“A superlative experience!”

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Cape Ann Preschool has been a superlative experience for our daughter, Francesca, and for us as parents.

You can feel how warm, positive, and nurturing the environment is the minute you walk through the door for the first time (and not only because walking in the door is often accompanied by a hug). The play-based curriculum means that the students are enjoying themselves, and hardly even know how much they’re learning. We noticed within the first few days at Cape Ann Preschool that Franny’s verbal acuity was improving (expanded vocabulary, numbers, days-of-the-week, verb tenses, song lyrics), and how many social tools she brought home with her. She now had language and behaviors to accompany the acts of sharing, taking turns, being patient, listening, helping others, and guiding and coaching her younger brother, Woody.

The play-based curriculum means that the students are enjoying themselves, and hardly even know how much they’re learning.

Shelley and Meghan allow her learn at her own pace: briskly reaching some milestones, and incrementally and methodically working towards others. She plays every day both in the classroom, and outside, independently, in small groups, and as a full class, and at activities both self-directed and teacher-directed. The schedule and routine (as well as her activities and the curriculum) are developmentally appropriate, and have resulted in substantial social and emotional growth. The day-to-day diversity keeps her interested, and she wakes up each morning asking excitedly ‘Is today a school day!?!?” She loves it.

As parents, we receive a monthly calendar that details each week’s academic theme and each day’s planned activities (reading a specific book, a crafting project, etc.). We can view photos of her activities posted on the school’s private web site, and between newsletters, emails, school sponsored activities, parent-teacher conferences, and even the unexpected joyful photo texted to us when something particularly fun gets caught on film, we feel as engaged with Cape Ann Preschool as Franny does.

We couldn’t recommend Cape Ann Preschool any more highly, and we can’t wait to see Woody in Shelley’s class, too.

– Samantha and Anthony Goddess

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