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The Summer Camp 2017

The Extra Curriculum Program

Kidney Clothes Donation Program

School Life - picture download

  • NEW: Father's Day
  • Mother's Day
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • November activities
  • Story of Nature
  • Puppet show
  • Halloween

Nutrition

  • May menu - Toddler
  • May menu - Preschool
  • Nutrition fees
  • Canada's Food Guide
  • Healthy eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Eating Disorders: common misconceptions and links to the early years
  • Learning lunchtime independence
  • Making a good start
  • Bon appetit - we always said that first.

Daily Program Plan

  • Toddler Classroom
  • Casa Classroom

Monthly Themes and Celebrations

  • Toddler Classroom
  • Casa Classroom
  • French language
  • Celebrations

Links

  • Product Safety - Juvenile Product Recalls
  • Family Education (health, nutrition, parenting and much more for children 0-12 years)

Parents' Homework

  • What's More Powerful than "Good Job?"
  • How to stay calm - the ultimate guide for parents
  • Separation
  • Biting incidents
  • The disintegration of the parent-child bond
  • The collapse of parenting - Why it's time for parents to grow up
  • How To Ruin Your Child
  • Memo From Your Child
  • Influenza Self-Assessment Chart for Children
  • When toddlers bite another children
  • Daily Homework
  • Ways to encourage your baby's language
  • Top ten reasons to read to children

School Policies

  • Parent handbook
  • General policies
  • Privacy policy
  • Health
  • Anaphylactic policy
  • Sleep policy and Supervision
  • Serious Occurence policy
  • Bagged lunches policy
  • Sanitary Policies and Procedures
  • Playgroung Safety policy
  • Outdoor activities
  • Water safety policy
  • Safe Drinking Water policy
  • Infection Control policy
  • Implementation and Reviews of Program Statement
  • Criminal reference check policy
  • Child abuse reporting policy
  • Supervision policy for volunteers and students
  • Staff training and development policy
  • Staff binder

    • Staff handbook
    • Fire Safety Plan
    • Opening and Closing policy
    • Lockdown policy
    • Wage Enhancement policy
    • Work Health and Safety policy

Montessori Parenting

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(Courtesy of Montessori International Magazine)

  • NEW: Story reading
  • NEW: Why a book?
  • NEW: Books and reading
  • NEW: Yoga benefits for the whole child
  • The Power of Music and Song
  • The importance of experience prenatally and in the first two years of life
  • Screen dependency in childhood
  • Absorbent Musical Mind
  • Montessori beyond the classroom
  • The importance of experience prenatally and in the first two years of life
  • Words and their role in development of young children's communication skills
  • The positive use of language to nurture positive behaviou
  • From talk to conversation
  • The gift of boredom
  • Treasures for twos
  • Settling into nursery
  • What is so terrible about two?
  • Supporting two year olds in a Montessori setting
  • Do try this at home
  • Close encounter of the green kinds
  • Synaesthesia - the implications for Montessori schools
  • Synaesthesia - a neurological mystery
  • Enriching children's language
  • Fit for life
  • Creative play for your child
  • So sexy so soon
  • Supporting boys
  • How can Montessori influence our parenting?
  • Separation anxiety
  • Children's natural rights
  • Social networking
  • Low-tech learning
  • Supporting your child at home 3
  • Supporting your child at home 2
  • Speaking each others' languages
  • Encouraging bilingualism
  • Thinking creatively
  • Keep taking the tablets - screen media and children
  • Supporting your child at home 1
  • Does not compute
  • Music for Architects
  • Why Montessori for over five's
  • Ready, set, learn
  • Research - Effect of television
  • Working with Nature
  • Remotely controlled
  • Learning from play
  • Montessori at home
  • Keeping as eys on the children
  • Beginning the journey
  • Impact of the electronic media
  • Movement and development of brain
  • Montessori Math ands brain building
  • Montessori for Infants and Toddlers
  • Sensitive periods
  • Help me to do it myself
  • Grace and Courtesy

