Montessori Area: We understand the fact that children learn at their own pace and that is the reason why we have designed our classrooms in a way to provide complete learning environment. We intend to provide effective classroom coaching focusing on the learning pace of each child.
Montessori works on the following principles:
The Montessori classroom allows the child the comfort of being part of a unique learning environment. The child is treated with respect and dignity while at the same time learning to give respect to others.
The child learns with ease and enthusiasm in a prepared and stimulating environment. Between the ages of three and five, children are in the developmental sensitive period for language, manners, order and sensorial refinement. The Montessori environment is carefully prepared with interesting and inviting lessons. Understanding the significance of these sensitive periods, Montessori teachers endeavor to provide each individual child with what is needed at the optimal time. Through the use of specific materials, the environment develops skills in the area of Practical Life, Sensorial Development, Math and Language Concepts. Children are exposed to botany, geography, geometry, zoology and music theory. The goal of the program is to equip the children with self esteem and self help skills to prepare them with confidence and eagerness for further learning.
Curriculum Emphasis: At Bramblewood Montessori, our curriculum is designed to enhance the student’s desire to learn and develop a life long love of learning. The components of the program include:
Learning Centers: These areas are used during “free play”. At this time children further develop social skills (cooperation, problem solving, turn taking and sharing), imagination, and language and vocabulary development. Children have freedom to choose from a wide variety of activities during free-play time. They are provided with opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills. Creative parts and crafts offer the change to explore and experience a variety of art mediums including: collage materials, variety of paints & techniques, play dough, clay and numerous other activities. Students also experience the use of materials such as sand, water, building blocks, lego, duplo and puzzles. These materials are the foundation for more advanced comprehension including spatial relations, gravity, stability, weight, balance, and math. The housekeeping corner builds on social interaction and interpersonal dynamics. Music and early literacy are implemented into all areas of the program. These materials are carefully planned to address a wide variety of interest, challenges and levels of development.
Music and Movement: BMPD recognizes the value in exposing music to children from a very young age. In addition to music & movement with teachers on a daily basis, an additional qualified instructor from Jumpstart Music and Movement comes weekly to Montessori Program at Bramblewood Montessori. Each session will include singing, creative movement, instrument play and musical games.
Routine times: The daily routine of snack time, bathroom time, changing shoes, and hand washing are designed to help young children develop self help skills. Independence is always encouraged and fostered.
Cooking and Nutrition: Students explore and understand the basic food groups and learn what their bodies need in order to be healthy. They learn about and cook food from different countries that enable them to further their understanding of different people and cultures.
Orderly Environment: Students develop a sense of respect for their environment when they maintain their environment. This is achieved during the gradual entry process when a student begins at Bramblewood Montessori.
Snack/Lunch Time: We provide two nutritious snacks in mid morning and late afternoon respectively. Children learn social manners; inculcate good eating habits while interacting and sharing space with children of same age group from different cultural backgrounds. (read more)
Circle Time: Group times are organized to share stories, learn songs, experience music and movement . Children are also exposed to various musical instruments, taught theme concepts and are encouraged to interact with peers in a group setting.
Books / Literature: Books are readily available to the children at all times. Stories are read frequently to children individually or in small groups. Literary comprehension through storytelling, songs, dramatic play, felt board stories are enjoyed throughout the day.
Rest time: This is a time for children to unwind and slow down after a busy morning of activities, exploring and learning. Students in our Full-day Montessori program, rest/nap for a maximum of 60 minutes. The Infant/Toddler program provides rest/nap time during the day that best suits the child.
Outdoor Play: In the morning children go for a walk in the neighborhood while visiting a tot playground or the sports field for games. Often, our Full Day Montessori students will visit the sports field behind the elementary school to play parachute games.
In the afternoon students visit our private custom built playground in a beautiful green belt setting. The calming sound of the creek is enjoyed while students are enjoying their outdoor time.
Field Trips: Several field trips are planned throughout the year. Educators from the community are invited to present programs of special interest to our children. On special theme units, we welcome parents to “bring” their expertise to class and share their profession with our students.
Homework Time: Students in the School Age Care program (Kindergarten to Grade 5) are given the opportunity to complete their school work during quiet time. Our highly qualified teachers are available to provide support in French, Mandarin & Cantonese languages.