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Welcome back!

A warm welcome back to the new academic year.

Thank you to the parents who attended our Parent Information Session Wine & Cheese last evening.  We look forward to an amazing year at Dearcroft Montessori School and thank you all for being a part of our Dearcroft Community. Please mark your calendars for our next Parent Information night scheduled on November 1st called Next Level Program. This is a great informative evening that will provide explanations for all levels, Toddler through Grade 8.

A global presence for over a century, the Montessori method of education has enriched countless lives in schools around the world.

At Dearcroft each child is followed as an individual and a program is designed specifically to meet his or her needs.

Dearcroft builds the foundation of community,  global awareness, gratitude, a love for Canada, culture, the environment and most of all the love for learning. Children are free to be themselves, and to take initiative which inspires confidence, independence and most important, self-esteem.

Each child is celebrated, supported and guided.

Why Bother Learning Cursive?

Why Learn Cursive

At Dearcroft Montessori, children in the Casa classroom (ages 3-5 yrs) learn cursive. Many children find it far less taxing because of the natural flow and are able to avoid common reversals, such as ‘b’ and ‘d’.

The activities they begin with in Casa may seem basic, but all activities have hidden goals that help reinforce Language and math literacy. Within writing, children often first learn by seemingly unrelated activities, such as cleaning tables.

While it would appear to have nothing to do with literacy, they are taught to wipe from left to right in a natural flow which starts them into the sequential steps of writing. From there they often begin tracing sounds on sandpaper letters, then forming those same letters in the sand, and finally writing on chalkboards. This is an example of how Dr. Maria Montessori materials were designed to be multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting.

http://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/why-im-teaching-my-kid-cursive

Current research validates our observations, proving that handwriting activates neural circuits allowing students to find greater success in several different facets.

Here is a link to an article that outlines some of the reasons why our Casa students practice cursive.

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/36080/does-losing-handwriting-in-school-mean-losing-other-skills-too

Real Food for Real Kids Catering- Hot Meal Program

New for this school year 2017/2018! Real Food for Real Kids Catering…

Welcome to the Real Food Community – Parents

We have been very pleased with our Hot Lunch Program. Dearcroft has been working with Real Food for Real Kids catering. After listening to parent’s feedback we researched options that truly recognize the importance of healthy, fresh, nutritious meals that kids enjoy. Real Food for Real Kids came as the most highly respected leader in the community, with outstanding reviews from their clients.

While convenience is of importance, we recognize that many parents are looking for lunches that will help provide their children with energy for the whole day and set healthy eating patterns for life. Real Food for Real Kids strives to change the way children eat by helping them connect to real food. In addition to inspiring our children to make healthier choices everyday, Real Food for Real Kids is also committed to supporting local farmers and producers, and reducing their impact on the environment. We hope you will take some time to browse their website as we feel they are a great match to the values of our Dearcroft families. Hot meals will be available to all Dearcroft students, from toddler to Grade 8 (portion size adjusted). In fact, we have enjoyed the start of our experience with Real Food for Real Kids so much that we even have staff members ordering! We are very excited about starting this new program, and if you find it a struggle to provide a fresh, healthy lunch everyday then we encourage you to give it a try, no matter the age of your child.

https://rfrk.com/childcares/

Open House – February 2018

Please join us for Saturday, February 3, 2018
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Every February we welcome parents and children, family and friends to tour our campus and ask questions about Dearcroft Montessori.

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 Independent 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.

What parents are saying:

“The owners, teachers and staff at Dearcroft are wonderful, caring people. The Montessori method, which allows children the freedom to focus where they’re most interested at times, and return to what challenges them most, in a compassionate way, is incredible. It’s amazing how children can flourish when properly supported, and we feel extremely privileged to have our children enrolled in such a school that provides such support. The gorgeous treed campus is a child’s wonderland. ”

According to my daughter: “We learn so much, in fun ways. We get lot’s of opportunities to do projects. My teachers are so nice. Learning from all the variety of materials is so helpful.”

Matt Gilgan ~ Parent in Junior and Senior Elementary

“Oliver, our three-year-old son has really enjoyed his time with all the schoolmates and teachers in Dearcroft and we are so thankful that he has been very well taken care of considering the big changes that he was going through with his change of school. We still remember that on the first day we brought Oliver to school that he barely looked back and cried as he entered the class. I’m very attentive on these tiny details which show that my little one felt at ease since day one. We have been incredibly impressed with Dearcroft’s nurturing, caring and professional approach to child education. I think we have met the most passionate and professional Montessori educators in Dearcroft.

