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Have a look at the high quality child care and educational programs offered by Global Montessori Schools.
Global Montessori Schools cares for babies to 12-year olds but there is another important group of people who also get special attention: their employees.
A collaboration of two private child care businesses and one non-profit society that operates elementary school programs, Global Montessori Schools offers a range of flexible options for their 20 employees.
“As a management team, we recognize that child care is becoming more competitive and there is a true talent shortage of early childhood educators and Montessori trained teachers. We know that supporting our employees in as many ways as we can – both formally and informally – will enable our organization to be a great place to work.”
To that end, they do everything possible to support their staff. When a new elementary teacher first joined the school, she had her children enrolled in a community music class. Rather than having to forego the classes, she was able to leave the school several times a week to attend them. Her hours were not reduced – her schedule was adjusted so this request could be accommodated. When the teacher had another child, she brought the infant to work every day. Her older son also attended the program for three to five year-olds. It gave her great peace of mind to have her children close by when she was at work and the school retained a valuable employee.
All employees are able to take part in flexible work hours, and non-teaching staff can work from home if they choose to. They maximize the use of technology and ensure the management team is equipped to work from home. They frequently have web-cam meetings.
Children are not only welcome at work, but often become part of the classroom. A recent Grade 7 graduate became a much loved helper in the infant-toddler program as well as in her own mom’s all-day Montessori child care classes. Their door is always open to family members’ children.
After what has been a busy summer, I am pleased to report that the Summerside Campus of Global Montessori Schools opened this week. The first classroom at this location serves children ages three years through kindergarten and there are plans to develop a private elementary school program for September 2008.
2014 Update – This program closed earlier this year.
Here are some interesting Montessori related sites that I have come across recently –
As many of you will recall, I have been managing a project with Global Montessori Schools in PEI. Global Montessori is opening a new campus in Summerside this September for children aged three to five years (We are planning to eventually also offer private elementary education as well). The program will be the first Montessori offering in this part of PEI and we are very pleased with the warm welcome we have received from the community to get this new program up and running.
Here are a few photos of how the new campus is looking:
The Great Lessons are five key areas of interconnected study typically presented in Montessori Elementary classrooms. Through the use of story-telling, Montessori students learn about how the world came to be, the development of life on Earth, the story of humankind, the development of language and writing, and the development of mathematics. Called “impressionistic lessons,” these stories give children a cosmic perspective of our planet and their place within that bigger picture.
Not so much because the curricula is necessarily the same, rather because in Montessori we recognize that children learn by doing, by experiencing, by exploring, and by bringing the Great Lessons (stories) to life. We know that learning is totally interconnected and that there is great value for children in experiencing their education this way. In particular, I loved the reference to Roger Schank’s Student Bill of Rights. As someone (a Parent and a School Director of Development) who has been involved with and supporting Montessori education for the past 12 years, this seems to simply make such common sense to me. In fact, many of these "Rights" are something that I believe are practiced on a daily basis in "true Montessori" classrooms throughout the world.
Below is a quote from an article by Tunisia Riley which appeared on www.aaas.org , September 29, 2006.
“Angeline Lillard of the University of Virginia and Nicole Else-Quest of the University of Wisconsin, Madison studied two groups of five- and 12-year-old students in Milwaukee, Wis. The results indicated that by the end of kindergarten, the Montessori children performed better on reading and math tests, as measured using the Woodcock-Johnson Test Battery that assesses letter-word identification, word attack and applied math problems.
Montessori students also engaged in more positive interaction on the playground and showed more advanced social cognition and executive control. They also demonstrated more concern with fairness and justice.”
Click here for further information on this interesting research regarding the Montessori method of education.
Supporting Practice, Advocacy, Research, and Knowledge | April 28-29, 2017 | UBC, Vancouver
SPARK: The Early Years is a conference being hosted this weekend by graduate students from the SPARK Program at the University of British Columbia on Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th, 2017.
The pre-conference will be held Friday April 28th from 2pm-7pm at a cost of $10 and will include a light dinner. The pre-conference will include tours of UBC Childcare Centres and of the UBC Infant Studies Centre both of which will be followed by an exciting discussion with an expert panel.
The main conference will take place Saturday April 29th from 9am-5:30pm for a cost of $20. Dr. Peter Moss is the keynote speaker for the conference, which will also have workshops, presentations, a children’s art exhibition, posters and sharing circles. There will also be a book launching taking place at the conference by First Nations authors Harlan Pruden and Sharon Shorty called “Gamma Susan Can’t Go Hunting”.
SPARK: The Early Years is a conference for early childhood educators, advocates, researchers, and policy makers. SPARK promises that all attendees who require Professional Development hours will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
6445 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Click here for the registration form.
As an Early Childhood Educator with more than 20 years experience designing, developing and implementing high quality child care and early learning solutions, I’m often asked about what parents should think about when it comes to choosing child care. Here are a few thoughts that may be helpful.
When you begin the search for child care it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Finding the right child care can be challenging. However, with careful thought, consideration and advance planning you can make the situation a lot easier for yourself and your child.
When you do find the right child care situation it can be wonderful. In good care your child will be healthy, happy and will have many great experiences that can last a lifetime.
One of the first things you need to do when you are thinking about child care is to do just that — think! Think about your own personal situation, your family lifestyle, your child’s needs and your financial situation. Then — ask!
Ask yourself some questions…
- What will my work situation be like?
- Will I be commuting short or long distances and how am I
- What will my daily schedule be like?
- Will I be working full or part time?
- Will I have any support in logistics related to my child care? For
example, do you have someone else who will assist you in getting your child to/from the care etc.
- Do I want my child cared for in my home or outside of my home?
- What am I willing to spend on my child care arrangement?
- What type of child care environment do I want for my child? Home or group? Licensed or license not required? Play based, child centred, self directed, Montessori, Reggio, mixed philosophy?
By taking the time to answer these questions you will get a better understanding of what your child care needs will be. It is important to be clear on your needs as they will dramatically impact the type of care arrangement you will want to choose. Choosing child care is a big step for every family who requires it. Take the time you need to understand what will work best for your child’s needs and your family situation.