Entering our Montessori class room, is entering a world specially prepared for the comfort and stimulation of a child. The Montessori classroom is a designed environment where children work together or individually with multi-sensory materials that invite them to touch, to think and to experience.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of a Montessori School is the total preparation of the classroom to the needs of the growing and learning child. The school itself is designed as a “developmental aid” in which materials, furnishings, and decoration are selected to offer the child an orderly yet stimulating setting for exploration. Specially designed and tested materials are arranged to attract the child’s interest to a broad range of practical life exercises, sensory skills and academic fundamentals. As the child progresses, these materials serve to build a lasting framework of knowledge based on touching, seeing and hearing. This framework is quickly filled with true understanding of the concepts required for a lifetime of learning as the fundamentals of Mathematics, English, and French language skills, Science and Geography, Art and Music are revealed.
Our fenced-in, courtyard playground provides our students with an area to run and play. Our CSA approved climbing structure allows for the use of gross and fine motor skills. Toys are provided for creative play.
We have daily use of the gymnasium. Monday through Thursday morning the students play games such as Red Rover, Simon Says, Mr. Wolf and Duck Duck Goose.
Organized games enhance listening skills, co-operation and good sportsmanship.
One of the very important challenges facing our school is its need to retain our students in a full-time Montessori program rather than attending a public school kindergarten.
There are two reasons why this is important to the BMS community.
The first is that the children who grow up in a Montessori school like ours tend to be quite different from students usually found in other schools. This difference is not simply in what they know and what they can do; it lies in their attitude and approach to learning and to life.
Montessori children are normally enthusiastic learners. They look upon their teachers as mentors, guides and friends. They have held on to the curiosity, creativity and imagination that most children bring into the world. Unlike many school children, they don’t see school as boring, or schoolwork as a burden. They are generally not fearful, or sarcastic and cynical to their friends on the playground. I like to call them joyful scholars.
Students like ours simply never can be replaced. Our school clearly needs them, and hopefully you as their parents can see what they are capable of becoming, and that is why you have chosen to look into sending them to Bayside Montessori School.
The second reason why it is so important that we retain our students for three and four years is that these children will grow up together in an atmosphere of warmth, kindness and respect. Our children bond quite closely to our school, their teachers and their friends. We become a community.
Most children watch their friends come and go from their lives. One of our goals is to create a community of substance and depth, to gather together a group of parents, children and teachers who share common values and form lasting friendships.
We are all looking for what will be best for our children and I imagine that some of you may be concerned whether Montessori will actually prepare your children well for the real world.
As a Montessorian of 25 years plus and a parent of a former Montessori student, I know that the answer is a resounding yes!