I attended the Montessori School of Exeter form age three to age six. There was always an opportunity to learn and achieve, without being compared to others. Teachers made an effort to bring out the fun in learning, and every day was a new adventure. I always looked forward to going to school, because we were encouraged to be ourselves. The Montessori School of Exeter gave me a great foundation and sparked a fire of learning within me.
East Kingston, NH
You asked if I would write a testimonial for your school many moons ago and I have written one several times in my mind and now am writing it in these words. It is long, so feel free to use all of it or pieces of it in anyway that would benefit the school and your work. I am eternally grateful for my Montessori education. If I had had to sit at a desk and do mimeographed worksheets, I am pretty sure I would have dropped out before 4th grade.
Since that time I have traveled around the world, completed a Bachelor's degree (Lewis and Clarke College) and a Master's degree (UCLA). Looking back I can honestly say that Exeter Montessori was the most important educational investment my family made.
At Montessori, I learned all of the standard requirements (reading, math, history, writing) that all students do. In fact, like most of my classmates, I consistently tested above grade level. This learning, which is the total of standard education, however was simply the baseline at Montessori. The most important thing I learned from Meredith, was how to learn and how to love learning. This meant that when I went into the public school system and then onto college, I had the internal discipline to structure my studies and also an innate curiosity that made learning fun and excellence easy.
In practice, this meant my educational career was both more challenging and more rewarding than most of my classmate. In college, I self-designed my major around the philosophical meaning and social impacts of justice. The school only allowed a few students a year to do this and I had to make my case to a series of professors, department heads and the dean. In the end, it meant I was able to study directly under an interdisciplinary panel of faculty who were devoted to discussing and challenging my ideas. It was my Montessori education that gave me the discipline, self-confidence and intellectual fervor to take this path.
Montessori empowers children to take responsibility for their learning and encourages them to listen to their own inner curiosity. The lessons of Montessori, however, expand beyond the classroom walls. Having the ability to listen to my own voice and the discipline to turn passion into action has added richness and meaning to my life. It is not always easy to forge your own path, but it is always rewarding.
Every child is born innately curious and uniquely talented. For these gifts to be actualized, however, they need to be practiced and skills need to be honed. This is where the genius of Montessori comes in. It is an education that capitalizes on the innate knowing of each child and allows that knowing to expand and deepen through tested methods and practices.
Urban Sustainability and Climate Change Research
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
With all my love
This is Alexa’s third year at the Montessori School of Exeter. The benefits of this school are tremendous. Every child learns at his or her own pace. Providing opportunities for independence is offered at an early age. The children take an active part in running their school, like planting flowers in a flower bed and putting learning equipment away after each use. Life skills are taught such as putting on mittens and pouring water into containers. They learn how to make applesauce and gingerbread cookies. The children learn to speak politely to everyone.
The children are not expected to conform to set standards of achievement as in a public school. The Montessori method takes account of the needs, talents, gifts and special individuality of each child. They are not being constrained and there is a total freedom to learn which makes learning fun for each of the kids. In this school, children respect and help each other. Since older and younger kids are together in a class, they help and teach each other. Sometimes the children work together in a group and sometimes they work individually.
To our amazement, Alexa started reading 6 months before she started Kindergarten. When I went to teach her the sounds of each of the letters, she already knew them because she learned them, and she could also do basic addition and subtraction in preschool.
The students at this school grown in so many ways. They are not only taught reading, math, and science, but they are also taught about nature, geography, how to write sentences and sentence structure. The children work to solve puzzles and to solve a binomial cube or trinomial cube. They learn about the names of flowers and animals.
The students not only can tell you what at triangle, cylinder, or octagon look like, but they can also tell you what a parallelogram, pentagon and trapezoid and look like!
We took Alexa to Disney World last year. Outside of the hotel that we were staying in she saw a flag and said, hey, that is the flag of Japan! My husband and I did not teach her about flags, she learned about the country flags at school. This week, Alexa tells me that they are writing about birds. The Woodpecker, Blue Jay, etc. Recently, Alexa asked me to buy her something harder than the Hundreds Board because it is too easy!
