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I am looking specifically for montessori preschools in any of the areas I listed in my thread title... DS is 2 and I am hoping to send him to a private monstessori preschool next year. Any recs?
 

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I have visited Arkansas River Valley Montessori (excellent), Chenal Valley Montessori (excellent toddler program) and Children's House Montessori.<br><br>
We have decided to enroll our two year old in Chenal Valley, it is really top notch. However, the enrollement has closed. They do have two spots left open, maybe you should call? They keep the toddler class small (12), it has all new materials and I LOVED the teacher.<br><br>
I was very unimpressed with Children's house. However, I have heard nothing but great remarks from parents. It's in a very old house and some of the materials are really beat up. Moreover, I walked into the transition room (2.5-3 yo) and saw the teacher snatch up (by the arm) a little girl who was throwing a tantrum. I don't know the cirmcumstances of that incidence,however, that's nothing you want to see on your first vist. In addition, There are alot of kids in there.<br><br>
Arkansas River Valley Montessori only takes 3 years and up so I didn't bother researching them in-depth. However, the directress was very kind and helpful and the facilities I did see were top notch.<br><br>
I've heard Little Rock Montessori School is excellent, but they have a one year waiting list.<br><br>
I have not looked at NLR montessori, too far to drive for me.<br><br>
North Little Rock Montessori, Little Rock Montessori and Chenal Valley Montessori all have websites. I am on my DH's laptop, so I don't have the addresses handy. If I remeber correctly I googled them pretty easily.
 

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Hey<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I saw one here yesterday on my home form the park. If you get off to come to my house before you get to sonic there is a little street between that little bank and that BBQ place there is one right down there I was going to go and check out today and then I saw this. I will head over today and take a gander let you know!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have visited Arkansas River Valley Montessori (excellent), Chenal Valley Montessori (excellent toddler program) and Children's House Montessori.<br><br>
We have decided to enroll our two year old in Chenal Valley, it is really top notch. However, the enrollement has closed. They do have two spots left open, maybe you should call? They keep the toddler class small (12), it has all new materials and I LOVED the teacher.<br><br>
I was very unimpressed with Children's house. However, I have heard nothing but great remarks from parents. It's in a very old house and some of the materials are really beat up. Moreover, I walked into the transition room (2.5-3 yo) and saw the teacher snatch up (by the arm) a little girl who was throwing a tantrum. I don't know the cirmcumstances of that incidence,however, that's nothing you want to see on your first vist. In addition, There are alot of kids in there.<br><br>
Arkansas River Valley Montessori only takes 3 years and up so I didn't bother researching them in-depth. However, the directress was very kind and helpful and the facilities I did see were top notch.<br><br>
I've heard Little Rock Montessori School is excellent, but they have a one year waiting list.<br><br>
I have not looked at NLR montessori, too far to drive for me.<br><br>
North Little Rock Montessori, Little Rock Montessori and Chenal Valley Montessori all have websites. I am on my DH's laptop, so I don't have the addresses handy. If I remeber correctly I googled them pretty easily.</div>
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thank you for this information. are these schools really expensive? When does the term start?
 

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They are all close to the same.... fees are what kills ya.<br>
Chenal valley montessori is building a new campus. ( Elementary is in one building and toddlers are in a church a mile away currently) So, they have a "building" fee in addition. Fees are close to $600 for the year at CVMS. Childrens house was more like 300. Tuition ranges from Half day for three days is around 250 and half day 5 days a week is 370 per month. Children's house is similar as is LRMS, I believe. It's steep compared to daycare but most places will tell you at your initial meeting this is not daycare. I'm in grad school and had a nanny prior to this, I was paying close to 9 dollars an hour. (She was very unmotivated and want to just sit and WATCH DD) so this is a breath of fresh air and perhaps some savings. My DH is not familiar with montessori, and he was impressed with the "calmness" of CVMS. It is a very impressive classroom with responsive teachers.<br><br>
Term is similar to little rock school district: Start August 15 end around 3-4th week in may. Similar holidays and teacher development days.<br><br>
I believe enrollment has closed for most of the schools, however, CVMS has 2 openings for toddler girls in their class. There is a waiting list for boys. (Montessori likes to balance genders when possible.) I was under the impression the Children's house has a more open enrollment policy (after the arm-yanking I didn't stay and chat long).
 

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My kids went to Tanglewood Montessori (no longer in existence) and Chenal Valley Montessori. They spent some time one summer at Children's House and I've had lots of friends go there. I think the old building at Children's House is beautiful. The teachers are what matters so observe in the classroom and talk to people with kids there.
 
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