The importance of daycare works symbiotically for both parents and their children. Your child’s first five years are integral for developing physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills. It’s during this time that the architecture of the brain is established, and your child’s environment has a crucial influence. When the time for daycare is in question, parents look for peace of mind in two forms: their child is in hands as good as their own and their individual needs for social and emotional growth are supported. Dr. Maria Montessori created a type of schooling that allows your toddler to become independent and curious with a hands-on strategy. The Montessori program is outfitted towards each student with an individualized approach to group activities.
Daycare may seem like a practical necessity for working parents and their kids but is an opportunity to nourish children’s early cognitive skills. Both social and academic skills are prioritized and supported through the Montessori curriculum and teacher guidance. Teachers create a harmonized learning environment to develop individuals’ skills and interests through interactive activities that ultimately teach kids to love learning. Initiative, community, and problem-solving skills are all imparted in the Montessori classroom with tactile and intangible tactics.
The toddler program gives children a fun space for them to play, socialize, and develop their motor skills. Children 18 months to 3 years old can move, listen, and experiment in an environment that allows independent and group activities. We put a key focus on skills such as learning language, self-care, and focused concentration. Early education goes beyond what kids know, but is about how kids react, interact, and perceive the world around them.
What is Montessori School?
The Montessori method allows each child a tailored approach to education that works with their strengths and weaknesses, not against them. From their toddler to teen years, each child’s creativity, curiosity, and intelligence is encouraged through exploration. Teachers allow students to investigate skills, questions, and interests by facilitating guidance in relation to their continuous experience. The Montessori classroom hones an environment that fosters the student’s learning rather than prioritizing the teacher’s teaching.
Why Choose Montessori?
Unlike traditional schooling, which comes in the form of authoritative lecture, Montessori views learning with a more holistic lens. Their multifaceted method involves the child, their environment, and their teacher, and how they can work synergistically and individually to provide each student with the proper skills and tools. The traditional teacher/student hierarchy is now diffused into a child-centered environment, making the student just as accountable. When children are allowed to progress at their own pace, a sense of initiative is instilled, and kids become accountable for both their academic education and creative approach.
To get a personalized learning plan, teachers assess how every child interacts with their peers and environment daily. With this information, they can assemble a curriculum and create a space that stimulates their academic, physical, and emotional concerns. This prepares students with the agency to ask questions and seek out their answers.
The Whole Child Approach
Montessori schools help children reach their fullest potential for well-rounded confidence. Teachers value the process of learning as much as the destination to ensure critical thinking. Activities focus on developing cognitive skills through experience for children to critically come to their own conclusions.
The Responsive, Prepared, Adaptive Environment
Teachers make sure students are exposed and immersed in a supportive environment, from the facilities to the social atmosphere. Teachers are resourceful and prioritize function, safety, and comfort.
The varying age groups provide a realistic setting akin to a family environment. This physically sets up a more natural learning climate that has a focus on community and encourages exposure to different opportunities and developing social skills, such as empathy. Interacting with different ages allows children to understand and critically think about both actions and reactions to variable experiences. Children cover a three-year age span, while toddler programs comply with the Ministry guidelines of a one-year age difference. As kids spend the majority of their day here, children get to learn about themselves through their interactions with others, while also navigating how to socialize. Their peers act as their extended family, which makes acclimating to different social contexts a more natural transition.
Co-operation and Collaboration
Children work as much with their peers as they do amongst them. Respect, support, and problem solving are taught alongside their school learning as a social process.
The Montessori Materials
As children also learn sensorially, Dr. Montessori’s created a sequential, submersive, and self-correcting program to teach both concrete and abstract concepts.
Children are supported in functioning at their own pace with their chosen materials, either individually or in a group. The teacher monitors this by assessing which new activities may be implemented to each child or group. This is to promote self-directed learning and to function both alone or in collaboration with their community.
Freedom within Limits
Both toddlers and high-school students alike are given freedom within certain limits. Each program sets its rules in relation to age but is always enriched with the Montessori belief of holding respect for your peers and environment.
The Montessori teacher’s main role is to design the environment, be resourceful, and demonstrate role model behaviour while comprehensively observing each child’s behavioural growth. As the teacher facilitates learning, they are to discern the given needs of every student in relation to developmental context.
Creating a positive learning environment enables kids the ability to gain objective perspective and relative empathy, while also learning basics skills. Enabling children with confidence through the multi-age group environment holds many benefits. Younger children learn socialization by emulating the abilities and behaviours of the older students, while older students learn responsibility and mentorship. The process of learning expands beyond the four walls of the conventional classroom to allow every child to fulfill their fullest potential.
PLMS During Quarantine
We are fully committed to our students and their families, our staff, and the community. In light of the coronavirus, we are taking extra measures to safeguard the health and safety of all PLMS members while ensuring that we continue to provide an enriching program. Pine Lake Montessori school has reopened after COVID-19 quarantine on June 29 th , 2020. It was an exciting and heartwarming time to reunite with some of our students and welcoming new ones to our school. Currently, non-essential visitors are not permitted to our school. However, we would love to show you around our school and meet with you virtually. To book a virtual school tour, please click here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions about our plan for upcoming school year during COVID-19 pandemic. We would be pleased to review our policies and procedure moving forward. Please click here to find a copy of our additional Parent Handbook during COVID-19 We are continuously monitoring ongoing developments and will implement updated steps as and when necessary. We thank you for your understanding and co-operation at this time. Be well and continue to care for those in need. Thank you.