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Now Accepting Applications for Toddler Program September 2018

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.

 

PA Day Activities for Dearcroft Families – February 23rd, 2018

February 23rd – PA DAY

 

PD Day Activities with KNB Learning and Sewing with Kay

We have organized some optional activities for Dearcroft students during our upcoming Parent Conference day on Friday, February 23rd.

If you are interested, please contact the hosts directly.

PA DAY CAMP Exclusive to Dearcroft Students at KNB Learning

PA Day camps are $99/day. These camps include both LEGO Robotics and Minecraft Education, and all regular outdoor activities and games. PA Day camps run from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Also, there is an option to do a half day, the cost is $59.

PA Day Camp Registration & Materials fee is $11.

KNB Learning™ programs are designed to engage many different learning styles – visual, kinesthetic, and experiential.

We follow the philosophy of learning through experience and play. For children, their play is their work. We continue the learning and fun over holiday breaks, through our Winter Break, March Break, and Summer Camps.

Follow these links to register:

http://Full Day LEGO, Robotics & Minecraft Education PD Day Camp

http://Half Day LEGO & Robotics PD Day Camp

http://Half Day Minecraft Education PD Day Camp

 

PA Day Camp~ February 23rd, 2018

UNICORN PILLOW CAMP!

 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sewing with Kay~ Learn, Create, Grow!

Sewing with Kay offers a fun relaxed atmosphere where a child can truly express their creative side!

Classes are designed to introduce children to the amazing world of sewing, guide them through a number of projects and help them build a sewing foundation.

To register, please email Kay to reserve your space.

sewingwithkay@bell.net

905.808.5297

407 Speers Rd Suite 205

Oakville, Ontario

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/

Information Session: “Next Level” Night

Come and experience Oakville’s Original Montessori School, celebrating 50 years of leadership and innovation.  Our campus is situated on a beautiful, historic two-acre property, within walking distance of downtown Oakville.

We invite you to discover why Dearcroft Montessori is your Natural Choice.  Join us on Thursday November 2nd, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to find out more information about what Dearcroft and West Wind Montessori have to offer your family, and why we have remained leaders in excellence for 50 years.

This informative evening will provide explanations for all of our levels, Toddler through Grade 8, and will be held in the main building located at 1167 Lakeshore Road East.  This event is for our current parents who would like more details about the next program level their child is entering, as well as for parents who are interested in learning more about Dearcroft.  This is a “must” attend event that will empower you in your decision-making.  We welcome any of your questions.

We have limited childcare spots available for the evening.

Please RSVP to info@dearcroft-montessori.com and indicate how many people will be attending and what program level you are interested in hearing about.

Learning Elementary