And the winner of the Woodinville Patch "Readers' Choice" Top Preschool in town is…!
In a field of eight competitors Woodinville Montessori captured 70 percent of the 27 votes cast this week.
Woodinville Montessori is a nonprofit school founded in 1983 and is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools (PNAIS) and is approved by the State of Washington as a private school.
It has two locations, the Woodinville school at 13965 NE 166th Street, is the early childhood education campus. The school’s Bothell campus at 19102 North Creek Parkway has two early childhood classrooms and houses the school's program for children 18-months to 15-years-old.
"Maria Montessori observed that early childhood is a critical time for learning. The three- to six-year-old child goes about effortlessly soaking up information, forming impressions and habits, all of which become the basis for future learning and behavior," said Lea Aemisegger, Toddler and Early Childhood Program Director for the school. "Our Early Childhood Program is adapted to the unique and ephemeral learning abilities of the young child. Rich and orderly environments, multi-age classrooms, and freedom to follow one’s interests allow the child to develop fundamental skills that prepare him for life."
She added that part of the strength of the school is a very culturally diverse group of parents who love to contribute their time, talents and culture to the young children at school.
"Modern brain research tells us that individuals who take an active interest and role in their own education learn so much more, are motivated to learn and fare much better later on," Aemisegger said. "This is what Montessori has advocated and practiced for the past 100 years and it is being proven to be the model for education for this new century."
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