“The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences ‘work’”. Maria Montessori
All children are unique individuals who learn in their own pace and style. They hold inside them special gifts that require time and opportunities to develop and grow. We do not believe in labels or text book checklists. Children need an environment where they are appreciated, respected and loved and only then when the child is “whole” (emotionally, socially, intellectually, physically, spiritually), will they be happy and balanced. How proud can we be at that point along with their journey, to have been a part of that process of growth!
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Maria Montessori.
We plan to help the child realize their full potential as an integral part of the entire class community. We strive to be a home away from home; a place to grow in comfort of knowing it is at one’s own pace with gentle guidance.
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” Maria Montessori.
From birth to age six, children are sensorial explorers, studying every aspect of the environment, language and culture. We here at Bloomfield Junior Academy Montessori School, provide opportunities for children to develop these skills within the areas of their immediate environment, as well as the ability to reason. We further encourage families to embrace the Montessori philosophy (…all children carry within themselves the person they will become. Providing freedom in a controlled environment creates a sense of order that allows each child to gain mastery of themselves and their environment), in their homes, to ensure that the core values we promote accompany the child through all aspects of his/her life.
Area 1: Practical Life
In this area, the children practice the Montessori Philosophy of “ learning by doing”. Through objects that have visible purpose, the activities of daily living are taught. Children learn to care for themselves, their classroom and the outdoors. These exercises build concentration, strengthen eye-hand coordination (indirect preparation for printing), and allows for success and perseverance.
Area 2: Sensorial
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence. “ Maria Montessori.
Children learn to make sense of their world through specific designed manipulative materials, each focusing on the refinement of a specific sensory skill.
Area 3: Language
Language is developed naturally as children learn to listen and speak. When they are developmentally ready, the children learn to read and write using the specialized Montessori materials when they are developmentally ready.
Area 4: Mathematics
Children begin counting (number recognition, numbers and quantities, etc.) and progress to work with the decimal system, extended linear and skip counting, and mathematical operations. All the materials are self-correcting and motivate the children to learn through hands on experiences.
Area 5: Cultural Studies
Children are exposed to the studies of Science, Geography, Zoology, Botany, and History. They work with globes, maps, concrete materials as well as hands on activities which further reinforces their understanding of the world around them, and all the living things that share their space in the world.
Additional Enhanced Programming: The Arts, French and Physical Education
Children experience colour, work with a variety of art mediums, and are introduced to famous artists from history and their work. The children learn simple phrases, numbers, colours, weather, songs and more, during daily French lessons. Our music programme engages children to be auditory learners as well as participants, as they are given instruments to manipulate and explore. The natural world is integrated into our school during outdoor play time, by tending to their garden and nature walks around the neighborhood. We think globally and act locally by teaching children to respect and care for our planet, and all its living creatures.
By offering a mixed age environment, a sense of community evolves and learning is further enhanced, as children teach one another, and in the process teach themselves. Remaining in the same classroom community in their junior years fosters confidence building skills and a sense of belonging. At first, being the youngest in the classroom community requires this group of children to be nurtured, but as they grow and have learned by example, they become the nurturers, all the while continuing to learn and care for themselves, learn at their own pace, demonstrate respect for others, and a genuine care for their environment. How proud can we be at that point, along with their journey, to have been a part of that process of growth!