Tag Archives: Montessori

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.

West Wind Junior High is raising funds to support education in Wabauskang First Nation through SchoolBOX North

Hello parents and students,

We are Hugh and Holly from the West Wind Junior High classroom. This term our classroom has been studying First Nations. Moreover, we just finished an eight-week independent study project on the Residential School System.

https://youtu.be/b6boQGbJcuc

Residential Schools have had a lasting and multigenerational impact on First Nations all across Canada. Additionally, many modern First Nations currently lack access to education. For this reason, we are organizing an Orange Shirt Day fundraiser to help raise awareness of the lasting impacts of residential schools, as well as helping to improve the access to education for a Northern First Nation community.

We ask on Tuesday, December 15 every student wear an Orange Shirt to spread awareness of the effects residential schools have had on First Nations. Additionally, we are asking for any donations, small or large, from the Dearcroft community. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the charity SchoolBox North, which is helping the Wabauskang First Nation community improve their access to education. This community located in Dryden Ontario is currently lacking a classroom, and the children have to drive an hour to get to school and an hour back each day. We are trying to buy them the necessities of a classroom such as desks, chairs and computers. The donations would greatly benefit this community, and we thank you in advance for your support.

If you are able to, we ask you donate to SchoolBox North through the link below:

https://schoolbox.ca/westwind/

For more information about please check out this blog series trying to dispel myths and educate people about indigenous issues. https://apihtawikosisan.com/2013/10/from-residential-schools-to-the-first-nations-education-act-colonialism-continues/

Dearcroft’s Positive Art Challenges

 

We want to stay connected! Over the next week we have decided to post some Positive Art Challenges to our Dearcroft families and community.

We hope that you will join in and get your creative juices flowing!

We are thinking of you all and look forward to seeing your creations. Please make sure that you remember to tags us @dearcroft on instagram and facebook. Or you can DM us via email with your photos to s.nelson@dearcroft-montessori.com

 

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