Why Montessori

10 reasons why Montessori is ideal for a life time learning:

1. Independence: At PLMS each student practices independence through freedom of choice within limits. Students are supported to help and care for themselves and learn to make independent choices responsibly.

2. Confidence: Our Montessori prepared environment promotes learning and achieving success by doing. Mastering each challenge and new success helps to build confidence.

3. Motivation: By empowering each student to achieve success there is an internal motivation that is triggered. It is the internal drive that motivates them to explore new opportunities and conquer challenges. The external drive is rarely practiced as it is proven to have an opposite effect.

4. Discipline: PLMS offers a program that empowers each student to practice self-regulation and self-discipline by reflecting on their own actions. Our Montessori prepared environment fosters delay of gratification, which leads to self-discipline.

5. Leadership: The three year age span in our classrooms encourages older students in the class to be mentors to the younger ones and practice their leadership skills.

6. Academic Preparation: Montessori curriculum covers broad academic subjects, which go well beyond Ontario curriculum. Students have the luxury of being in the same classroom for three years to learn and internalize the entire curriculum in their own pace.

7. Global Awareness: Montessori curriculum has been based on cosmic theory and how everything in the world is interconnected. Students are assisted to find their place in the world and how their actions have an effect at global level.

8. PLMS ideas: Pine lake Montessori school values the principles of respect: respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the environment. PLMS strongly believes that respect is directly interrelated with the feeling of compassion, empathy, kindness and positivity.

9. Critical Thinking: Students are provided with constant opportunities for analyzing and forming ideas through all means of exploration and deciding how to do things independently. Montessori materials offer them a gentle challenge in problem solving to build and enhance critical thinking. These learnt skills will set a strong foundation for future studies.

10. Spontaneity and Joy: PLMS believes in student-directed learning. Students are observed to detect their interests and strengths to create an individualized lesson planning. This method helps each student to be challenged gently without being overwhelmed. Thus creating a safe surface for spontaneous and joyful exploration.

 

 

Montessori

Mainstream

Smaller child-teacher ratio Child-teacher ratio is approximately 1:20
Lessons are planned individually based on the natural development of each child Lessons are planned based on meeting the provincial curriculum guidelines
Students follow their own individual interest Students learn from a curriculum set by the province for everyone
Students learn at their on pace Lessons are taught within a timeline set by the teacher
Uninterrupted work cycles Block time/period lesson
Manipulative materials for all lessons are available for students throughout the school year for repetition and internalization Lessons in grade levels are taught during a set period and there is no opportunity for Students to review and repeat the skills and lessons learnt in previous terms in school
Students enjoy specially designed, self-directed with built-in control of error materials to explore and learn independently. Students are taught only by the teacher.
Environment is the 3rd teacher in the classroom Students are taught only by the teacher.
Students learn through manipulating concrete materials and impressionist charts. Students sit at desks and learn from a whiteboard/chalkboard and worksheets.
The teacher works in collaboration with the children. The class is teacher led.
Children are free to move about the classroom Children have assigned to a space/desk
Students performance and improvements are evaluated and celebrated by performance of the individual’s academic work in the past, leading to develop self-confidence and originality of their work. Students’ performance and achievements are evaluated based on standards and expectations set by the province.
Students’ reflection on their day-to- day experience and learning from their personal experiences leads to self-motivation and internal drive to learn. Motivation built based on system of reward and discipline.
Multi-aged classrooms Single-graded classrooms
Holistic and Spiral Curriculum Standardized subject focused curriculum
Working and learning matched to the social development of the child Working and learning to follow provincial guidelines
Free personal time after school Homework

 

Sources: PLMS, CCMA.ca, Montessori Rocks, TMS.ca, education.comageofmontessori.com

Upcoming Events

Open Houses:

  • Thursdays, 9: 00 to 11: 00 am. Except Mar. 15, 2018. 
  • Saturday, January 20, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Only by appointment. 

 

January 19, Parent-Teacher Interviews,
No School for children.

 

January 26, 3rd Parent Partnership Night.
6:30 -7:30 pm.

 

February 16, PD day. School is closed for children.

 

February 26 – March 2, Montessori Week.

 

March 12-16, March Break. School is closed.