In the Toddler program, teachers encourage my daughter to be independent yet take the time to hug a friend who might be having a bad day. The Toddler and Children's House programs allow students to develop a solid foundation for academic success. As an educational researcher and I am hyper-aware of the breadth and types of learning experiences that are available to my children. I chose TMS because of their student-lead, exploratory, hands-on and collaborative play-based approach. The TMS academic environment allows my daughter to attain success at a rate that is appropriate to her development. It is by embracing the uniqueness of each child that TMS demonstrates its knowledge of learning and child development. One of the pillars of the Montessori pedagogy is the concept of Grace and Courtesy – children learn the social strategies they need to develop friendships, build relationships and learn how to collaborate with others. Each day I see evidence of this at TMS. The school structure ensures that new students gradually ease their way into their life at TMS, parents can stay and unobtrusively observe and there is always good information shared between teacher and parent. At its best, the journey TMS students take produces a young adult who desires more than mere success. But rather, imbued with habits of excellence, they desire to contribute, to impact, to engage, to serve. In short they desire to have significance. TMS believes strongly that significance lives at the intersection of goodness and excellence. This is in evidence from even the youngest students who are so open to learning, to graduates who find places in the world that balance their passions with doing good. As a parent, I see this in the way student support each other’s efforts. On a daily basis, I see evidence of children being encouraged to explore the unfamiliar, stand their ground, support a friend, lead a cause, pursue what fascinates and push through difficulty. The premise of this work is based on developing positive and joyful and engaging relationships that create connection and trust. When done well, these great relationships are the secret to unlocking the fullness of a child. They ensure a student feels the security to take a chance, try something new and embrace both the effort and joy of learning.