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Montessori Shir-Hashirim

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6047 Carlton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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(323) 465-1638
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If you have the opportunity to give your child a Montessori education at the Montessori Shir-Hashirim then you are one of the blessed ones in Los Angeles. This school is easily ...

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Best Montessori School 1/10/2012

If you have the opportunity to give your child a Montessori education at the Montessori Shir-Hashirim then you are one of the blessed ones in Los Angeles. This school is easily the best Montessori school in the LA area. I spent several months touring all the Montessori schools on the Westside. A friend suggested that I check out the Montessori Shir-Hashirim Preschool as a paradigm to compare the other schools I had seen. What I discovered was that NOTHING that I had seen came close to the amazing experience that this school offers a preschooler. The director, Elena, spent the morning with me, showing me both of her schools and explaining a lot about the Montessori method. She is very patient and answered all of my questions. So many lower-level schools use the Montessori name as an advertising tool and don't use the Montessori method. Shir-Hashirim is a great Montessori school period. more

Creme de la Creme 12/24/2011

Cr?me, de la Cr?me MSH is no doubt the best pre-school in Los Angeles. My only wish is that it had an elementary program as well. My son attended the school and had a wonderful experience. The staff is fabulous. They understand the children very well, are loving, tender and take their job seriously. The enrichment classes are spectacular. My son came home reciting Shakespeare, knowing who Picasso was and telling me the difference between a Forte note and a Piano one. The plays that are put together twice or three times are year and incredible. The children thrive while practicing their lines, learning the stories and rehearsing. I have never seen a pre-school like this in my life. The director, Elena is a true child whisperer. She is able to communicate with the children in a way, that I have never seen and the children absolutely love her. I am now attending the mommy and me with my youngest child and it is the only school I would consider. If this school is close to you, don?t look anywhere else. This is a total gem. more

Amazing little preschool 11/30/2011

Having spent over 6 years at Montessori Shir Hashirim and watched two children go through the school I can honestly say this is a really amazing place. What makes this school special is the rich curriculum. The children learn so many things while having fun. The director has a great love of life and the arts and this gets handed down to the children. They learn about art, science, poetry they practice yoga, learn instruments dancing and drama. There are three amazing school plays a year in which each child gets up on stage and performs. The montessori approach works at the child's individual level. There is no pressure. The parent body is wonderful. This is truly a special place. I feel very fortunate that my daughters had the privilige of getting such a great start to their education. more

probably the best preschool in Los Angeles 2/25/2011

Montessori Shir Hashirim is an amazing place for kids. It emphasizes the arts and literature, and it is not at all unusual to see a four year old in the school plays reciting Shakespeare. The school leaves the teaching to professional, Montessori certified teachers who love to include equally great art (such as Van Gogh and Monet) and hands-on projects (such as preparing bread in the morning). The school prides itself on developing self-reliance and life skills for its pupils. The head of school, Elena Cielak speaks several languages and brings a very world-oriented perspective to the curriculum. Although there are Jewish themes, the school celebrates all cultures. One pair of parents were amazed that their young student came home reciting the countries of Southeast Asia, which she had learned in the geography unit. For parents who do not support an academic curriculum or Montessori philosophy, this is definitely not the place for your child. In addition, the environment is not one for children who need a ?progressive? play-oriented environment. While there is play and the wonderful sites accommodate free activity, it is definitely a place that mixes structure with fun. I put my boy through the school and it was the best thing I ever did for him. He was the head of his class when he began first grade and more importantly, socially he was well adjusted and happy. I highly recommend the school, probably the best preschool in Los Angeles. more

This Preschool Is a Gem 2/25/2011

Words cannot express how in awe I am of this gem of a preschool. My son loves it and so do my husband and I! In fact, we love the school so much that we drive our son every day from Beverly Hills to Hollywood so that he can attend. I had been planning to write a review for some time, but after this week's events I can't write it fast enough! Every day my son goes to school happy and excited about the adventures that await him. He comes home talking about painting, water jobs, puzzles, letters, numbers and continents, but also about baking raisin bread and sharing it with his friends, gardening and how fast the fruits and vegetables are growing, or how he is a sheep in the next school play. Some of his experiences he loves so much he tries to recreate them at home; so he will show me a yoga pose he did that day (""try it mommy""), recite a Chinese rhyme (mommy isn't so good at these), do the gestures to a French song (I try!) or show me what a whole, a half and a quarter note look like and how those make up the rhythm of a song (""clap with me mommy""). Other times he will tell me how he played outside with his friends with Legos and trains (his favorite) or with the ride-on cars and bicycles. Needless to say, our son is having a fabulous time at school! But the event that triggered me to finally write this review occurred earlier this week when he came home with a list of 3-letter words that he had written himself and that he couldn't wait to read to me(!). Although my son has always been interested in letters and how they sound, the fact that he is reading and writing even simple words at only 3.5 years old shocked me. This also shows another strength of the school. Certain activities are done in group, other activities are done individually with only assistance from the teachers as needed, and others still are done 1 on 1 with a teacher who will sit with a child and focus on something challenging that the child likes to do (e.g. phonetics, counting, complex puzzles etc.). This provides an environment where each child is able to learn at his or her own pace, and allows children to excel at the things they are interested in while encouraging them to develop a well-rounded set of skills. Even more important, the school places great focus on helping the children to build critical social skills. Our son is understanding the concept of sharing, taking turns and has even developed some conflict resolution skills (e.g. talking through a conflict, compromising, etc.). The older children ?mentor? the younger ones throughout this process and, as a result, our son has many friends at the school (of all ages). This cooperative atmosphere extends beyond the children. The parent community at this school is a community in which you are welcomed with open arms, whether you are a parent of a child in his or her first year at the school or a parent of a child in his or her final year. Not only does this make after-school activities easy and fun, it results in great friendships. We have even vacationed with other families from the school! The director of the school is a visionary who has developed a program that encourages the children to have fun while learning and honing their social skills. Most importantly, the program infuses in the children a love for learning and a sense of independence and accomplishment. All of this is implemented by the director herself as well as a stellar group of teachers. They are all very knowledgeable and loving (often, our son is greeted at the door with a hug). Montessori Shir Hashirim offers a safe, welcoming environment in which the children can learn and play. And it works! The social development, the education, the independence and the exposure to so many different topics are second to none and provide a perfect start in life! This preschool is a jewel! more
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