Many many years ago, I was looking for that one perfect school that was going to help my daughter become the best girl she can ever be. She was four; so I thought it had to be safe and protective, it had to feel welcoming and it had to promote learning. It also had to be taught in English and French. I walked into TFMS. I was greeted with Mme. Marie's inviting smile and I saw the Casa students quietly enjoying each their own Montessori material. I saw interest. I heard "please" and "thank you." I felt the respect. It really felt like this was it.
Both my daughters have been at the school from a pre-school age. I never felt bad for being a working mom because every time I came to pick them up, they still wanted to stay longer. They loved their friends and their teachers and always came excited to tell me about the new things they learned at school.
As they grew older, I could see them develop, more and more, a sense of commitment and responsibility when having to complete assignments and projects. They felt they had to spend as much time as needed to produce the best work they could. I don't know how the teachers do it, but it amazes me how much pride my kids take when receiving a teacher's compliment for good work. They somehow inspire them in a profound way. I never have to tell them to do any homework. They know what they have to do and they won't be able to sleep until it's done.