Many places say that they are child-centred; Making Roots is one of the very few places I have ever come across that actually is.
We noticed a discernible difference in Melody's mood and energy level as soon as we switched to Making Roots. Instead of irritability and exhaustion, she ends the day refreshed and happy. She used to cry almost daily when I dropped her off at her old daycare but last week when I brought her to Making Roots she ran off to join the reading circle so quickly she forgot to say goodbye to me.
We do a lot of singing in our home and it is amazing to me how many new songs she has learned at school. When she was having trouble falling asleep at nap time, her teachers help her by creating soothing rituals to help her relax, including whispered songs and storytelling.
She has learned so much in the short time we have been involved at Making Roots, and the gentle caring and love that the teachers exhibit for all the kids is apparent as soon as you walk through the doors. Their space is beautiful, clean, bright and well organized and their Montessori equipment and books are lovely.
Initially we were concerned about the added cost of sending our daughter to Making Roots, as it is a large financial commitment for us. However, we are convinced that it is worth every penny. Knowing that she is being cared for in the way that I would care for her is extremely comforting to me. Her teachers understand and appreciate her and they have shown great sensitivity to her unique needs, gifts, interests and personality.
I highly recommend Making Roots to any family looking for quality child care that goes above and beyond industry standards and expectations.
When considering where to send your child for toddler/pre-school care there are so many things to consider and it is a very overwhelming task. In reality the two most important things are that your child is safe and happy. With Making Roots Montessori we get so much more than that. It is such a welcoming environment that walking through the door is like entering the home of a close friend or relative. In fact our daughter Norah often opens the door proclaiming, “friends, I’m here!” She is excited to get to school and equally as excited to show us her work at the end of the day. Not only is she safe and happy, but she is loved, challenged and developing fundamental life skills. Among these are the ability to function and work co-operatively with others, self-care, independence, compassion and play. The unique type of freedom provided by the Montessori curriculum and its method of delivery fosters a love for learning. We are constantly amazed by the things she has learned and proudly puts into practice at home such as an easier way for her to wipe down her table after dinner, or working on addition at the age of three. Kids are great at judging character and the amount of love and respect Norah has for her teachers and classmates just confirms what we already knew, we are beyond blessed that our daughter is safe and happy at Making Roots.
We could not be happier with Making Roots. We transitioned our son this year out of another Montessori Centre, it was the best possible decision we could have made. He is happier and our lives have been made easier, due to Making Roots hours. I can now get to work on time in the mornings and do not have to leave work early to pick my son up at the end of the day. The Centre is beautiful; filled with authentic Montessori materials. The staff are very warm, caring, and educated. They are always available and willing to answer any questions I may have about my son’s day and his ongoing development.
The curriculum is traditional Montessori, other parents make note….anyone can call themselves Montessori, it’s up to you to ensure that the staff are accredited and the work is authentic.
I would recommend that any interested parents arrange for a tour of Making Roots, once they see it for themselves there will be no where else that they will want to send their children!
Our 3-year old daughter has attended Making Roots Montessori Centre since it opened in September and we cannot say enough about the program and the staff. We are so grateful for their gentle guidance and the patience they have with the children as they explore their learning environment as well as for the peace of mind we have knowing our daughter is being so well-cared for.
Many of the skills our daughter is learning at school are being demonstrated at home and she is so eager to "help Mommy and Daddy" with simple tasks. After just 4 short months of attending Making Roots Montessori we know we made the best decision for our daughter and we are thrilled to see her so excited about learning.
Andrea and Tony
Making Roots Montessori provides a calm, natural learning environment for my children, Montessori teachers and educational assistants are attentive to children and the owners try their best to accommodate parent's childcare needs. Communication with parents is also commendable.