Preschool & Daycare: 18 months to 4 years-old
Vaudrin Academy Now Offers Montessori Preschool!
Vaudrin Academy’s approach to education has always been based on the latest research in education and the study of the brain – or neuroscience. In the same manner, Dr. Maria Montessori used her medical knowledge and thousands of hours of observation to design the learning approach named after her. In the past 100 years, there have been ample “anecdotal” cases of the varied positive effects on students worldwide who have attended Montessori. Now that we have access to fMRIs and many other scientific evaluation tools, Montessori’s method is finally given the solid “scientific” proof to show its lifetime benefits.
Parents and educators often make the mistake of initially placing too much emphasis on reading, writing, and mathematics. They think that if their children can do this, they will surely succeed. This is NOT what research shows. Humans need to go through the right developmental stages to fully develop. For example, how can we expect a child to print well if her pincer grasp reflex is not integrated? How can a child reach her full potential without the having self-confidence needed to take on challenging tasks because she has not been taught that mistakes are a necessary part of learning and growing?
All educators must absolutely know about and think about the whole child’s development – not just their ability to mindlessly repeat numbers and letters, recognize symbols such as a, b, c, or 1, 2, 3, or memorize words to impress the neighbours. A solid cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical foundation must carefully be established on which to build a lifetime of learning, happiness, and true success.
Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Similar to Vaudrin Academy’s approach throughout the school, Montessori focuses on the whole child—his cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
Since Montessori is based on a child’s natural development, this type of education is right for children of any age. Introducing your child to Montessori as early as possible puts her on the right path to becoming a confident, self-motivated learning.
The Door to Learning?
In a Montessori environment, children learn by exploring and manipulating specially designed materials. Each material teaches one concept or skill at a time and lays a foundation from which students can comprehend increasingly abstract ideas.
Children work with materials at their own pace, repeating an exercise until it is mastered. The teacher may gently guide the process, but her goal is to inspire rather than instruct.
Throughout the classroom, beautifully prepared, inviting curriculum areas contain a sequential array of lessons to be learned. As students work through the sequence, they build and expand on materials and lessons already mastered. And all the while, they are developing qualities with which they’ll approach every future challenge: autonomy, creative thinking, and satisfaction in a job well done.
Tracking Your Child’s Progress
Montessori teachers closely observe each student’s progress and readiness to move on to new lessons. They can orally question a student about what she has learned, or ask her to teach the lesson to a fellow student. Parents will be informed of their children’s progress in relation to his own development and to developmental norms.
During the school year, parents will be invited to visit their children’s class to observe them demonstrate their competence in a variety of skills.
You may wonder why Montessori doesn’t endorse grading, if only to motivate students to work hard. But grades, like other external rewards, have temporary effects at best. Instead, Montessori education nurtures a child’s intrinsic motivation to learn, create, and do satisfying work.
Montessori teaching materials engage all the senses, important for students with different learning styles. Students learn by doing and are free to move about, an advantage for those who require a high level of physical activity. And each child has the latitude to learn at his own pace, without pressure to meet formal standards by a predetermined time.
Transitioning to a Traditional School
Many children spend only their preschool years in a Montessori classroom. Others complete the elementary grades before transferring to another—usually traditional—school. A child who transfers out of a Montessori school is likely to notice some differences. For example, instead of choosing his own work to investigate and master, he might have to learn what’s on the teacher’s lesson plan. Instead of moving freely around the classroom, there’s a chance she’ll sit in an assigned seat. Instead of learning in a classroom with a mixed-aged grouping, it’s probable that she’ll be placed just with students her own age.
Students who transfer to the Vaudrin Academy kindergarten will find the transition very smooth as we already use a hands-on approach based on the developmental stages in children.
Please contact Paula Mesa at +1 (514) 600 4415 extension 2
to schedule a convenient time for a visit.