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Dearcroft Goes Beyond Traditional Expectations of Education

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For over 50 years Dearcroft Montessori School, one of Canada’s original Montessori institutions, has been cultivating the most creative, learned, and ambitious toddler, preschool, elementary and junior high cohorts in Ontario.  Situated in the lush beauty of a historic estate in Oakville, a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario, the town centre, and the region’s affordance of nature, Dearcroft Montessori School offers more than just an education – it offers a foundation upon which to build a life.

Maria Montessori was a pioneer.  Italy’s first female doctor “developed a unique ‘scientific pedagogy’ known as the Montessori Method” which has been employed in thousands of schools for over a century all around the world.  It is Montessori’s pedagogical approach, and its evolution, that sets Dearcroft apart from other private and public school options for your children.

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A Montessori institution goes beyond traditional expectations of education, and “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 the individual spirit within people of all ages.”  Through this credo, students are empowered to become and understand all facets of responsibility, and citizenship, in addition to scholastic goals and expectations.

small group lessonsMontessori classrooms are functional and malleable apparatuses devoted to providing a diverse and involved approach to learning, promising “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.”  Beyond academic pursuits, Dearcroft – within the
Montessori spirit – offers students engagement in extracurricular arts, music, language, athletics, and travel programming.

A Montessori school is not simply brick and mortar, nor is it the sum of pedagogical pursuits and educational expectation.  It is a home, a place where those who have experienced the Montessori mission can find comfort and community, even years after graduation.  It is where your child will take their first steps to truly finding themselves.

Practical Life Skills

 

Montessori students are very helpful when it comes to practical life skills.

In the classroom you will find them sweeping and mopping the floor, cleaning and setting the tables, washing dishes, cutting fruit, preparing snack, pouring water, serving food with utensils, baking, dusting etc… These are all tasks that they love to do, they love looking after themselves and their classroom. It fosters independence and sense of self, with a deeper understanding for their place in this world.

Our Third Year Casa students had a lesson in baking cupcakes.

 

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.

 

Dearcroft’s Golden Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating 50 Years!

On Friday June 15th, at Dearcroft Montessori School at 7:00 p.m. To end this school year, Dearcroft Montessori celebrated 50 years a school! Dearcroft’s alumni, friends, and families  gathered for a relaxed, outdoor evening to celebrate Dearcroft’s Golden Anniversary with live music, great food and drinks!

 

We  were excited to be joined by our ‘Dearfriend’, Mike Branton, one of Canada’s finest blues guitarists. Mike provided our musical entertainment with some great blues and classic tunes. Catered by a long-time business in the heart of Downtown Oakville, Seasons Restaurant who give back to the Oakville Community by catering many charity events.  Serving up some special martinis and cocktails to commemorate this special occasion was  Zirkova Vodka. Zirkova Vodka is partnered with Oceanic Global- the international creative non-profit committed to protecting the environment and world’s ocean against irrevocable damage. Dearcroft is delighted to partner with these philanthropic businesses who have a commitment to giving back, locally and globally. 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 impact on the oceans and conservation of marine species.

Joy Day!

On Monday December 18th the students were filled with spirit; they were dressed in their best holiday attire as they celebrated Joy Day!

 

With the holidays fast approaching, the teachers at Dearcroft wanted to plan a special morning for all of the children at the school to enjoy.

In keeping with the Montessori Pedagogy, each child was grouped based on mulit-ages, ranging from 18 months to 13 years.  Each student was put into a special group: Santa, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph and they rotated throughout the morning, spending time at each station. The older children helped the younger children with crafts, they read stories, they danced, and they held their hands through each transition.

Joy day was filled with music, laughter, critters, creatures, stories, sparkles, stickers, glue, music, and lots of fun!

 

From our Dearcroft Family to yours, we would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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/