Westview Public School to host Montessori Open House on May 15

Westview Public School invites you to a Montessori open house on May 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. The early learning program for ECDP (Early Childhood Development Program) and Kindergarten is highly sought-after, and based on the approach of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator.

Introduced last fall at the school, the vision of Montessori is a class environment where a self-directed approach to learning is present and children are able to work at their own pace independently or in groups.

Carla Roe, Montessori teacher at Westview Public School explains more.

“Students receive individual instruction and in small groups. They have a wide variety of activities to choose from in the following areas: practical life, sensorial, language, math, science and cultural studies.”

What makes Montessori unique is the intentional mixing of age groups. This allows for older students to model positive behaviour, and to help facilitate the learning for younger children.

“This mixed age group learning environment is a win-win. Younger children learn new skills and become independent, and older children have an opportunity to be leaders. It fosters a growth of functional independence, and self-regulation,” continues Roe, who has been with the District since 2015.          

In addition, the initiative promotes social development through respectful, and clear communication in a safe environment. Then there is the fun-filled aspect of students being active participants in the creation of their daily snack - learning practical life skills like food preparation at an early age. Montessori also hosts experts from the community, who are  invited to share and enhance learning in yoga, art, and music.

“Parents can expect practical life skills taught at the school, thanks to Montessori. This leads to further independence in both the classroom and at home. Children will continue to become more curious about the world around them, and have a desire to learn more. Academic excellence happens when a child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential in the classroom,” says Roe.

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