It is truly a quality education that sets a strong learning foundation! At home, she chooses to work on math, reading or spelling instead of asking to watch t.v. because The Montessori School of Exeter has instilled a love of learning in her! She gets upset if school is closed for a holiday or snow day. She just loves going to school. She loves The Montessori School of Exeter! Having Alexa attend school here has been worth every penny! The teachers are great with the children. My husband and I just can't thank them enough!
I cannot speak highly enough of the Montessori School of Exeter. My daughter joined the Children's House this fall following our, somewhat stressful, move from England. The teachers, Denise in particular, went out of their way to help my daughter (and me!) settle into a new environment in the smoothest way possible. My daughter loves going to school everyday and is thriving on the calm but stimulating environment. I really appreciate their kindness and patience and their help in making our transition to a new culture, away from our normal support networks as easy as possible. The Children's House always seems calm and happy and it shows that the teachers really care about the children and their growth.
Kerri and Andy Singh
I had three children enrolled at the montessori school of Exeter for three years each. I was new to Exeter and reluctant to enroll my oldest child in preschool without extensive research. I visited the preschools in the area, talked to local moms, and also the teachers in the area. The Montessori School of Exeter always was talked about very positively. The feeling that I had once I visited the school, put all of my apprehensions to rest. Enrolled each at the age of three, my children were encouraged to be children. The teachers encouraged exploration, curiosity, courage, and individuality. Also, my children learned to work with and to respect the personalities and gifts of other children. They became valued members of the community. They took ownership of their school. The benefits of learning in the presence of younger and older children was overwhelmingly helpful and greatly applicable to our family.
My husband and I were welcomed into the classroom and after sharing in the classroom and visiting our children in school, we felt as though this school was just a jewel! Every teacher at the school was there because they believed in the importance of early learning. The teachers' impact on my children's lives with be with them throughout their educational journey. My children are now 11, 9, and six. When relating a story of "when they were little.." , they often recount their early days at the school and the friendships that were formed. It is not unusual for my child to see a teacher from the school around town and hug them in public (and if you know any six grade boys, you know that this action comes straight from the heart!)
I always felt that each teacher listened to my needs as a parent as well. Early education is a process which involves both student and parents, and sometimes even grandparents! I can say that my concerns were always listened to. I was given great respect and i learned more about my child through this program.
As a resident in Exeter, I knew that we had access to great public schools. However, when it was time for my children to enter kindergarten, I enrolled each of my three children in the kindergarten at the Exeter Montessori school. First, my children were ready for a longer program that the public school provided. Then, i realized the academic importance of the kindergarten year. My children flourished in the small, intimate size of the kindergarten program. they were each allowed to learn at their rate. If there was something that my child needed extra time with, they were given that time. If they were able to learn at a more accelerated rate, they then could move on to a more challenging topic. Also, the school offered a complement of art, nature, literature and music topics integrated into the program . My children were able to explore cultures from around the world as well as various traditions practiced by their classmates and teachers.
I have heard other parents say that they were afraid that if they didn't send their child to a public school program, then their child would be behind in first grade. However, I can honestly say that this is not the case. Each of my three children transferred readily into the public school program. Since they were used to a longer day of school, they were ready for the full day of first grade. Since they had learned to take "ownership" of their work, they take pride in their classwork and their homework. Each of my three children have excelled in their academics and I contribute this greatly to their early experiences and academics learned at the Montessori school. I can say that their teachers in the public schools have all commented on their maturity and sense of academic wonder.
i believe that the montessori school of exeter was a worthwhile investment in my children's educational experience. the school is just a gem and one of the greatest assets in our community! i just cannot say enough of this school.