Questions and Answers

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  • “How do I engage my 4 year old child with reading?”See the article
  • “When searching on your website for a nursery school for my child I noticed that many settings were accredited. Could you please explain what it means and if it is an important factor in the quality of a Montessori nursery?”See the article
  • “How beneficial is it for 2 year olds to attend a nursery?”See the article
  • “My son of 8 months is crawling around our home. What can I do to stimulate him in this period?”See the article
  • “We try to implement the Montessori approach by giving our children respect and trust, and as much freedom as possible at home. Our children are home educated and have a limited access to the computer and computer games. What are your views ' is this limitation of access in conflict with our belief in the children's freedom?”See the article
  • “I understand that there is an element of free choice in a Montessori school. What happens if my child just wants to paint all day and never for example uses the maths materials?”See the article
  • “How will I know how well my child is doing in a Montessori Primary (6-12) classroom as I have heard they don't do tests and assessments? How are children prepared for exams to get into an independent secondary school?”See the article
  • “My 8 year old son seems to be bright, has a good spoken vocabulary and is reading well, but he is unable to write more than a few words, and his handwriting is terrible. What can we do?”See the article
  • “I have just been to look around a Montessori school with my rather boisterous 2 year old son and I'm concerned whether there would be enough in the classroom to keep him engaged. I can see how a little girl could be kept occupied for hours with the threading, pouring and polishing exercises on the practical life shelves but I didn't see much for my son who gets bored easily. Please can you advise me as to whether the Montessori environment is right for my child?”See the article
  • “I am an occupational therapist, and my fourth child who is 14 months has Down syndrome. I am interested in Montessori for him. Do you have any resources to point me towards?”See the article
  • “I don't allow my 5 year old son to play with guns at home since I want him to grow up peacefully in a non-violent environment especially as there is a lot of violence on television. However if he finds a gun in his cousin's house it is the only toy he wants. I also observed him playing with his friends using sticks as guns. What do you suggest?”See the article
  • “How would you suggest keeping my child's "screen time" to a sensible length?”See the article
  • “My child seems to keep gravitating towards the same activities every day. How will she be encouraged to try new activities in her Montessori nursery?”See the article
  • “How will music help my child's development?”See the article
  • “My friend has a child in a Children's Centre and her son has got a Key Person who seems to do everything for her son. However my daughter goes to a Montessori School and although all the staff seem to know her and look after her there is not so much emphasis on Key Persons at her school. Should I be worried?”See the article
  • “How will my child fit in with a more traditional system after leaving Montessori nursery?”See the article
  • “When I ask my young son what he did at his Montessori school he often says 'nothing'. How do I find out what he has been doing?”See the article
  • “My child is leaving his Montessori nursery to go onto primary school. I would like to continue using the Montessori philosophy at home.
    Can you suggest practical ways I can prepare my child for his new school?”
    See the article

Library

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  • NEW: Sugar is the "alcohol of the child"
  • Praise Became a Consolation Prize
  • Why anxiety is increasingly common in kids, early warning signs-and the gentle fixes that help them thrive
  • Protecting children during a horific event
  • >When Children Say "I Can't," but They Can, and Adults Know It
  • Bilingual brains have higher volume of grey matter
  • Bilingual toddlers demonstrate greater cognitive flexibility
  • A Subject Schools Lack
  • There Has Been No Collapse of Parenting
  • Why kids today are out of shape, disrespectful - and in charge
  • No timeouts, reward charts or taking their toys away
  • Four Crucial Ways Playing Outdoors in Winter Benefits Children
  • Why kids should play outside, even in extreme cold
  • Empathy, Education and a True Growth Mindset
  • Determining if your child has a speech disorder
  • Protecting Children During a Horrific Event
  • New study calls for changes to childcare "mandatory" sleep rules
  • Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids
  • Children Want Factual Stories, Versus Fantasy, More Often Than Adults
  • Grace and Courtesy and the Adult
  • The Most Important Montessori Lesson Edward Fidellow
  • Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard?
  • Another Approach to Raising Healthy Eaters
  • Bedtime Stories for Young Brains
  • Beyond Academics-What a Holistic Approach to Learning Could Look Like
  • Time for Bed
  • What Playing Sports Teaches Kids About Bigger Roles in Life
  • What Stealing Cookies Teaches Us About Young Children and Empathy
  • Fidgeting May Benefit Children With ADHD
  • Guinea Pigs Are Autistic Child's Best Friend
  • Why Slowing Down Stimuli to Real Time Helps a Child's Brain
  • Preschoolers and Praise-What Kinds of Messages Help Kids Grow
  • Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education
  • Education Doesn't Need to be Reformed - It Needs to be Transformed
  • Why Kids Need to Move
  • Smartphone, tablet overuse among toddlers may stunt development
  • Parenting Advice From 'America's Worst Mom'
  • Regular naps are 'key to learning'
  • Protecting Children During a Horrific Event
  • Helping Kids Cope with Media Coverage of War and Traumatic Events
  • Full-day kindergarten is failing our children
  • Why Empathy is Declining Among Students and What We Can Do
  • How Should You Talk To Your Kids?
  • Overprotective Parenting: Finding Balance & Fostering Independence
  • The Overprotected Kid
  • Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework
  • Is ADHD a mental health crisis, or a cultural one?
  • Kids may be ready for math earlier than you think
  • States try to save cursive writing in the classroom
  • Looking around: Creating a learning environment (even without a teacher)
  • The iParents: Adults face modern struggle to balance staying connected and hands-free parenting
  • Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail
  • The adolescent Brain
  • Preschool Learning - More than ABCs and 123s
  • Montessori, neuroscience, and parenting
  • A Montessori Child's Plea Poem
  • Do Young Children Need Computers
  • Reducing Academic Pressure May Help Children Succeed
  • Montessori - It's good for business

