“Special Needs: I have my second son this year in Purple Potamus and he is also receiving therapy for a speech delay through I'm for kids team that works directly with Purple 'Potamus. He looks forward to school and learning because they make it a fun place to be. I have seen a great improvement already in his speech. I love to see his confidence grow as he develops new skills.
Parent Involvement: There is a lot of parent involvement whether it be a field trip to the farm, vet clinic, grocery store, seniors home or library for giving them first hand experience. Parents are always requested if they want to join as volunteers. I have been to a few and thoroughly enjoyed getting invoved with kids. I was also scheduled a time for us to observe the class on my request to see the polite and positive interaction with children. The teachers are very professional in the way they interact with the parents and the students, it sets a great example for everyone. Purple Potamus includes all different cultures, they have days where the students can dress up like their heritage and come to school. It really allows the kids to see what a diverse culture we live in and they get to know their fellow students a little better. Also the students get to learn different languages through songs and story's, it warms my heart when they are singing a french song or say something in Spanish. I would recommend this preschool to any parent looking to enroll their kids in preschool. I have really enjoyed watching my children learn new things and they really enjoyed going to Purple Potamus. Purple Potamus has been an important stepping stone to my childrens learning and will continue to recommend it as a preschool for moms who have children just entering the school system. Thanks to the whole team at Purple Potamus for being so amazing!!!! ” - Terra, Parent
Purple Potamus preschool was the best thing we (my husband and I ) could've done for my daughter. We were struggling at home because she didn't really have friends her age.. And needed her to socialize a little, but WOW what a difference now! This program has helped her become a better child from all perspectives. She is grown mentally in such a short time. It's given her so much confidence in herself, she is more friendlier now and understands about boundaries. She comes home telling us about her teachers and friends. She is always so happy singing the songs she has learnt at school and loves showing us her crafts. She is definitely a confident and happy child thanks to all the hard work done at Purple Potamus.
As this year was my first time registering my daughter for preschool, Dolly Asaria made this process feel so much easier than what it seemed. She has helped me and still does with so many things. She will answer my questions and will always listen carefully to my concerns... She is a great Director and is also involved with the kids at the school. My daughter always says: "I love my teachers and Miss Dolly".
Miss Lyne is the perfect teaching role model. Being my daughter's first teacher, I couldn't have asked for better! She is a patient, motivating, inspiring, caring and loving person. She helps her through her difficulties, showing her the right way. She will give her support and will praise her when she has done something well. I can tell my little one trusts her judgement and will do things to impress her. That's when you know she is being an exceptional teacher; not just by sharing her knowledge but also by knowing each child's needs and caring for them for who they are. Regards ” - Amani, Parent
“Hi Dolly, I just wanted to let you know that Kaylin, Keira and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Christmas Songs and Stories put on by Quest theater last Friday. The performers were very entertaining, funny and able to actively engage the children, both of my girls had a great time. Thank you for arranging this special treat.” - Erin, Parent
“Hi Dolly. The acting group from Quest Theater that came last Friday and put the show on for the class was incredible. I stayed so that my youngest daughter could enjoy the show as well and was thrilled with the singing, songs and level of participation. You could tell the kids all really enjoyed it and I thought it was really well done. Thank you for bringing in such a special act. It certainly put all of us in the Christmas Spirit.”- Amber, Parent
“When my daughter started at Purple 'Potamus she was nearly 4 and was very nervous and had separation anxiety issues (no daycare or previous camps/classes to get her used to leaving Mom). It was a tough start and she would cry at the start, but the teachers were SO incredibly supportive, and caring, and they handled each day with a bright smile and really helped her adjust. She found so much comfort seeing them each day, and talked about her teachers endlessly at home. By the end of the year you'd never guess she was the same kid! Completely outgoing, lively, playful, and a great participator in all the class activity and performances. Purple Potamus made an incredible difference in her life, and made the journey into Kindergarten a joy for her and us as parents! Throughout the year she grew in so many ways: confidence (!), 4 languages (yup!), letters/reading, friendship, culture, patience, communication, creativity and concentration. The curriculum at Purple Potamus was appropriate and thorough, and she learned each subject deeply. I attribute a lot of her success in Kindergarten (and she's excelling) to how she was taught in preschool. Her year at Purple Potamus was very memorable, her sister can't wait to attend, and it really enriched her life. Plus she made some great friendships that have carried into Kindergarten.” - Blaine, Parent
“Another important component of children’s development is nurturing their individuality, however they may express it. Purple ’Potamus kids learn how to say hello in several languages, recognize major cultural celebrations and share special days through show and tell or snack time. Perhaps more importantly, children’s unique situations are respected and their development is structured to meet their comfort level. I was very impressed to see a grandmother become a ‘permanent‘ volunteer for the first two months of preschool when her granddaughter cried inconsolably every time she was brought to school. Eventually, the grandmother phased herself out of attendance and the granddaughter now thrives at the school because her fears were addressed and conquered jointly by the family and the school.” - Jyoti, Parent
“Dolly promotes Educational options to the parents of pre-school children. She has an in-depth, well-structured vision of the needs of pre-school children within the community. The success of this program, which is held in high esteem by parents, is due to Dolly’s ability to have meaningful communication with parents, students and staff. A warm, caring atmosphere was apparent on my first visit. Dolly showed me around and answered my questions. I was impressed with her answers as she explained, right from her Philosophy to daily routines. Given my experiences as an Early Years teacher Dolly and her centre seemed to provide excellent learning opportunities for my three grandsons. Having also explored other Early Childhood centres I felt that our grandsons would have more success at the Purple ’Potamus and would be in a safe and secure environment.” - Tricia, Parent
“The monthly newsletters make me feel so connected with my daughter , I’m always updated and I always feel that even though I’m not with Nadine at school, I still participate in what’s she’s doing . I wait, literally every time, for the craft that she’s doing that day. Dolly makes sure that every parent KNOWS, and that for me is very important.” - Zainab, Parent
“The school takes great care in providing children with any extra help they may need. Through the “I’m For Kids” program it was identified our son had trouble with “f” in a word. In the short time they have been working with our son we have seen great improvement in his pronunciation of “f's” in a word. Although this may seem small there are many other children who have and will receive much more in-depth help through the preschool and the programs they support.” - Curtis and Sarah, Parents
“One of the greatest things about Purple ’Potamus’ is focusing on diversity and respect to all other cultures. As an immigrant to this country I’m so grateful that my daughter is learning that people are different, she now understand that there are a lot of different languages and nationalities and she is always excited to learn about them. Thanks to all the school activities that emphasise the concept of respect to everyone.” - Zainab, Parent
“Purple Potamus has taught my son Samuel about friendship, communication, and other cultures. I’m very happy with the choice we made with putting our son in Dolly’s pre school. The change in my son is amazing and my family has even noticed. My brother is now considering putting his children in the same pre school” - Jennie Griffith, Parent
“To the Teachers of Purple 'Potamus: THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! This is one of my favorite actiity/experiment that we did while at Purple Potamus. This was taken after 7 days we started making this 'CATTERPILLER' grass. I enjoyed watching how it grows. And the same feeling as I know for sure that you also enjoyed watching me as I learned and GROW while I'm at your school. Anyway,I thank you for everything especially for being patient and WONDERFUL teacher to me. You all will be missed - Love, Kei Mumma-Martin” Click here to see Kei's Caterpillar
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