Parkland Montessori incorporates both the Montessori method and the learn through play philosophy.
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1953) was the pioneering Italian educator and physician who founded the Montessori Method. She based this method on her philosophy that children need an environment in which they can explore and experience freely. She believed that children should be given the opportunity to develop naturally at their own level of ability and interest.
Montessori offers a prepared environment, which promotes an exciting and stimulating approach to academics and personal growth. Mixed-age groups provide opportunities for peer learning/teaching and foster social development and responsibility.
The environment consists of the areas of Practical Life, Mathematics, Sensorial, Language and Culture; which inspire the child's love for learning.
This environment creates an atmosphere whereby all facets of the whole child are developed. These include emotional well being, social skills, academics and personal achievement. As a result, the child becomes confident and has the ability to achieve success through the use of the prepared materials.
Play enhances every domain of a child’s development. Play, more than any other activity, fuels healthy development of children.
Play requires the child to make choices and direct activities and often involves strategy, or planning, to reach a goal.
When playing with peers, children learn a system of social rules, including ways to control themselves and tolerate their frustrations in a social setting.
This is my third year with Parkland Montessori and I am very happy to be back. Last year was great and we are going to have an even better year this year!
My passion has always been to teach young children. I completed the Early Childhood Education program at George Brown College and then attended Brock University where I achieved a B.A in Sociology. I also completed my Montessori Teaching Diploma this spring!
The best part of my job is when I see a child’s eyes light up when they learn or try something new. When a child suddenly is able to write and identify the letters in their name, or do something they were not previously able to do, I get as excited as they do. When a class full of 3-5 year olds suddenly takes an interest in letters, words, rhyming, and trying to read, it makes every day worth it!
I live in Spruce Grove with my family and in my personal time I like to read, bake and do other crafty things.
This is my first year at Parkland Montessori! I am so excited to begin this new adventure, growing and learning with the children and families. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I love to see the wonder and curiosity that emerges with each new adventure they embark on. I attended Grant MacEwan University for my Early Learning and Childcare Diploma. The program has given me new knowledge on child development and learning through play. I love being able to translate my new learning into my work with children and seeing myself and the children grow and learn. I have worked in a few different daycares around Spruce Grove with a variety of age groups from 6months to after school care. Some of my hobbies are reading, cooking, being outdoors and traveling. I love to spend time with my friends and family. I can't wait to see what this year will bring!