Join us at our Winter Open House, meet our dynamic staff and students as we tour you around our school.
Education is perhaps the most critical component of a child’s development, with a legacy that permeates throughout his/her 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.
One of the greatest benefits of Montessori education is building real-life skills that carry over when it is time to enter the workforce. Problem-solving, creativity, team work and responsibility run through the veins of a Montessori child.
At Dearcroft Montessori School our experienced staff take great pride in offering a warm and engaging environment for students providing programs for toddlers to grade 8.
A Montessori education consciously designs social communities and educational experiences that cultivate the child’s sense of self-awareness and empathy. Montessori learning environments allow for the respect and celebration of individual spirit within people of all ages.
At Dearcroft/West Wind Montessori School the comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent student to teacher ratios and long term relationships allow us to focus on the individual child’s development keeping in-line with Montessori best practices. All of our classrooms feature: individualized, child-centred programs, enriched programming tailored to meet the needs of each student; multi-age environments; low student-teacher ratios; hands-on experiential learning; individual and small group lessons and enriched music and French programming.
Montessori schools are designed to prepare children for both academic success and for life. It is not the adult who shapes the child, it is the child, who through experience, creates an adult human being.
Montessori teachers facilitate the natural process of learning. There is a connection between one’s sense of self, being open to new ideas, and experience to learn.
Montessori schools work on academic excellence and character development. Teachers follow the child, stay committed to providing guidance in an enriched environment, and help the child learn to his/her fullest potential.
Join us for our Casa information session to discuss the planes of development, the years after Casa, and what you can do at home to best support your child.
Please RSVP your attendance at your earliest convenience.
Oakville’s original Montessori School Toddler Program!
“Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.” -Maria Montessori
The Toddler Program is for children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. This is the period when children’s lives are the most formative, such that they absorb impressions from all aspects of their surroundings.
The Toddler Program is a community where a group of young children explore the world together. Toddlers work in a carefully designed environment where everything is child-sized. Children are expected to take on greater responsibility for themselves and eventually others. Practical life activities include many of the everyday tasks children observe their parents doing at home. At Dearcroft Montessori our toddlers enjoy and take pride in caring for their environment, themselves and each other.
Our learning environment has a diverse set of Montessori materials, activities and experiences. We have a schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted learning time. The bright and beautiful, spacious classroom encourages social interactions.
We work closely with parents in bringing the home environment in sync with the school environment. It is important that all children feel happy and safe in our school community.
We encourage you to come and book a tour of our school.
It’s time to celebrate! Join us for a relaxed evening as we mark our Golden Anniversary. This will be a great chance to spend time with those connected to Dearcroft, both past and present. Enjoy an adult night out in our natural campus with lots of food and drinks and live entertainment.
We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you!
There will be lots of food and drinks and live entertainment all night long.
Seasons Restaurant has generously donated a dinner party for eight in their private wine cellar to enjoy a tasting menu paired with wine. This amazing prize valued at $800 will be raffled off so please bring cash to buy raffle tickets (5 tickets for $10 or 15 tickets for $20).
How to purchase tickets?
(Cheques made payable to Dearcroft Montessori)
Cheque or Cash: Send a cheque (made out to Dearcroft Montessori School) or cash with your child to school. Tickets will be sent home with your child.
E-Transfer: Dearcroft will accept e-transfers at email@example.com Please remember to send a separate email with the password. Tickets will be sent by email.
By mail: Send a cheque to Dearcroft Montessori School at 1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON L6J 1L3. Tickets will be sent by mail or email. Let us know your preference and provide the necessary information.
In person:Drop by Dearcroft Montessori School and speak with the Administration.
PARENT EVENING PRESENTATION – Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard Thursday, May 17, 2018 –7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Free: Need to Register through the School
1400 Trafalgar Road, Oakville
Montessori for the 21st Century:
This presentation will help parents and teachers understand the science supporting basic Montessori principles, as well as what Montessori is and how it differs from conventional education. It includes an overview of the content of her book, Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (3rd edition – 2017, 2 new chapters, updated research). After a brief introduction to Montessori education, she will present up to 9 major principles, including the most recent research, showing that they support human development, and explain how they are implemented in Montessori classrooms. Dr. Lillard will also touch on where conventional education stands on those principles.
Dr. Angeline Stoll Lillard Dr. Lillard is an elected Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests include pretend play and Montessori education, and her book Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, now in its third edition, received the Cognitive Development Society Book Award. She is also interested in the development of theory of mind, children’s executive function, children and media, neuroplasticity, contemplative practices, and culture and development. Dr. Lillard has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Science and Pediatrics, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and many private foundations. She has been a keynote speaker at many Montessori conferences around the world.