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Dearcroft Family Discount Wai Nui Canoe and SUP Camp

Dear Dearcroft family:

Our canoe club has had the pleasure of hosting Dearcroft students paddling during spring and falls for the last few years. This year we have expanded the camps we offer, and are delighted to offer you a 10% discount for registering for our half-day morning summer camp during the week of July 2 – 5, for any registration prior to May 1st.

VERY IMPORTANT- If you are taking advantage of this amazing offer, please write on the registration form that your child is from Dearcroft Montessori School to receive the 10% discount.

We often hear back that our camps are ‘the best ever’ from parents as well as from kids themselves. Please join us to share the joy of outdoor life on the water in our urban wilderness.

http://wainuioutrigger.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Camp-programs-2019.pdf

Wendy Perkins

Commodore

http://wainuioutrigger.net/registration/

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/

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.

Oakville’s Original Montessori School

Maria Montessori

Early in the 1900’s a method was developed by a woman way beyond her time. Maria Montessori grew up in Italy in the 1800’s and was the first female to graduate from medical school in Italy. After working with children in the insane asylums of Rome, she shifted her focus from being a Medical Doctor to becoming an educator. She had an initial breakthrough when she was selected to run a school for one of the slums in Rome. Montessori created her first Casa dei Bambini, also known as Children’s home, in the 1900’s. It was very successful and eventually her method expanded worldwide.

“I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori Method”.

~Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori’s method was based upon observing children in their environment, and is very different from a traditional school.   The roots of Montessori’s method are found in the natural way children learn. The approach builds the foundation for a lifetime of self-fulfillment because each individual child learns at their own pace and therefore gets to enjoy and experience what they are learning.

At Dearcroft Montessori School our experienced staff take great pride in offering a warm and engaging environment for students, providing programs for toddlers through Grade 8. Celebrating 50 years of leadership and innovation, Dearcroft Montessori School, founded in 1968, is Oakville’s original Montessori School and one of the first Canada-wide. It is situated within walking distance of downtown Oakville on a historic two-acre property. Dearcroft is CCMA accredited and a founding member of the Oakville Independent Schools.

Come Discover Why Dearcroft Montessori School is your Natural Choice…

Open House Dates 2017/2018

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

Saturday February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.