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schoolHaven’s Purple Crayon Award

Hi everyone!  Hope you’ve survived the storm and are getting yourself back on line.  With the help of the good folks at Elm City Market, we have a challenge to help you restock your fridge.

Starting this month, Elm City Market is donating a $50 gift card to be awarded to the best school review on schoolHaven, which we are calling the PURPLE CRAYON AWARD.  For November, the Purple Crayon Award will go to the best review for a school/childcare center/home child care that currently has no reviews on our website.

What does a Purple Crayon Award review look like?  The name is inspired by the classic children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold draws an entire world just using his crayon.  Similarly, an excellent schoolHaven review draws a vivid picture, giving a strong sense of what it feels like to be a parent/student/teacher there.  It tells so much more than test score numbers.  It’s detailed but concise.  The Purple Crayon Award will be judged by our panel of schoolHaven volunteers.

So if you’ve been meaning to submit a review and putting it off, what are you waiting for?  Submit your review here or email schoolhaven@email.com, and get your grocery bags ready!  Kale, burritos, Orangeside donuts, oh my!

Here’s a school review from May that I loved.  Thanks Lori!

Mira for schoolHaven

May 2012.  From the moment my daughter began attending Montessori of Madison, I have watched her bloom from a shy little girl who never wanted to leave her mother’s side into a little girl who is confident and excited about going to school each and every day.  The atmosphere here is so nurturing, warm, and caring, and I feel so comfortable leaving her in the care of this school.

If you are considering sending your child here, I encourage you to observe the classroom.  Be prepared to sit back and watch.  One of the first things you may notice is that the children are all calm.   Many of them are conducting activities independently, while others are conducting lessons with the teachers, and other children are interacting with one another, comparing their artwork, reading books in the library, or working together on their mats.  Watch for a little longer, and you will see that these children are content, peaceful, and happy.

Also, take note of how each area and activity is set up specifically to appeal to each child’s sense of independence.  Some people have the impression that in a Montessori school the children are free to do whatever they want — to a fault.  I quickly learned that what really happens in this school is that each child’s independence is valued and fostered, but in a “prepared” environment which really empowers the children and makes them feel more confident in themselves.

One of my daughter’s favorite things about this school is that there is always something new to learn.  She never gets bored.  She also loves the weekly visit from the creative movements teacher.  More than anything, I think my daughter has been impressed by the teachers’ love of nature and how they incorporate this into the classroom, from arranging visits by a bird rescue group to “growing” butterflies right in the classroom.

One thing that I initially thought was a con was that the children do not get the opportunity to play outside each day.  I quickly realized, however, that in the short time that the children are here (2 1/2 hours), they are so busy and have so much to do.  And rest assured, when the weather is nice, the children almost always have their outside time.

Lori S., parent

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