Primary Orientation

In a collaboration between the Montessori Community Committee and our three amazing primary teachers Ms Boulanger, Ms. Hart, and Ms. Lin, we are offering a Primary Orientation on Wednesday, September 5th from 3:10-4 PM.  This is open to any family who has a child in those primary classes (Grades 1, 2, 3) in the Montessori Program.

Unfortunately, we are asking that the orientation be an adult-only event.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, gain insight into what this year may be like for them and ask any questions you might have.

See you there!

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New Blog Followers : Welcome!

I’ve lately been alerted that more people are following this blog. I’m pleased and hopeful that this may be an influx of our new parents whose children are entering the school (especially Kindergarten). Welcome.

I’m sure you may have many questions – feel free to ask them in the comments of this post or email me directly and we’ll try to get you some answers.

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Montessori Math Night – February 13th

Montessori Math Parent Education Night
Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018 : 6:30 – 8:30pm

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Maple Grove PAC invites you to enjoy an interactive workshop with Ms. Lize Hart and several Grade 3-7 Montessori students who will present and demonstrate an overview of Montessori math curriculum and materials.

You will learn how Dr. Montessori introduced the study of Mathematics from a cosmic perspective and how the materials integrate with cultural curriculum. Time will be provided for participants to work with materials selected from the Kindergarten to Intermediate level.

We will discuss how these materials support learning in a multi-sensory way leading students seamlessly to abstracting concepts in Math. Discussion will also include how the progression of materials aligns with the new B.C. draft curriculum.

Childcare (by donation!) : 6:15 – 8:45pm

Need more information or have questions? Please contact Paula Temrick.

Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration (by February 9th) helps us out (and ensures we have enough cookies).

Welcome Back

Welcome back! I hope each one of you had a wonderful holiday break.

We remind you to “Save the Date” for our two parent education nights!

  • Montessori Math – Curriculum and Materials K-7: Tuesday Feb. 6 6:30 – 8:00
  • Montessori Language – Curriculum and Materials K-7 Tuesday April 17 6:30 – 8:00

We will post more information in the next few weeks. Both sessions will start in the school library. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Over the break I had the opportunity to watch this TedEd talk “The Myth of Average.” I post it here because, while I still think we could do better, I do think Montessori tries to address some of the challenges and issues raised in the video.   But I think it makes us think deeper about the issues and how to fix them for everyone.

Montessori Materials Purchases

I wanted to update you on how we spend our money.  For the first time, we have attempted to order everything together (we will do another order cycle in April).  We do this to help minimize shipping costs and to facilitate discounts from the vendor.

I am writing this post for full transparency.  This money is raised through the direct donation campaign that you donate to and you have every right to understand how the money is spent.  Continue reading