Kerri and Andy Singh
I have been a Montessori parent of two daughters now 4 and 2 for a little over a year. The first time I walked into my daughter's class I was amazed at how peaceful it was. Each child was diligently focused on his or her learning task using the Montessori materials. At home, I am constantly impressed by the level of learning my daughters demonstrate both verbally and in writing. Most importantly, the school has created an environment where my children feel special and cared for. I believe that the experienced, dedicated staff and the uniqueness of the Montessori method make this school an exceptional place for our children to learn and grow.
Kelly & Chris Talbot
We cannot speak highly enough of the rich experience that the Montessori School of Exeter has provided to our 3 children. We have been blessed to have been part of the Exeter Montessori family for the past 7 years. In addition to having taught our children the traditional arithmetic and language teachings, Montessori has also empowered our children with a sense of self appreciation, an affection for the environment and has nurtured them as individuals. We have seen our children grow to become amazing individuals and we have Montessori to thank for a great deal of that success!
Kelly & Chris Talbot
Our children attended the Montessori school of Exeter since 2002 with the last one of three graduating from Kindergarten in June of 2010. Montessori was always, from the beginning, a second family to Tavo, Mila and Luc. The ties they forged with their wonderful teachers will be central to them as they continue to develop and grow. Montessori is much more than a school. It is a place of creativity and exploration, one where each child can find their place, At Montessori our children were challenged and nurtured; they were allowed to discover what interested them. As my youngest often said, they did important work. For my husband and I Montessori meant that our children were not restricted to one model of education but rather encouraged to look at things in multiple ways. The Adventurers program in Kindergarten allowed the kids to use nature as their classroom and to learn about birds, trees and plants in their natural setting. My children LOVED every minute of their Montessori experience and we are forever grateful to the amazing and inspiring techers who were friends and mentors and who genuinely cared for our children and made them part of their lives.
Pam Seavey Bruning
Our children attended the Montessori School two decades ago and we still appreciate the Montessori philosophy that allowed children to choose to work at their own pace and exercise self discipline. Thank You Montessori School of Exeter.
Pam Seavey Bruning
I have 2 children going through the Montessori of Exeter School and they have both had a very positive experience there. They both love it and are learning so much. I love the school not only because I know they are in good hands, in a good environment, but even more so because the teachers are very warm hearted with quick and easy smiles that put the children at ease. It's clear that the teachers are paying attention not only to the minds, but also the hearts of the children.
Meredith, thanks for making such a great environment for their development!
The Montessori School of Exeter teachers have become a second family to my two girls. The extraordinary teachers are so nurturing, warm, and have encouraged my children to be confident and independent. In addition, my children surpassed what I thought they would learn academically at such a young age. My oldest needed to be challenged and her teacher knew just how to customize her curriculum and approach it. I am thrilled to say the least about our whole Montessori experience.
I have been a Montessori School of Exeter parent since the fall of 2002, and am so glad that I found the school. Every day when I drop off my daughter I know I am leaving her in a place where she will be given the chance to learn and grow while having the freedom to explore as she chooses. Over the years I have gotten to know the teachers and find that I too am learning from them. The teachers Meredith has now, and has had in the past are incredible with the kids, teaching them about life, friendship and compassion. Not only have my husband and I thought so highly of the teachers, but our three children have loved the teachers that they have had.
Our two boys have been through Meredith's Montessori kindergarten program, and we will definitely have our daughter do the same. They were both challenged to their ability level which helped to keep them interested in what they were learning. They both easily transitioned to their elementary school, with no academic struggles. Even now, with them in 2nd and 5th grade, they will occasionally mention that they are learning something in school that they remember learning at the Montessori School.
Anyhow, I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a preschool/kindergarten in the NH seacoast area.
A group of truly extraordinary teachers is what makes The Montessori School of Exeter so special. Each classroom teacher continually raises the pre-school bar, by creating beautiful environments for their students to grow, preparing work that encourages creativity, industriousness and independence, and setting a standard for academic accomplishment that is unmatched throughout the seacoast.