 Thank you so much for all you have done in making our son feel comfortable, cared for and safe.

As a Dad, I can only wish that Oliver’s next journey will be filled with the same joy and excitement for learning that he has found in Dearcroft.

 We love Dearcroft and we are glad to be part of the Dearcroft family.”

 ~Sissy Yu and Roger Jie Luo (Oliver’s parents)_ Prima Casa

“What Dearcroft Means to me is a place where my children get to experience a community and personal relationships with their teachers.  They have been nurtured and cared for in ways that they wouldn’t have experienced elsewhere.”

~ Monica Kwias Parent

My Dearcroft…. student’s perspective:

“Dearcroft is my home, it is a safe place and I love it here. In Dearcroft no one hurts another person mentally or physically. At Dearcroft our teachers teach us not only about work but also about responsibility, kindness, initiative, and humor.”~ Senior Elementary Student

“Dearcroft means helpful because everybody helps me in their own way. I am thankful for going to the best school ever! Every year we go on a trip for 3 days. We go to Camp Muskoka!” ~ Junior Elementary Student

“To me Dearcroft means love. It means family. Whenever I’m feeling sad my friends and teachers know what to do. My Dearcroft is always trying to make the world a better place in every way we can.” ~Senior Elementary Student

“I went to Dearcroft Montessori from Casa to Grade 8 – The full eleven years. The two parts of Dearcroft that really stood out to me was the sense of community and the love of learning that has carried onto the rest of my education. The eleven years I spent at Dearcroft will forever be in my dearest memories. “~ Emma – Graduate

We look forward to meeting you on our campus at our Open House… Saturday, February 3rd 2018. Come see why Dearcroft is your Natural Choice.

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 Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice (Part #2)

The Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice: 

Often parents come to the realization that Montessori is the perfect alternative that can deliver all the benefits of homeschooling.

Regarding traditional schools, Maria Montessori wrote: “education is…largely directed toward the suppression or bending of the child’s will, and the substitution for it of the teachers will which demands from the child unquestioning obedience.”  The Montessori Method is based around the finding that children have an inherent desire to learn.  Montessori schools provide an individual program enriched with hands- on learning materials that focus on practical life skills. The classrooms are designed to mimic a forest, where children can walk freely.

Maria Montessori realized that the goal of education should be creating independence for students. She found that teachers are most effective when working as observers, directing the innate psychological development of children. A Montessori school feels like a home.

Montessori schooling has created some of the most innovative minds of our time, such as Google, Wikipedia, and Amazon founders. Montessori education provides students with freedom to pursue their own interests, inspiring a genuine life-long passion for learning.

“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not just by listening to words, but also by experiences in the environment.”- Maria Montessori

Schedule a tour today to discover why Dearcroft Montessori School is your natural choice.

Open House is Saturday, October 21st, 2017 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

The Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice (Part #1)

Alternatives From The Traditional Schooling System:

A lot of times we hear from parents, “my child was not thriving in a traditional setting and so we decided to find other options.”  Some possibilities for parents that are looking for alternatives from the traditional schooling system include homeschooling their children and a Montessori education.

In a traditional classroom setting, classes are centred around one teacher standing at the front of the class, providing the same lesson to thirty students.  This approach can be hard for the students. Some might miss the lesson because they feel overwhelmed with this learning style, others might be distracted and just not be paying attention; they usually work on it for a bit and move on to the next lesson. Teachers are under such strict guidelines. Where is the enjoyment in this style of learning?

Education is perhaps the most critical component to a child’s development, with a lasting legacy that permeates throughout our lifetime.  As parents we want to give our children the best start, and most importantly our children need to feel fulfilled, happy, inspired and nurtured.  Unfortunately many parents are finding the opposite when they send their children to a traditional school.

 Homeschooling can be an alternative for some parents:

  • They want school to feel like a home (traditional school can feel like an institution)
  • They want a smaller class size to help increase focus (traditional school classroom sizes are too large)
  • Parents feels like they can teach their child better than the school can (child not thriving in a traditional setting)
  • Parents can teach a lesson in a shorter time period and have opportunity for other experiences (feeling like the days are too long; too much time sitting on a school bus, lots of time wasted while waiting for the group)
  • Want to teach a particular religion
  • They want their child to have a positive experience (some face negative experiences and frustration in traditional settings)

Homeschooling is a nice opportunity for families that are able to manage it. However, we hear from parents that they would love to stay home and teach their children, but are just not able to do so based on various factors in their lives, or their desire to ensure their children have a social experience and the benefits that come with being in a group.

….to be continued.