Tag Archives: Experiential Education

Experiential Learning in Senior Elementary Grades Four to Six

Quebec City 2018

Every year our Senior Elementary Students embark on an experiential learning opportunity. This year in 2018 students traveled to Quebec City for 4 days and 3 nights with their teachers.

On their second day in beautiful Quebec City students experienced hands on what it is like to be in a circus, they boarded a motor coach and departed for Ecole de Cirque de Quebec. On this journey they learned how to fly on the trapeze, juggle, jump on the trampoline, and take a general lesson on clowning around.

After a delicious lunch in Old Quebec, students took a guided walking tour of Old Quebec with local guides.  Students journeyed old buildings and proud monuments that lined the winding streets, picturesque lanes, and steep winding staircases. Also, on schedule for the day was a self-guided visit to Musee de la Civilisation.

Day three consisted of Beaupre Coast Driving Tour, in this rural area of Quebec, they saw the seigneurial system first hand.

By 9:45 am that day the students had a self-guided visit of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre Basilica which tourists and pilgrims visit this Romanesque cathedral and it hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year!

To share in Quebec’s colour past, storytellers introduced groups to some of Quebec’s most famous legends using large and beautiful wooden relief sculptures by master Alphonse Pare and his students.

On the last day the students visited Montmorency Falls the most spectacular natural wonders of the Beaupre Coast. Onto Soldier of the Martello Tower accompanied by British offers, the students learned all about the conditions of the soldiers living in Martello Towers. Exposed to a Quebec traditions the students enjoyed a traditional sugar shack meal followed by folk music, dancing and maple taffy served on snow!

Education Matters Seminar-February- Montessori Program in the Elementary Level

Curious about the Montessori Program in the Elementary Level and if it is right for your child?

Come for coffee and refreshments and join Anna Campbell, Director of Programming at Dearcroft, who will be answering all of your questions.

Education Matters is an informative seminar to learn more about Montessori in the older years and why it is your natural choice. This seminar will be broken into two separate sessions, Junior Elementary and Senior Elementary.

You are welcome to sign up for either one, or both sessions. We welcome friends and family to this seminar and anyone who you think might be interested in learning more about Montessori in the elementary years.

We are offering three sessions.

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Dearcroft Montessori School

(The West Wind Junior High building)

1. Junior Elementary (Grades 1 -3)

 Information Session will be held between 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

2. Senior Elementary (Grades 4-6)

Information Session will be held between 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

3. Elementary 

Information Session will be held between 6:00 p.m. -7 :00 p.m.

Space is limited, you can RSVP your spot to:

 s.nelson@dearcroft-montessori.com 

This seminar is open to anyone who would like to learn more about Montessori in the Elementary years.

About Anna Campbell: 

Anna is the Director of Programming at Dearcroft Montessori School. She is also an AMI (American Montessori Internationale) and AMS (American Montessori Society) trained teacher as well as an AMS teacher-trainer.  Anna has over 30 years experience and has created, developed and implemented the Elementary programs at Tall Pines and Dearcroft, as well as the Preschool Program at Rotherglen and Brampton Montessori Schools. Anna is a mother of two children with a background in Early Childhood Education.

We look forward to having you at this seminar.

Thank you,

Dearcroft Staff

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/