Words fail me when I try to describe what Treehouse Montessori means to me both as a mother and as a graduate myself of Montessori decades ago. It’s been an enormous blessing! When I met Sarah Scholz and Crystal Koons initially, and then as I was able to develop a friendship with them later, I felt warmth, love and a genuine interest I remember feeling as child in my Montessori school. Whenever I’ve reflected on my early childhood years I don’t remember much, but I vividly remember my Montessori experience. There was understanding, patience, love and friendship. These are the same important attributes I see emanating from not only Sarah and Crystal, but all of the educators at Treehouse. Each time I’m at Treehouse with my daughters (and I’m there often), my girls are treated with those same caring attributes as are all the children. (Even the more challenging children!)
I felt worry when I was looking for a preschool for my daughters b/c I had a high standard based upon my own experience, and I failed to find a place that could give my daughters what I had experienced until I found Treehouse. Other preschools that I explored felt like organized chaos with employees getting a paycheck. Treehouse felt like a home. My husband and I are very happy (as are my daughters) to have found this unique school where they can learn and grow. Additionally, I’m grateful for the reminder it gives me of some wonderfully sweet memories from my childhood, memories my daughters will have to look back on decades from now.
To Whom It May Concern:
Please accept this brief letter regarding my incredibly wonderful experience with Tree House Montessori School in Fort Collins. My son has been going to Tree House since he was 18 months old – and it may be helpful to know that he is my 6th kid and the first child who has been in childcare from this early age as the others were home until they were much older.
Sending a very young child to be in the care of others is a scary proposition in my family. I am a psychologist and I have heard many painful stories of families who have placed their young ones into schools without much success. When it was time to take our son to school my wife and I visited a number of different schools in town looking to find the ‘perfect’ setting for him – and having just dropped him off an hour ago this morning I know that we have found that place in Tree House.
Our son has been going to Tree House for one academic year and we could not be happier with the love, patience, understanding and teaching that he gets there. The teachers are kind, wise, playful, patient and an important part of our son’s life. He looks forward to going to school and races into the classroom every morning when I drop him off. I sometimes wonder if he likes being with the people at Tree House more than he likes me!
In addition to attention he gets and the things he enjoys there, the Montessori lessons and traditions are helping shape him into an independent and self-sufficient little person who loves to help out, loves to do things on his own, and one who has a deep understanding of what it means to be a part of group of people who cooperate with each other to enjoy life. What more could any parent want or expect from a pre-school experience?
Perhaps I was more paranoid about leaving my son with ‘strangers’ due to the career I have had as a psychologist – and perhaps this has led me to appreciate and understand the many nuanced skills that the people at Tree House are passing on to my son; but whatever it is, I cannot imagine that there is a better place or better people to trust with the most precious part of my life. There are no words that could convey in a one-page letter what Crystal, Stephanie and Sarah mean to my son, and my family. They are truly exceptional in all that they do and trusting them with my two year-old is highest praise I can give. I wish I could go back and give my other five kids the experience that this one is gaining here.
The foundational years of a young person’s life are critical to who they become and I am confident that the foundation being set for my littlest one will be solid and will help him in unimaginable ways throughout his life – thanks to Tree House Montessori.
Mark S. Benn, Psy.D.
Treehouse has been a wonderful place for our daughter to progress through the preschool years. We initally choose the school for 2 reasons, it is close to our home and it is a Montessori school. The reasons we now love the school are so many more! The days are well planned and thought out and she is never bored. They have art and music and tea parties to name a few of her favorites.
The transition into school was a hard one for her and the classroom rats and Sarah’s warmness made it so much easier. She has learned to have confidence without mommy and watching grow has been such a joy. I am sad this will be her last year there. Sarah and Crystal love our babies and I couldn’t ask for more!
We have absolutely love being a part of Treehouse Montessori’s family. The staff there treats my daughter like one of their own children always showing love and respect. We have had other experiences at preschools in the area and this school is by far the only one that I recommend to other families. We wouldn’t want our daughter to go anywhere else.
“Treehouse has been a fantastic place for both of my boys! They are very different kids and Treehouse suited them both. The preschool years are precious years; the staff at Treehouse understand that and it shows. I believe in the Montessori philosophy, and the way they do it at Treehouse has supported my boys as they develop who they are as learners and friends. If I had more kids, they’d definitely go to Treehouse!”
When we were first deciding what type of preschool environment would be best for him, my primary concern was that it be a place where he could grow and be challenged, but even more than that, it was imperative that it be a place where I felt he would be loved and cared for in the same way he is at home. Treehouse has the most loving and nurturing teachers. They are always looking for better ways to do things, seeking out parent insight and recommendations, and striving to make it an even more unique environment than it already is. Treehouse feels like a true community – not just a school – and that takes a conscious effort on the part of the director, the teachers, and the parents. I love the way the children are taught to communicate about conflict, and I love the way teachers discipline. I love that the backyard is not just a playground structure but an “outdoor classroom” that encourages imagination and a respect/love for nature. My son is in his final year at Treehouse before he goes off to kindergarten, and I am confident that he will do well no matter where he goes because Treehouse has provided the school-based foundation he needs. We will miss Treehouse so much! I recommend Treehouse to everyone I know!
My son has been going to Treehouse Montessori for a year and a half now. The Owners, Directors and Teachers have all been amazing and such a joy to work with and see and talk to every day. They helped my son transition from being home full-time to loving going to school. They truly care about each and every individual child’s needs, personalities, and development and are there every step of the way. They are very responsive either through phone, email, text or in person. The teachers helped my son through some tough transitions and are always so very supportive not only to our son, but to our whole family. We love Treehouse Montessori. Our son thrives at this school, he will truly miss it when he graduates onto Kindergarten. We highly recommend! : )
Our immediate family members (sisters) have a long Montessori background with their children. As their children developed into young adults, we could not help but be overly impressed with the independence and self-sufficiency that their children displayed. They simply stand-out in their maturity levels amongst any crowd of children. This caused me to take a serious look at Montessori as an option one day.
When Laura and I decided to raise children of our own, we naturally began looking into Montessori options here in Fort Collins. Treehouse became our target school as we were so impressed with their program, location, director and staff members. Since then, our daughter Aspen has been enrolled in Treehouse from the moment she could attend. Now we look forward to her progress into the pre-school unit from Toddler, and have great confidence in sending our infant son to Treehouse starting this coming fall.
As parents, we look for the best opportunities to provide our children with an outstanding foundation for them to build on during their development in becoming solid and contributing citizens in their communities. We feel very comfortable that Treehouse is the right place for both of them. Each and every staff member takes special interest in every child and provides them with the foundation that we want to give our children.
We highly recommend Treehouse for every parent out there that wants to provide their children with a truly solid foundation in life.