Effective January 4th 2016, all of our students are expected to wear plain white and navy blue outfits, and black shoes. The ladybug patch is to be ironed on the left hand side on the blouse, cardigan, jacket, etc, at the level of your child’s armpit.
We should receive the patches within two weeks, and they will be available directly at the center for a fee of $5.00.
Please email any questions that you may have regarding the school attire to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We must have a photograph of each child attending Fraser Montessori as well as the earthquake kit.
Why Montessori? Fraser Montessori Daycare Inc.
In our Montessori children are seen and respected as whole person. Children are free to decide which work they want to choose. We help the children to think independently. Every child develops at his own pace, and works at his own work rate. Since the work is chosen at the child’s free will the child will have fun and learn at the same time. The children discipline themselves to fulfill a certain task with eagerness and pride until the next stage of development is reached.
Children are born with approx. 100 billion brain cells. 25% are used for body function, such as heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing etc. 75% of these brain cells or neurons are waiting to be stimulated, to build new pathways through our environment. Each experience like tasting different foods, listening to a story, learning a new language, doing yoga, dancing stimulates these brain cells. These stimuli are transmitted through our senses to the brain. Each brain can form up to 15,000 new connections. A three year old can therefore have up to 1,000 trillion neural connections. No wonder a three year old child can easily learn a new language with all it’s complexity in the shortest amount of time.
In our school we challenge our children permanently with new experiences and stimuli. Children will therefore build many neural pathways. At age ten the brain naturally starts to delete those natural pathways that are redundant or not used. The more a child is challenged between 2 ½ years to 6 years of age the more neural pathways will become permanent in the architecture of the brain. The ability to acquire and retain new information will increase tremendously.
A child needs to be stimulated with specific tasks at a certain time in their childhood. These times are known as sensitive periods or “windows of opportunity”. A sensitive period is the time when a child has a very strong desire to acquire a certain skill. These periods are transient and will never return. After these periods are over it becomes hard to learn particular information. Language training for example is most efficient from 2 ½ to 6 years. Exposing a child to a new language past age 7 is literally fighting biology. All children are going through these sensitive periods. From birth to age 5.5 there are numerous sensitive periods. From 6 month until 3 years, language develops.
Age 3 ½ until 4 ½ writing can be acquired. Age 4 ½ until 5 ½ reading can be learned. Age 4 until 6 mathematics science and geography are of the child’s interests. We at our Montessori daycare provide all the materials in our prepared environment that child needs to be challenged in all his sensitive periods. At a sensitive period a child learns without any effort like never again in his/her life. The child’s intellect needs to be stimulated during the early years so a permanent intellectual potential can be reached. In a Montessori center we know that the early years are most important in a person’s life.
Our three year Montessori program lays a solid foundation for life.
Please walk your child all the way to the door. We ask that parents do not enter the classroom at this time, as it makes it difficult for the children to begin to connect to the environment and settle into an interesting activity. Be sure that you get direct recognition from a staff member that we are aware that your child has arrived before you leave.
Children enter the room independently and take care of their own things. Once their coats are put away, children may walk about freely in the classroom to find their first activity of the day.
If your child is crying at drop-off the best way to get her to calm down is for you to say a loving and confident goodbye, turn on your heel and leave. The Guide or the Assistant will be there to comfort her and get her settled in. Children almost always stop crying and calm down once the parent has left. Prolonging a tearful goodbye does just that; prolongs the tears and distress.
For your child’s sake, be on time! It is a lonely feeling to come in after all of one’s friends have settled in to an activity and there is no one available for a conversation. Late children must also enter independently.
We ask that parents do not enter the classroom at this time, as it makes it difficult for the children that are engaged in various activities to stay focused.
Your are welcome to come and observe the class at any time during the day through the reflective glass window located in our office. Please call or email the school to arrange a convenient time.