This is an amazing school! I can’t speak highly enough about it!
We moved to Richland from Sweden about two years ago with our two children in the ages of 2,5 and 3,5 years old. They didn’t know a single word in English when they started school, but thanks to very patient teachers and peers they picked-up the language pretty soon.
It’s always a worry for a parent to pick out the right school for their child and I was very worried to have my children starting a new school in a new country so far away from home. Very soon I realized that we’ve been very fortunate to take part of this school. It has been great watching our children learn and grow so much in this environment.
The school has a great staff and you can feel the teamwork between the administrative staff and the teachers. Every morning at drop off there’s always a friendly face greeting you good morning and helping you to say good-bye.
The teamwork is also encouraged between the parents and teachers. I had an open and honest dialog with all teachers and they gave me great input and advice based on what they have observed in different situations.
I would like to give a special recognition to my son’s teacher, Mrs Alvarez. She’s a highly experienced and knowledgeable teacher. She’s creative and loves making special projects and field trips. She shares her passion for books and can have all 20 children sitting and listening while she reads! Most of all I admire her calm, patient way of handling situations when a child is frustrated and tired. She was great with our son!
I would also like to give a special recognition to our daughter’s teacher, Ms Romjue. She’s a very knowledgeable genuine teacher. She has great handling with children. She’s also very creative and outgoing person with a lot of positive energy. My daughter is very attached to Ms Romjue and misses her a lot since our recent move.
The Director Sheena Kerr, Assistant Director Kaitlynn Smart-Oates and the Montessori Program Director, Jennie Fulton is a very professional and highly experienced team. I miss all the wonderful and nice chats I’ve had with them. They are all lovely people!
We miss this school so much and we appreciate the two fantastic years and great experiences we’ve had.
My children love Children’s Garden as much as I do!! I love it for the wonderful staff, the educational experiences and the great care they receive; my kids love it because it is so much fun.
Thanks for taking such great care of my family and preparing them for an amazing future!!
This school is amazing! The staff are knowledgeable and well trained, they take interest not just in the child they care for but support the entire family. My three year old has been attending for 6 months after spending three years at a different center and she is almost unrecognizable. She has more confidence that ever and is learning at an amazing rate. Thank you all for your efforts.
This school has become a second home to my children. They are loved, nurtured and cared for as if they belong to the teachers and staff. The education they receive is the cherry on top! We have been a part of this school for nearly 5 years and plan to be here for at least another 3 as there is no better place in the Tri Cities for children to spend their days learning, growing, becoming independent children who will continue to flourish in their lives due to the early influence Children’s Garden had on them.
The toddler program at Children’s Garden provides a nurturing and educational environment for toddlers. My daughter is starting her second year in the toddler program at Children’s Garden, and she truly loves her time at there. She has developed good learning and social habits in this program. Each morning she is excited to go to school to greet and see her teachers and classmates. Drop off is easy on both of us since my daughter happily engages in activities as we enter the classroom. Many of the daily skills she works on at school, she also enjoys doing at home including helping prepare her food and cleaning up after herself. I recommend Children’s Garden to any family looking for a place that promotes intellectual, emotional, physical and social development all in a warm and welcoming community.
My daughter has been in the toddler program at Children’s Garden Montessori for just over a year now and I could not be more thrilled with her development. She has become independent while her own character has been encouraged and nurtured by her teachers. Having a background myself in a Montessori school I have seen what it can do for children, I did not know how much more it would affect my own child. Seeing what it does for her on a daily basis is reassuring and astounding. She is learning at an accelerated rate and also learning to deal with her peers in a realistic manner. All the teachers and support staff are very warm and loving and everyone in the school, including first grade teachers, know my daughter by name. The environment Children’s Garden has created makes me feel like I am leaving my child in the care of family instead of just a preschool, a feeling that I never thought I would have. My husband and I feel very fortunate to have found such a place for our daughter to grow and learn and we will forever be in debt to the wonderful teachers who have treated our child like their own.
I’d like to offer my sincere gratitude for the dedication and caring of the staff and administrators at Children’s Garden Montessori. My boys have attended the school for the past 9 years, starting as young as 20 months old and ending with graduation from the school after second grade. When I was pregnant with my first child, co-workers with high-school aged children who went to Children’s Garden guided me to the school, and I will always be thankful for their recommendations. I myself am happy to recommend the school to new parents.
The CG classrooms all have low teacher-student ratios and nurturing staff who really do give a lot of individual attention to each child. In addition, the school provides an excellent learning environment, where each child is encouraged to explore his world and learn to his own ability level. Both my boys worked a grade level ahead in math at CG, are reading more advanced books than many of their neighborhood peers, and have developed an intense curiosity about science and how things work. Additionally, my boys never experienced academic “back-sliding” over the summers as a result of your year-round program that has been a blessing for our dual-income family.
Thank you for all you do for the CG kids!
I have had children attending Children’s Garden Montessori for 8 years. My son started when he was 2 years old and my daughter started when she was 1 years old. The quality of care was excellent. My son attended through second grade and my daughter is presently in their second grade program. This school is amazing. The administrators have reached out to resources at Washington State University as well as specialist in the local community, businesses and families for classroom visits and for field trips. There are programs to expose the kids to science, various cultures, drama, music and art. The teachers are caring and kind to the children and they teach the kids not only academic skills but social graces, responsibility and respect. The student-to-teacher ratios allow the children to get a lot of attention, love and guidance. The children are surrounded by engaging games, activities and books. I have volunteered at Children’s Garden for the past five years, listening to the kindergartners, and first and second grade students read. It is amazing what these kids accomplish and how much they enjoy learning. Even after my daughter graduates from their second grade program I will continue to volunteer at the school, because working with the teachers and listening to the kids read is a wonderful experience. Most important though, is how family oriented Children’s Garden Montessori is and their efforts to support the families. When my daughter was three years old, she broke her leg and required surgery. My husband was on business travel at the time, but all three of her teachers showed up at the hospital throughout that night to help me and comfort my son. The staff supports the families and you will find them attending community functions that the kids are involved in, organizing class get-well cards and in some cases visiting them when they are in the hospital.