“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.”  Dr Maria Montessori

Toddler Classroom

The new school year began with new shelves, materials and activities for our children.  “Grace and Courtesy” were among some of the activities for September – reminders to use walking feet, push chairs in, wait for turns and say ‘please and thank you’.  Please practice these important grace and courtesy exercises at home!
During the morning work cycle, our children immersed themselves in various practical life activities including food prep., flower arranging and much more.   Our Lil’s were introduced to the world map and made shapes of continents and globes. The children picked branches and leaves during our outdoor time and explored by touching and feeling the various textures.  

Casa 1 and 2 had a busy and exciting September! It was wonderful to hear the chatter of children in the school.
All our classrooms went through a transformation of sorts with new materials and shelves and furniture re-arranged.  This to ensure that our environment was attractive to the child.  Dr. Montessori said, “It is almost possible to say that there is a mathematical relationship between the beauty of his surroundings and the activity of the child; he will make discoveries rather more voluntarily in a gracious setting than in an ugly one”.

We began with “back to school basics” and some very important grace and courtesy lessons such as “greet each other, use our walking feet and speak in our inside voices indoors”.  We will continue with Grace and Courtesy over the next little while with reminders on “please and thank you”, waiting for turns, etc.  

Kirsten Fox, Terry’s niece visited our school and talked to us about Terry and how he practiced the virtue of ‘courage’.  We have raised a total of $1615 surpassing our goal of $1200.  Thank you for your support in doing our part for cancer research.  Congratulations to Hana (Casa 2) for raising $550 and winning a Terry Fox t-shirt.  Jaylin (Toddler Classroom) collected $115 and Edward (Casa 2) $100.

This led to discussions about the world in which we live in, the Earth, our country – Canada, and our city of Port Coquitlam.  We also talked about the changing seasons and Fall…we talked about bears and big words such as migration and hibernation.  
We learned about living and non-living things. We met an amazing artist, Pablo Picasso, and admired his work of art called “Dove of Peace” for International Day of Peace last Sept. 21st. We look forward to more learning adventures in October!

Our Parent Night held on September 20 was a huge success!  Thank you to all the parents who attended. Ms. Cristina began with “Montessori 101” and discussed sensitive periods, human tendencies and the absorbent mind of children.  She also discussed the importance of practical life and sensorial materials in a Montessori classroom.  Ms. Shey talked about Math and Language materials in the classroom and presented “sandpaper letters” to a parent.  Ms. Fardis went over what a typical “Montessori at Home” environment looks like.
Click on the link below to access the video clip on Montessori at Home:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJyyLhsx2zo