Dear Snoqualmie Valley Residents,
It's my sincerest pleasure to recommend North Bend Montessori to all prospective families. Both of our girls, Natalie and Dana Korssjoen, attended North Bend Montessori. The foundation they received at early ages is still evident today, not only through their academic achievements, but through their personal ones as well.
Natalie entered the Montessori program shortly after her second birthday and attended through first grade. Today she is fourteen and venturing off to high school. She received the President's Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation from Twin Falls Middle School. The award is presented to students who earned 3.8 and above throughout their middle school careers. Several classmates received the same award. The majority of those students also graduated North Bend Montessori with her. Natalie is enrolled on three honors classes next year as she begins her high school career.
Dana entered the Montessori program shortly after her third birthday and attended through Kindergarten. Today she is eleven and venturing off to middle school. I distinctly remember her giving a math lesson to a fourth grader, while she was in kindergarten. The fourth grader was struggling with multiplication until Dana explained it as a game of regrouping numbers, because she had already learned multiplication through play. Upon graduation from Opstad, she received highest honors given from Ms. Marcia Townsend, the SVSD director of the highly capable program. Her fellow students in the highly capable program were also graduates of North Bend Montessori.
The skills/foundation they learned is not limited to academics. For example, I remember an “introduction game/sing-a-long” played in Sally's class. It was a method of roll-calling that brought the shyest child out of their shell. My kids learned confidence through that game. I remember the Christmas program where the students not only san, but they incorporated sign language with the lyrics. Both of our girls are now talented musicians and are in the jazz band programs at middle school and high school. They learned sharing and respect. They learned foreign language skills. They put on play and shared them with local nursing home residents. They served treats to others before serving themselves.
We can't recommend North Bend Montessori to you enough. Get started already!
Julie & Sherwood Korssjoen
As many new parents who want only the best early education for their child, we agonized over where to send our first child to preschool. We carefully interviewed friends, met with teachers, and toured most preschools in the area.
North Bend Montessori came to us highly recommended and has now been a part of our three children's lives and our extended family for nearly 8 years.
The Montessori education has given our children what we felt was most important at such a young age…the gift of exploration, hands on inquiry, socialization, and a love for learning. In turn, they were well prepared both socially and academically in their transition to elementary school.
The teachers and staff at North Bend Montessori have years of experience in early childhood education and the Montessori approach. We cannot praise them enough for their knowledge, skill, love, and care for children. Knowing that our children are able to learn in a safe and loving environment has given us peace of mind.
We will forever be grateful for the wonderful start that North Bend Montessori has given our three children and the many friendships that have been created there over the years. We highly recommend North Bend Montessori for early childhood education!
Tom and Darla Chapman
After recently moving to North Bend and touring 2 other local Montessori schools, I knew after a few minutes in a trial class, that North Bend Montessori was the only place for my son! He bonded immediately with Ms. Dawn and Ms. Vicki and we couldn't be happier with our choice. My son has learned so many valuable lessons and has fun doing it. It was such a cool moment for us, last fall at a family dinner, when he perfectly recited the Pledge of Allegiance... Even better, I could tell he was so proud of himself! Personally, I really appreciate the atmosphere that Ms. Dawn creates in her class. She is kind, creative, approachable and encouraging. The kids just love running up to her wide open arms for a big hug and a smile! I can't wait to send my daughter to Ms. Dawn in a few years too!