Tag Archives: Montessori

New Toddler and Casa Student Classroom Visits

 Orientation Day for New Toddler and Casa Students is September 4th

Welcoming all new students for a classroom visit and to meet the Teachers.

PREPARING FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:  Please see the link below for information on preparing your Casa child for the first day of school.

https://www.montessoridaoshi.com/single-post/2018/08/01/Preparing-for-the-First-Day-of-School-3-6

Adjusting to new environments can take time. Here is a great article about the ‘honeymoon period’ and tips for what to expect over the next few weeks as children experience school for the first time.

https://www.montessoridaoshi.com/single-post/2018/08/27/The-Honeymoon-Period?fbclid=IwAR1b_TDmRa54SbK20gV1sgL51BM-BoEe6xDqjgKFuyYtll_96oFCl9KxHRk

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

The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators- Parenting Evening Presentation

 

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

Where

Sheridan College 

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.

Celebrated The Kick Off To Dearcroft’s 50th Anniversary Festivities with a local Pub Night Event

‘AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION AND WINTER BLUES’

On Thursday March 1st, at the Moonshine Cafe in Kerr Village Dearcroft Montessori alumni, friends, and families gathered to chase away the ‘Winter Blues’... while celebrating Dearcroft’s 50th Anniversary and spring’s imminent arrival!

MC for this milestone gathering was long time friend of Dearcroft and resident of Oakville… CBC/Hockey Night In Canada broadcasting host, Ron MacLean.

Dearfriend’, Mike Branton, one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists provided our musical entertainment with some great blues and classic tunes.

We raised money that evening to support a new scholarship honouring the memory of globally acclaimed documentary film maker Rob Stewart, a close friend of Dearcroft who died tragically in a scuba diving accident last year in Florida filming while filming a sequel to his remarkable movie, Sharkwater… a stunningly powerful film that alerted the world to the plight of sharks, the barbaric and unsustainable practice of shark finning and the emerging environmental crisis in the world’s oceans.

He inspired our students and people around the world through the brilliance of his work. At Dearcroft we are very excited to be developing a new collaboration with Dalhousie University’s Ocean School, a program educating Grade 6-8 students about coastal management, ocean pollution, climate’s affect on the oceans and conservation of marine species.

We can’t wait to celebrate with all of our ‘dearfriends’, ‘dearalumni’ and ‘dearfamilies’ on June 15th, 2018 for our big bash! More details to follow!

 

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

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/

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