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September 25th Apple Picking

On September 25, 2019, Bayside Montessori went to Wadell’s Apple Orchard. We were greeted by Marita Wadell and Farmer Charlie. We followed Farmer Charlie back to the picking area, and he showed us how to pick an apple properly. Always remember that the bottom of the apple, called the eye, needs to be tipped to […]

Teaching reading and writing

Reading and writing are sometimes taken for granted by adults who have mastered the skills—but looking at them from a child’s perspective, they are skills of Herculean difficulty. Literacy is a complicated, integrative process that involves the association of symbols with sounds, sounds with words, and words with ideas. It means learning to fluidly encode […]

Why I love my job

As I enjoy some time off from school, on a rainy day like today, I find myself The beginning of the new year is always exciting. We rekindle relationships with returning students and begin to forge relationships with the new students. Every student, beginner or veteran, has a year of new experiences and learning ahead [...]

A New School Year – 2019

Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavour always to keep burning within him the light which is called intelligence. ~ Dr. Maria Montessori A new school year is on the horizon and it opens us up to a world of possibilities. […]

Reflections of a Montessori Teacher

A couple of weeks ago, we had the privilege, as we have had for the last three years, of hosting a wonderful string ensemble called The Magesterra Soloists. Always a favourite with our students, this group of performers brings an understanding and appreciation of chamber music to their young audience. The music, though wonderful, is […]

Buyer Beware, Why the label “Montessori” isn’t enough

As Ontario school systems face an increase in the number of children in one class, more and more parents are looking for alternatives to the larger class sizes. For many, Montessori is an obvious option because of our ratio of student to teacher in much lower. The downside to this is that many daycare facilities, […]

Physical Education

Early age children highly benefit from being active, not just physically but emotionally and socially as well.  In physical education at Bayside Montessori, we focus on basic motor skills such as running, jumping, crawling etc., as well as stimulating games that include movement to music, communication, social interaction and body awareness. We see physical education [...]

What is Bayside Montessori?

By direct translation, the Casa classroom means ‘the Children’s house’. Inside, a warm and nurturing environment is found where three years’ worth of curriculum is found on the shelves for the children to work through at their own pace. The classroom consists of child-sized tables and chairs and the materials are easily accessible to the [...]

The Important Period of Life

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when mans intelligence itself, his greatest implemented is being formed.” Dr. Maria Montessori   The child in the early years tells us he is [...]