"I wholeheartedly recommend Storybooks School to any parent to enroll their child, no matter what their special needs may be.
When I first enrolled my child, he was moving from a school that he didn’t want to be at. Every day was a struggle and filled with tears as I dropped him off in the morning. In just a few weeks at Storybooks, he was entering school with a smile on his face and ready to learn.
I attribute this to a few things. First of all, with the variety of learning centers offered by the school, the children are not cooped up in the same room all day. They move from their classrooms, to the library, to the science room, to the playroom, and to the outdoor play space. This movement really helped my son embrace his new learning center and acclimate much quicker.
The school is also based off the concept of a home, rather than a strict school setting. I think this also helped my son transition into this environment more easily. If he needed special attention on a given day, they handled the situation quickly and with lots of love. For awhile, he needed to spend a few moments by himself before entering the classroom in the morning; knowing this, they allowed him to help in the kitchen (since he loves the kitchen!)—or play in the science room before joining the rest of the class. This is just one more example of how they focus on the children and their individual needs.
I couldn’t be happier with his level of educational development and the help they were in helping him reach milestones, such as potty training.
In the end, the most striking difference with this school is that everything the teachers and staff do is based on lots of love. This isn’t just a job, and the way the school is run reflects that. Holidays are celebrated in a way that I Have never seen them celebrated at any other school. For Halloween, they held an outdoor carnival with a dozen stations and had a petting zoo. For Christmas, they bring in Santa and take photos of each child with Santa. For each child’s birthday, they have a special event planned during class celebrating the child while also including the parent in the celebration.
The biggest key that my son is in the right place is if we happen to pass the school on the weekend he starts yelling 'that’s my school!' in a proud and happy way. And, in the year my son has been enrolled at Storybooks he has gone from hating school to loving it."
Rachel Clow (Joshua, Class of 2013)