“Teach by teaching, not correcting.”

February 8, 2016By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

In a Montessori classroom the child’s effort and work is respected as it is. The teacher carefully plans follow up and individual work to ensure that each child is supported in learning what he or she needs. Through careful observation and detailed record keeping, the teacher intimately knows what each child needs to work on. … Read More

Talking toys and language development.

January 23, 2016By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

There are so many toys on the market – not to mention apps on our cell phones and ohter devices – that make claims to be “educational”.  Recent research neatly disputes these claims by identifying that it is the interactive nature of language between people that supports acutal learning and growth of language skills.  As … Read More

Overparenting…

January 23, 2016By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

This week, I heard a new term: Lawnmower Parents.  The latest evolution of the Helicopter Parent (who hovers and hovers in case their child needs them) and the counter to the Tiger Parent (who directs each and every action and behaviour with “hyper disciplinary” engagement).  The Lawnmower Parent clears the way for their child – ensuring … Read More

Best Etobicoke Montessori School?

October 6, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMildenhall News Events

Many parents are concerned with the question of which is the best Etobicoke Montessori School. As we have said many times there are many ways to evaluate the authenticity and quality of any given Montessori school. In Canada, the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) is the accrediting body ensuring the authenticity of our schools. … Read More

Executive functioning in Etobicoke Montessori Schools

October 6, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMildenhall News Events

Adele Diamond – the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia – discusses in detail the abilities and skills that will be needed for success in the 21st Century.  Specifically, the development of  executive functions: self control, disipline and perseverance, and creativity. Montessori schools in Etobicoke and throughout … Read More

Executive functioning in Toronto Montessori Schools

September 20, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

Adele Diamond – the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia – discusses in detail the abilities and skills that will be needed for success in the 21st Century.  Specifically, the development of  executive functions: self control, disipline and perseverance, and creativity. Toronto Montessori schools throughout the city … Read More

(U)Labs offering 2-day workshop in Etobicoke

September 20, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMildenhall News Events

(U)Labs is a youth hosting a 2-day mentorship event at C.J Skateboard park in South Etobicoke on November 14-15. More and more innovative youth programs are working directly with children to motivate and support them into their futures. By focusing on their interests (rather than those that adults believe children should be interested in), these groups … Read More

Etobicoke Montessori Schools aren’t all the same.

September 17, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMildenhall News Events

There are many options for a Montessori school in Etobicoke, representing the vast diversity of Toronto’s westernmost (former) borough: in-home Casa programs, small and large Toddler and Casa preschool programs, and larger Casa and Elementary schools. It can be challenging to know where to begin when evaluating the different Montessori options available to families. The most … Read More

Healthy snacks

September 2, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

Kids eat ALL THE TIME.  Many children can be “picky eaters”, often overwhelmed by choices, tastes, textures, and smells.  By introducing our kids to a variety of foods, we help to increase their interest and experience with “different”.  At the Mildenhall Montessori Schools, snack is provided to our Casa children throughout the day.  Children are able … Read More

Authentic Montessori

June 6, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG, Uncategorized

We get asked this all the time. “What makes this an authentic Montessori school?” Montessori is a word in the public domain, which means it can be claimed by anyone and used to describe their preschool, toddler, or kindergarten program regardless of recognized authenticity. We are accredited by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators. This … Read More

Healthy competition

May 30, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games have been in Toronto this last month.  What an amazing opportunity to see unbelievable athletes compete in almost 50 different sports, from canoeing and BMX biking to tennis and speed roller skating.  It is also an opportunity to witness the grace and courtesy that truly professional athletes develop in … Read More

Technology

May 27, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

Technology is so accessible and available to our children. At Mildenhall Montessori technology is used as a tool for our oldest children, who learn how to type and use the internet for research. Research is inconsistent but generally indicates that screen time influences children’s sleep habits, attention spans, ability to delay gratification, and social emotional … Read More

Summertime

May 27, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

Summer is a time of contradictions. Our children are on vacation from school while most parents continue to work their busy schedules. We long for the nostalgic summers of ice cream trucks, long hours of exploring the city, the forest, the lakes, and cottages; hours of unscheduled spontaneous time. Instead we end up scheduled, shuttling … Read More

Transitions….

May 27, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

As we approach graduation times, we celebrate being finished with applications, celebrate the receipt of acceptance letters, and the realization that a big transition is ahead. Moving from an elementary program that has been your child’s school home for the last nine years is a BIG deal. Our children leave their Montessori program to attend … Read More

Elementary Program

January 24, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG

Deciding where your children will spend their elementary school years is an important decision.  A Montessori elementary education prepares children to succeed in life, not simply prepare them for the next test in school.  The development of problem solving skills, social communication skills, intrinsic motivation, task completion, and self-confidence are specific aims of a Montessori … Read More

The Early Learning Experience

January 6, 2015By aidgaska@gmail.comMAIN SCHOOL BLOG, Uncategorized

The growing expansion within the public school system of kindergarten and pre-kindergarten is leading to greater public discussion about what a “good” early learning experience should be. These types of articles and discussions enable us, as parents, to be better informed about how schools play a role in our children’s development. Mildenhall Montessori Schools promote … Read More