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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


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).

Thank You


I just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to a few people for the Montessori Fundamentals Parent Education Night last night.

First and foremost, thank you to Lize Hart for bringing her beautiful self and helping all of us reach a new level of understanding about the amazing education our children are a part of.

Second, thank you to Paula Temrick for being so passionate about parent education and making it happen this year in our school.  Organizing and hosting a night like this takes an enormous amount of effort and she rocked it.

Third, thanks to everyone who helped with every aspect of the night – including Victoria and Nancy for feeding us and the kids; Mr. Evans, Ms. Smith and Ms Tornroos for allowing us to use the school and completely dismantle the library space (next time we’ll take pictures to help us put it back to normal!); and to Galen, Karrie, Allison, and all other beautiful people who helped organize and set-up; and to our wonderful Maple Grove Montessori graduates (class of 2014) — Palas, Ryan, David and Shaolin who provided childcare.  You were each a vital part of making the night successful.

Finally – thank you to everyone who CAME.  I am so grateful to be a part of a community of parents who care deeply about their child’s education.  And thanks for helping with clean up! 🙂

If you weren’t able to make it — there will be future opportunities.  Watch this space.

Ms. Hart shared a quote last night:

My vision of the future is no longer of people taking
exams and proceeding from secondary school to
University but of passing from one stage of
independence to a higher, by means of their own
activity and effort of will. It is necessary, then, to give
the child the possibility of developing according to the
laws of his nature, so that he can become strong, and,
having become strong, can do even more than we
dared hope for him. ~ Maria Montessori

She shared an inspiring video to illustrate why this is still our vision today.  I urge you to watch (or watch it again!) – here it is.

Growth Mindset

Reminder! Come to the PAC Meeting on Thursday at 7:00 pm to learn how you can help your child develop a growth mindset. Our own Lori Prodan will be presenting.

What is a growth mindset?  

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

(From here)

How does Montessori encourage a growth mindset?

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