Thanks to all the parents who came out to the Montessori Finance Committee meeting last Tuesday. We got a lot done and it was a pleasant and effective group. If you weren’t able to be there, please consider coming out next time (date TBD).
Here are some points that were discussed/decided at the meeting. Continue reading
Last week I talked about the money a little bit. We rely on your parent donation to provide the Montessori materials in your child’s classroom – the Vancouver School Board does NOT allocate funds for those materials.
The Maple Grove PAC executive have been striving for greater parent involvement and transparency around the allocation and disbursement of funds. If you would like to know more about this I invite you to come to a meeting and be a part of the Maple Grove Montessori Finance Committee. Continue reading
Welcome back! You made it through the first week! Hope you are all surviving and thriving…
I’m working on a bunch of (regular, consistent, continuing) content for this year but I wanted to make some general announcements here. Continue reading
This summer I met a wonderful mum who opted not to send her child to Maple Grove in Kindergarten because of morning recess. I respect this mum and trust that she knows what’s best for her child; it all worked out when her daughter was accepted into Tyee in Grade 2.
But it’s a concern that is expressed a lot by families with a more orthodox Montessori background. With the dual stream schools, the traditional 2-3 hour uninterrupted work period cannot happen because of recess.<!–more–>
I respect the pure view that recess, well, interrupts the uninterrupted work cycle. But this is one more occasion where I truly appreciate the dual stream approach as a benefit.
Because kids need more recess. We are continually learning about the importance of free play for children.
The Canadian Paediatric Association urges its members to advocate for “…the protection of childrens’ recess time and extracurricular PA programs and non-structured PA before, during and after school hours”. The American Pediatric association has a specific position paper specifically about the critical role of recess for children.
There are, I’m sure, negatives to interrupting the uninterrupted work cycle but let’s not forget that there may be positives too.
Recess is Not a Privilege (Montessori Rocks)
Amazing video of a 4 year old during his uninterrupted work cycle
Work/Play Balance – a Montessori Perspective
Healthy Kids Blog – Recess in Schools
As my oldest child moves onward and upward at Maple Grove I am expanding my paltry knowledge of the Montessori materials used in Upper Elementary.
One such material is the algebraic pegboard which I got to see for the first time at our parent-teacher conference. Continue reading
There are a lot of questions circulating about the new BC curriculum and what it means for our Montessori programs in Vancouver.
I am not an expert but I will attempt to shed some light on the core components of the curriculum and how they might apply to our Montessori classrooms. Continue reading
Moving forward, I’m going to try really hard to update the blog every Monday (“Montessori Monday”). I hope to have interesting and illuminating content this year including:
- the new BC curriculum and how it affects Montessori
- Montessori materials posts
- Interviews with teachers and administrators
- book reviews
- a history of Montessori at the VSB
But first… I want to talk straight about Money.
You have all received your PAC Welcome packages and been asked for $250 per child. You might be wondering:
- why we ask for money at all?
- why we ask Montessori parents for more money than traditional parents?
- what we do with all that money?
I am going to break it down. Continue reading