” —J.P., Parent
“I have a strong respect for the Montessori method and have noticed a distinct change in my son since he started at Little Laurels; I wanted to relate to you an experience we had the other night that I think reflects the beautiful impact the experience is having on him.
I was occupied with the baby we care for Monday evenings and my son was in the living room with us deciding on what to do. He chose the hex screw set (one of the Montessori works we have) and showed it to the baby, then he sat at his table and did the whole work (while describing it), and then explained the importance of putting it away, then put it away. The putting it away was what surprised me – it usually takes gentle reminders and his abject grumbling to complete that step. Also, his narration of each step sounded so clear, confident and calm.
Next, he got out his phonetic word box and started working on the words and matching them with their objects. In the past, he’s been distracted by playing with the objects, but that night he treated them like tools (not toys), but that evening he stayed focused and precise. Then he PUT THEM ALL AWAY (unasked!).
I have delighted in noticing the subtle developments in his demeanor since being in this school. That evening the way he engaged in the works showed such a new depth of focus that he just wasn’t achieving with my guidance alone. I deeply appreciate the attentive work of his teachers, your impact on him is so apparent. Thank you so much.” —A.W., Parent