Parent Central

  • NEW: Anxiety and kids
  • Teen brain benefits from mindfulness training
  • Creating Innovators

The Globe and Mail

  • NEW: Too much homework stifling your kids? Let them just say no
  • Early-learning schools create an environment to address the whole person
  • What happened to raw emotions in childrens' songs
  • Why I prod my kids to do chores
  • Chores-How to make kids want to help
  • Want to teach your kids to be better people-Make them do chores
  • Giving kids with ADHD room to move could boost test scores: study
  • How my four-year-old showed me the dangers of being polite
  • UBC students' invention can warn parents of autistic meltdowns
  • Are your kids picky eaters? Try letting them play with their food
  • The growing argument against homework
  • Parents, your inflated praise could be turning your child into a narcissist
  • Let the kids run wild
  • Bribing your kids
  • Movie sex and violence risks desensitizing parents, study finds
  • The simplest, cheapest way to give your child a healthy start: Read to them
  • Why kids over 5 aren't doing enough physically
  • Moving away from drugs, training the mind could be key to treating ADHD
  • Girls have actually always done better than boys at school, study finds. But why?
  • Are you paying your kids for good behaviour? You're not alone
  • Why you actually don't need to let your kids fail
  • Full-day kindergarten offers little academic advantage, study says
  • Four common mistakes parents make when praising their kids
  • Early engagement key to getting girls into science careers, Canadian study says
  • Training the brain may be key to controlling ADHD
  • Sibling relationships tied to children's vocabulary skills
  • How to nurture the single most important part of your child's well-being: Their mental health
  • Family happiness: Do parents expect too much?
  • Solving the math-phobia problem - for both parents and kids
  • A parenting trend with an anti-guilt clause

The New York Times Magazine

  • NEW: Spoiled Rotten
  • Building Self-Control, the American Way
  • Read to Your Baby
  • When to Worry if a Child Has Too Few Words
  • Let the Kid Be
  • Coming Full Circle
  • Taking Play Seriously

Time

  • NEW: Even Babies Can Recognize What's Fair
  • The Long-Term Effects of Spanking

The Sydney Morning Herald

  • The failure of school to educate

Forbes

  • NEW: Creating Innovators - Why America's Education System Is Obsolete
  • Is Montessori The Origin Of Google & Amazon

Harvard Business Review

  • Montessori Builds Innovators

Slate Magazine

  • NEW: Children cooking: How young can they be?

