Inspiring one Scientist at a Time

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.

https://canada2067.ca/en/articles/finding-stem-in-your-childs-future/

Parent Workshop #4 ~ Your Family’s Best Defence for this Year’s Cold & Flu Season

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!

http://www.abatonim.com

RSVP BY: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 To: s.nelson@dearcroftmontessori.com

This event is Open to the Public~ Friends and Family are more than welcome to attend. 

Veteran Gets Letters from Dearcroft Montessori Students

 

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.

Sincerely,
The Senior Elementary Class

https://chathamvoice.com/2017/11/01/chatham-veteran-gets-letters-from-oakville-students/

Information Session “Next Level” Night Follow-up

 

 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

‘Dearstock’ Blast From The Past

We loved seeing everyone at our  ‘Dearstock’ Fall Festival Blast From The Past!

Dearcroft  students and parents joined us for a trip down memory lane to 1968, the year that Dearcroft’s long-standing legacy began.

After picking up their child/ren from their classroom, the festivities  began in the backyard and included crafts, a bouncy castle, our annual Junior High chili cook-off, and a student-led sing along to some ‘Dearstock’ songs of the era.

Students were ready to show their spirit with tie-dye t-shirts, and parents sported 1968/Woodstock costumes and won the “Dearcroft Spirit Award”.

It was a great way to start the year off with a chance to connect, relax and begin celebrating our 50th anniversary.

Open House at Dearcroft Montessori

Oakville’s Original Montessori School

Celebrating 50 years… Dearcroft Montessori was established in 1968 and has remained family owned and operated throughout its history by a team of dedicated Montessori educators.

As Oakville’s original Montessori School and the third oldest Independest school in our community, Dearcroft is CCMA accredited and a founding member of the Oakville Independent Schools.

Our nurturing, highly dedicated staff take great pride in providing a naturally beautiful, warm and engaging learning environment for our students.

Dearcroft offers programs for Toddlers to Grade 8, through a dynamic, highly enriched learning experience within our supportive and close-knit community.

 

Our highly experienced and qualified staff, excellent ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on all aspects of each child’s development. We look forward to meeting you on our campus at our Open House…this Saturday, October 21st, 2017. Come see why Dearcroft is your Natural Choice.

The Importance of an Accredited Montessori School- Tips to Consider

Tips for looking into a Montessori School for your Family

According to the CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators) website:

“CCMA sets standards to protect the Montessori name.  Accreditation by CCMA is a way to help schools be accountable to each other, parents, and the larger community.  It also helps establish a consistency of standards and the preservation of the Montessori philosophy of education.  For parents, CCMA provides information and education to help make good choices and support their children in Montessori schools.”

A CCMA School offers your child:

  • A carefully prepared child-centred environment
  • Mixed age (family groupings) per classroom
  • An opportunity to progress at his/her own pace
  • Activity-based learning
  • Freedom and responsibility
  • Co-operation, collaboration, not competition

A CCMA School offers you as a parent:

  • Ongoing feedback on your child’s progress
  • An invitation to participate in many aspects of school life
  • An environment where parents and teachers support each other with the desire to help your child be successful

 The best way to learn about a school is to attend an Open House or Visit the school for a Tour around the campus:

  • You want to ensure that the Montessori Environment is focused more on the student’s learning than on a Teacher’s Teaching.
  • It is an individualized, child-centred program.
  • The Montessori Environment also offers an enriched program tailored to meet the needs of each student.
  • Teachers guide, coach and facilitate each child’s learning through continuous observation and assessment.
  • Low student/teacher ratios
  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Individual and small-group lessons

 

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of their greater possibilities of their future .”.

Maria Montessori

 

Ensuring that you personally visit and spend time observing various Montessori Schools to make the most informed decision will put you at ease and help you envision your child thriving in this environment.

 In Montessori Schools children are treated as a whole person; they are respected and therefore they respect one another and their classroom.

Dearcroft provides programs for toddlers through Grade 8. We offer an intimate learning experience within our supportive and close-knit community. The comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on all aspects of each child’s development.

 

Please visit the CCMA website at cccma.ca for information and standards.

Come Visit The Dearcroft Montessori Campus situated on a beautiful, historic two-acre property, within walking distance of Downtown Oakville.

 Attend an Open House:

Saturday October 21st, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.