Tag Archives: Casa

Winter Open House (Virtual) Toddler & Casa

Virtual Open House:

Thursday,  February 11th 2021

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Casa Learning by Exploration

Join us at our Winter Open House, meet our dynamic staff and learn about our enriched Toddler and Casa Programs.

At Dearcroft/West Wind Montessori  School the comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent student to teacher ratios and long term relationships allow us to focus on the individual child’s development keeping in-line with Montessori best practices. All of our classrooms feature: 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.

To RSVP to our virtual Open House please email info@dearcroft-montessori.com and more details will follow.

We look forward to meeting with you online.

Virtual Curriculum Night – Thursday, November 5th, 2020

beyond traditional expectations, Montessori Method, scientific pedagogy, cultivate self-awareness

Join us at our  Virtual Open House Curriculum Information Night, we are excited to take you on a virtual tour of our school and highlight our curriculum programs from Toddler to Junior High.

Education is perhaps the most critical component of a child’s development, with a legacy that permeates throughout his/her lifetime. As parents, we want to give our children the best start, and most importantly our children need to feel fulfilled, happy, inspired and nurtured.

One of the greatest benefits of Montessori education is building real-life skills that carry over when it is time to enter the workforce. Problem-solving, creativity, team work and responsibility run through the veins of a Montessori child.

At Dearcroft Montessori School our experienced staff take great pride in offering a warm and engaging environment for students providing programs for toddlers to grade 8.

A Montessori education 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 individual spirit within people of all ages.

involved learning

At Dearcroft/West Wind Montessori  School the comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent student to teacher ratios and long- term relationships allow us to focus on the individual child’s development keeping in-line with Montessori best practices. All of our classrooms feature: 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.

To learn more, join us on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. 

RSVP to info@dearcroft-montessori.com

Casa Curriculum Session (Practical Life/Sensorial/Developmental Milestone

Casa Curriculum Session

Practical Life/Sensorial/Developmental Milestone

Montessori schools are designed to prepare children for both academic success and for life.  It is not the adult who shapes the child, it is the child, who through experience, creates an adult human being.
Montessori teachers facilitate the natural process of learning.  There is a connection between one’s sense of self, being open to new ideas, and experience to learn.
Montessori schools work on academic excellence and character development.  Teachers follow the child, stay committed to providing guidance in an enriched environment, and help the child learn to his/her fullest potential.
Join us for our Casa information session to discuss the planes of development, the years after Casa, and what you can do at home to best support your child.
Please RSVP your attendance at your earliest convenience.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Casa Curriculum Information Session (Language/Culture)

Join us for the Language/Culture Casa  Curriculum Information Session

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

2:15 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.

Mrs. Campbell, Director of Programming, along with Casa and Toddler teaching staff, will be hosting Casa Curriculum Sessions for Dearcroft parents in order to provide more information on the Montessori approach to the core curriculum areas in our Casa program.

Maria Montessori once said the child has a mind able to absorb knowledge.  The child has the power to teach himself.  Every child is born with the potential to create language and children absorb language unconsciously and through the child, language passes from generation to generation.  We as the adults must realize the importance of language and give the child an opportunity to create and explore with language.  We must understand that language is not the method of teaching, because it is the child who develops it, we must help children love language so they will enjoy it.

This important information is why we are inviting you to attend our Casa Curriculum Session on Language/Culture – to find out how language and culture is taught in a Montessori environment and why it works.

Please mark in your calendars all three Casa Curriculum Sessions:

2.  Wednesday, October 2nd – Language/Culture

3.  Wednesday, October 16th – Practical Life/Sensorial/Developmental Milestones

If you haven’t already, please confirm your attendance with Susanne Homer  (info@dearcroft-montessori.com) at your earliest convenience.

We hope to see you there!

Dearcroft Summer Program – limited space available

The summer program provides students with an opportunity to focus on Arts, Science, Sports and Nature and is available in two sessions.

Limited Space Available  – only 4 spots left

First Session: July 2nd – July 26th
Second Session: July 29th – August 16th

Each Session is comprised of fun physical activities that encourage hands-on exploration to create, explore and experiment in a safe and caring environment, as well as offering the Montessori principles in a multi-age group setting.

We have several community partners that offer a diverse exploration of art, science, nature and various sports activities that will happen throughout the summer.

The price includes a catered, healthy lunch and snacks provided by Real Food For Real Kids and one free camp t-shirt.

If you are interested in registering your child/ren please let Catherine DeBorba know and she will email you the registration package.

Welcome back!

A warm welcome back to the new academic year.

Thank you to the parents who attended our Parent Information Session Wine & Cheese last evening.  We look forward to an amazing year at Dearcroft Montessori School and thank you all for being a part of our Dearcroft Community. Please mark your calendars for our next Parent Information night scheduled on November 1st called Next Level Program. This is a great informative evening that will provide explanations for all levels, Toddler through Grade 8.

A global presence for over a century, the Montessori method of education has enriched countless lives in schools around the world.

At Dearcroft each child is followed as an individual and a program is designed specifically to meet his or her needs.

Dearcroft builds the foundation of community,  global awareness, gratitude, a love for Canada, culture, the environment and most of all the love for learning. Children are free to be themselves, and to take initiative which inspires confidence, independence and most important, self-esteem.

Each child is celebrated, supported and guided.

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