My 14-month-old daughter, Zoe, has been in the Infant program since March 2017. As a single mom, I spent an an incredible amount of time researching the best infant care programs in Orange County because I did not want to send her to a typical daycare program and I wanted to place her in an environment where she would undoubtedly develop high self-esteem and independence, ultimately enabling her to thrive throughout each stage of life. I toured several other Montessori schools in Orange County, and there was at least something that I did not like about every non-LePort school. I then researched the differences between LePort and non-LePort, at which point I drew the conclusion that LePort was essentially the Harvard of Montessori schools.
Due to the fact that my daughter is being raised in a non-nuclear family, I will do anything in my power to ensure that she never feels as though something is missing in her life. As soon as I toured LePort, I filled out the enrollment forms. Since Zoe started in Ms. Komori's Infant 1 classroom, she has blossomed! Ms. Komori is truly an incredible woman. I also adore the assistant teachers. But Ms. Komori and Zoe have a very special bond. It's beautiful to witness such a soul connection as her mother.
LePort also has a very homey vibe. The classrooms are immaculate; the learning tools are expansive; the TLC is unprecedented. I was so scared to be away from Zoe at first, but I know she is safe there, which is of pivotal importance to me for a plethora of reasons. Before you can step foot in the school, you have to enter a password on a keypad and then use your right index finger to check your child in and then out at the end of the day. I love knowing that potential predators lack access, unlike most other schools.
There is also a closed group on Facebook for LePort Irvine Spectrum parents and students, where teachers post photos and videos, which is awesome because I get to see what children are doing in other classes, thereby making me excited to see what Zoe's future holds at LePort. In January, Zoe will be transitioning into the Mandarin Chinese immersion program at a different LePort campus, and I am amazed that this even exists. I sure wish it had in the 1980s when I was growing up!
Compared to my friends who have babies that do not attend LePort, Zoe is ready to fly a plane and they're just bopping around watching YouTube videos. A lot of my friends are stay-at-home moms or have live-in nannies, which is lovely. However, in terms of development, Zoe is so much more advanced. Some examples: she feeds herself with real silverware; she eats from glass plates and refuses paper plates; she stopped drinking from a bottle a couple months ago and went straight to a cup; she knows how to butter her own bread and make fresh-squeezed orange juice; she has a sophisticated palate and I love making her various types of cuisine for lunch; she has an extensive vocabulary; she can communicate in sign language; she is very amicable and social, and I can take her anywhere without fear of being embarrassed.
The teachers maintain structure and a certain level of discipline, which is very important for children, but they NEVER raise their voices. I run my household the same way. Knowing that she is being educated in a nurturing environment fills me with so much joy. A lot of people think that Montessori school is too expensive but when you do the math, it's less expensive or about the same as a nanny would be. And, I am sorry, but there's no nanny that is going to as attentive as Ms. Komori and her staff. The school is also incredibly diverse. I feel as though her classroom is a mini UN, which is wonderful, because I want to make sure that Zoe sees souls before she does skin color. I am grateful beyond measure that I found LePort. I am already emotionally preparing myself for Zoe's transition to the Toddler program because Ms. Komori holds a very special place in my heart.
As long as we live in an area where there's a LePort campus, Zoe will be in attendance. I recommend LePort to ANYONE with a child. There's nowhere better. Even though Zoe's father is not in the picture (and never will be), I still feel like I have a "team" raising Zoe, and, as I like to say, teamwork makes the dream work. I will always be the wind beneath her wings, and nothing makes me happier than watching my girl soar. THANK YOU to everyone at LePort Irvine Spectrum for loving Zoe. You mean the world to US and I am eternally grateful.