Philosophy and Program Goals
Help me, to help myself – Maria Montessori
At The Radiant Way Montessori, we create an environment that feels like a home away from home. It is intentionally a small preschool providing children with traditional Montessori education which continues Dr. Maria Montessori’s life time work.
When children enter our environment for the first time they feel immediately comfortable. This is because our school is intended to feel like a school and a casa dei bambini, house for children, as outlined by Dr. Montessori in her writings. Our warm, intimate nurturing environment makes it possible for your child to make a smooth transition from home to school in their early years, while still communicating the importance of learning. Every child has a right to a safe and healthy environment, to individual attention, to respect and love and to a stimulating and enjoyable learning experience. Based on this philosophy, we help our children to develop a sense of self respect and love of learning, which will endure for the rest of their lives.
We know that each child’s development is unique in the way he or she grows, learns and matures. While all children advance through different stages physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively, how and when they develop in each area is an individual matter. While some children are ready to walk at eight or nine months of age, others may not be ready till fourteen or fifteen months. Each child has individual strengths and each is entitled to support and stimulation to foster his or her growth.
The program at The Radiant Way Montessori is a child centered rather than an adult directed program. The planning of the daily schedule is based on children’s development and individual needs. We believe an effective program for your child requires joint cooperation between parents and staff. We also consider communication as one of the most important aspects of our relationship.
The Radiant Way Montessori is dedicated to quality education. Our Montessori program encourages children to learn at their own pace, regardless of age. Lessons are given individually, and circle times are in groups. In this way children learn to take turns, listen to others and share. All this is done under the guidance of qualified and accredited teachers.
Radiant Way Montessori offers a quality Private Montessori Education based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy which is closely tied into the four foundations of learning outlined in the document How Does Learning Happen: Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. It reflects a view of children as being competent, capable, curious and rich in potential. Radiant Way Montessori’s mission is to provide an authentic Montessori education in a prepared environment which fosters a child’s natural curiosity, love of learning, confidence and emotional wellbeing. The carefully planned, self-motivating environment and highly trained teachers helps each child develop naturally at his or her own pace. The Radiant Way Montessori environment promotes a child’s discovery, growth & development and is dedicated to the development of the whole child: academically, emotionally and socially.
Our goal is to plan for and create positive learning environments and experiences in which each child’s learning and development will be supported. We ensure that each child and their family are greeted every morning with a smile and a hand shake. At the start of every school year in order to build healthy relationships with our families we shall put together a family tree, a map or a quilt of belonging as suggested in the document, How Does Learning Happen. Families play a large role in our community. To promote a sense of belonging we hold an annual BBQ, celebrations for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and invite parents out to special days such as birthdays and special visitors.
Our goal is to involve local community partners and allow those partners to support the children, their families and staff. Throughout the year the children participate in various charity events such as Terry Fox run, food drives and collections for women and Children’s shelters. Community workers are invited to come to school to speak to the children. We regularly share print material and online resources to both parents and staff to educate and offer support.
Our goal is to support staff and provide ongoing professional learning. Staff is encouraged to attend various workshops and seminars such as Ministry of Education, CCMA , Health department. PA days are scheduled throughout the year to give staff the opportunity to attend these workshops. Regular staff meetings provide ample opportunity for open discussions for children and their development. Staff self-evaluations are issued for open discussion and for self-improvement.
Our goal is to promote the health, safety, nutrition and wellbeing of the children in our care. We strive to connect the child to his environment and encourage the child to be aware of his body and his needs. We offer a well-balanced catered hot lunch. We ensure that food served follows the Canada Food Guide and help children understand the importance of making healthy choices. Teachers eat with the children, role modelling healthy eating and offering the children a home like environment. Lunch is served in porcelain bowls with stainless steel cutlery. We offer an open snack table where children are encouraged to enjoy a healthy snack whenever they feel the need to.
Our goal is to offer indoor and outdoor play mornings as well as afternoons. We also incorporate a rest/quiet time on rest mats after lunch. We have a peace table in our classroom, where a child can go and sit quietly if he or she needs some alone time. We also offer opportunities like nature walks, as well as gardening and sports days. Every care is taken to ensure that our program provides growth and development for the brain as well as the body. We offer a weekly yoga session for both Toddlers and Preschoolers to promote healthy living.
Our goal is to foster the children’s exploration, play and inquiry. Our classrooms have Montessori trained teacher guides that ensure the children have freedom of movement in a well prepared self-motivating environment, rich in materials that encourage independence, open ended learning and growth. By offering a minimum two hour work cycle the children have plenty of time of exploration and reflection.
Our goal is to provide child initiated and adult supported experiences. Our Montessori materials and trained teachers ensure that children have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make observations to foster their curiosity. The teachers are trained observers which allow them the opportunity to provide the child with additional material to satisfy their curiosity.
Our goal is to foster engagement by an ongoing communication with the parents about the program and their children. Our open door policy allows parents to schedule observations and to participate in school events. We regularly plan information nights and curriculum workshops for parents. Regular newsletters and updates are sent via email and notices are posted on our parent board. We also hold annual BBQs, concerts and special events.
Our goal is to create and support positive and responsive interactions among children, parents and staff. We encourage children to express themselves freely and offer plenty of opportunities for role play in order to provide children with the necessary vocabulary. Through grace and courtesy activities the children in our environment foster respect for one self, each other and the world around them. We also have an open door policy and encourage parents to come and observe their child’s classroom and to speak to the teachers in person, phone or email. Our staff is encouraged to have open dialogue with parents and both the supervisor and principal are always readily available. Our goal is to encourage children to interact and communicate in a positive way and support their ability to self-regulate. We feel that respect for one self, each other, and the environment is very important. The children are taught about differentiating between good and poor choices, to acknowledge their own feelings and feelings of others and about necessary social skills. Through books and lessons and role playing the children are given opportunities to develop social skills and to put them into practice.