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The Globe and Mail

  • When saying "no" to your kids falls on deaf ears
  • Why helicopter kids aren't happy
  • The earlier kids start learning music, the better for the brain
  • Boys will be boys - schools need to understand that
  • When is shyness an 'illness'?
  • Pass the marshmallow test? Your brain's more efficient: study
  • Why are today's teenagers feeling so anxious?
  • Right To Play goes on the attack to stress importance of sports to kids
  • When to have the talk now? Boys reaching puberty younger, study finds
  • Do babies know the difference between right and wrong
  • Risky play is good for kids
  • Who killed the family room
  • Why kids need to fail to succeed in school
  • Who's watching the kids
  • Why I'm not okay with webcams in daycares
  • Why even toddlers should be doing chores
  • Are kids failing at summer
  • Study links spanking to later mental disorders
  • How to build a healthier, smarter student
  • War on child obesity: out of the cafeteria and onto the playground
  • Why we need to teach our kids how to fail
  • More activity, less screen time urged for young kids
  • Maria Montessori - guru for a new generation of business innovators
  • What the Italians can teach us about child rearing
  • Suffering from parenting advice overload? Say thanks, but no thanks
  • How many words should a 2-year-old know?
  • Babies help pupils learn empathy
  • Your kid is melting down. Why it's important to keep your cool
  • Technology opens up new worlds for children with autism
  • Will study of healthy brain shed light on autism?
  • Parents should have more legal leeway in spanking
  • Don't shut disabled kids out of society
  • Do French moms raise better-behaved kids?
  • Attentive kindergarteners grow up to be better workers
  • Kids under two should be 'screen free,' says American Academy of Pediatrics
  • U.S. guidelines lower age of ADHD diagnoses
  • Nice try! Why parents should stop telling loving lies
  • How nurture can trump nature: "Parents are their kids' stress response system"
  • Three family-friendly goals for a happier home
  • Talking Points: Olympic torch, kids' sleep patterns, and exercise in the golden years
  • Study says parents could do more to protect kids' ears

The Toronto Star

  • NEW: Having regular chores helps children learn responsibility, experts say
  • NEW: Poor sleep tied to kids' lower academic performance
  • Early learning is a better bargain than universities
  • Kindergarten attention span predicts good work habits down the road
  • Learning to live with 'boy energy'
  • Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate
  • Even at 6 months, babies have innate sense of numbers: study
  • Reading, writing and running around
  • How to make the most of summer
  • School's out but work is not
  • Are our toddlers becoming the new crop of couch potatoes?
  • Taking Charge of the Future
  • Homework harms kids, says debunker

The Globe and Mail

  • Children's fitness levels declining worldwide
  • How to help kids stay cool about back-toschool worries
  • Full-day kindergarten is no magic bullet
  • Montessori method: learning that emerges from within
  • Probiotics linked to lower risk of allergies for kids
  • Does Ritalin really help?
  • The great, untapped household labour pool: your kids
  • Kids with ADHD have trouble forming emotional memories
  • Why you should let Dr. Seuss help raise your kids
  • Montessori Builds Innovators
  • Do children really need to be gender-free
  • Babies should exercise to fight obesity
  • Early autism screening
  • Does year round schooling
  • The case for staying out of school
  • EQ over IQ - How play-based learning
  • The secret to happier parenting
  • Canada gets a failing grade for childhood fitness
  • Relearning the lost art
  • Treating autism
  • Hey kids, how about a vocation vacation?
  • Watch that education gap disappear
  • Self-control at an early age helps avoid pitfalls
  • How to raise an 'orchid child' to blossom
  • Girls-only computer class
  • A dramatic move to make students KEEN on lerning
  • How to reset your child's sleep schedule
  • Age distorts ADHD diagnoses in kindergartners
  • Should late-birthday kids sit out a year?
  • Beware of jumping to ADHD conclusions
  • Genetic finding paves way for controversial autism testing
  • Fewer toddlers getting all their vaccinations
  • Health & Fitness
  • Video eye tests help screen toddlers brain function
  • Do mornings with the kids have to be hell?
  • How to raise joyful kids
  • All school, for all day, makes Jack an irritable boy
  • Parent-teacher interviews
  • How involved should parents be in children's homework?
  • Keeping kids in the dark
  • How one family won the battle to ban homework
  • Waldorf, Montessori programs are about teaching children how to think
  • My third grader still can't read. What do I do?
  • Chewing over the benefits of family meals
  • ADHD study ties brain proteins to symptoms
  • ADHD - or sleep deprived?
  • Your children can be upstanding
  • All girls better grades
  • Near-term babies risk developmental delays: study
  • He's got a girl brain, she's got a boy brain
  • Infant TV viewing
  • Cash for grades
  • It can be lonely saying no
  • Childcare in Canada
  • Any Kid Can Learn Math
  • Baby, It's Not That Cold Outside
  • The Secret To Success
  • Building Confidence
  • Nature may ease ADHD symptoms
  • Our brave new world
  • The Free Range Child