Former Student, Rachel Worton, comes back to Dearcroft Montessori as a Teacher’s Assistant.
“Coming back to Dearcroft has been a very nostalgic experience. I was once a former student at Dearcroft and now I am a Teacher’s Assistant in the casa classroom. I can still remember my first day at Dearcroft, I was one of the only children who didn’t cry after my parents dropped me off. I went around handing out tissues trying to make other children feel better.
On my first day as a Teaching Assistant I found myself happy to do the same thing; comforting children who were sad to leave their parents for the first time.
I don’t remember many things about the program because I was so young, however my mom told me I would work with the pink tower, and that I really enjoyed matching cards, and I was excited to wash tables everyday! It’s a good feeling watching the children do things that I experienced in the classroom as a child. And it’s a great feeling being able to see the children succeed and be full of happiness just as I was as a child.
I can honestly say that I come to work everyday happy to be at Dearcroft, just as I did as a child attending the Casa program. Working with children has its challenges but this experience thus far, has motivated me even more to pursue my career as a teacher! “
Science Day at Dearcroft Montessori
We give the name scientist to the type of man who has felt experiment to be a means guiding him to search out the deep truth of life, to lift a veil from its fascinating secrets, and who, in this pursuit, has felt arising within him a love for the mysteries of nature, so passionate as to annihilate the thought of himself.
Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method
On Friday November 17th the halls at Dearcroft Montessori School were buzzing with excitement as the students always seem extra enthusiastic to get to school when it is Science Day.
Our workshops were hosted by Scientist in School which is a not-for-profit organization. According to their website, “Scientists in School (SiS) is a dynamic Canadian charity dedicated to helping Kindergarten to Grade 8 students to become ‘scientists in their school’, catalyzing long-lasting interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and environmental stewardship and engineering and potentially encouraging future careers in science-related fields.” http://www.scientistsinschool.ca/about-sis.php
Classrooms were filled with parent volunteers who were set-up with small group science workshops. Scientists in School visited each class to present workshops on a range of science topics.
Here is a description from SIS on what the Dearcroft Students experienced on Science Day:
The Casa students aged 2.5 to 5 years of age learned about Simply Marvellous Machines. They discovered how simple machines help you every day. They enjoyed finding simple machines at an imaginary playground as they experimented with inclined planes, dug with wedges and made a lever to test at home. They investigated how pulleys make work easier and explored how to make bubbles using gears.
The Junior Elementary students in grades 1 through 3 were very busy building their knowledge of structural strength and stability. These junior engineers investigated how the strength of a material can be altered by its shape. They also created structures and learned about the impact of forces acting upon them. They were encouraged to take up the challenge to design, build and test a bridge.
The Senior Elementary students in grades 4 and 5 explored how the human body works. They assembled a urinary system to filter simulated plasma. They got to build a model of the respiratory system. They tested their reflexes and measured their vital capacities. They followed a cell as it travels through a large-scale model of the heart.
The Senior Elementary students in grade 6 participated in a workshop of Celestial Sleuths where they experienced the exploration of the solar system and the bodies within it to finally understand the real definition of “space”. They orbited through the phases of the moon and reflected on the changes we see from Earth. They discovered the challenges astronauts face in space and were able to build their own working model of the Canadarm End Effector.
The Junior High students enjoyed learning about Systems at Work. They discovered the work done by simple machines, how they create mechanical advantage, and how they can be used to overcome obstacles. They explored incline planes, wheels, levers and pulleys. They analyzed how friction affects mechanical advantage. They investigated how simple machines can be combined to create complex systems used in building communities and to aid in disaster relief.
Here is a great article on the value of STEM and how to encourage your children on the path of science and education.
Dearcroft Montessori School 1167 Lakeshore Road East
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Join Naturopathic Doctor and Mom, Dr. Denise Handscomb, for an informative seminar on immune health! Learn ways to support your child’s immune system to keep you and your family healthy this winter season! There will be a door prize so don’t miss out!
RSVP BY: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is Open to the Public~ Friends and Family are more than welcome to attend.
Thank you Mr. Henderson, WWII veteran and Lancaster pilot, for helping us gain an appreciation of the atrocities of war. Your story awed our class, and has inspired us to become peace makers. We are honoured you took the time to respond to our questions, and will continue to share your story.
The Senior Elementary Class
Thank you to all parents who were able to join us on Thursday, November 2nd 2017 for our “Next Level Night” event.
We really enjoyed having you and your child in our classes.
Parents who attended had a chance to see the students in action in the classrooms and were able to see the students’ work and learn more about the each program curriculum, ranging from Toddlers (18 months) to Junior High (13 years).
It was such a fun and informative night! Our students were eager to show their parents some of the wonderful Montessori materials that they enjoy working with on a daily basis.
Parents also had a chance to hear about what makes each and every one of our classrooms such a great place, and how our programs differ from a traditional classroom approach.
We really enjoyed seeing all of our Dearcroft families attend this event.
Sincerely the Dearcroft Montessori Staff