Our Mission, Our Vision and Our Philosophy
About Big Dreams
Montessori education is an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.Children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds all over the world have benefited from Montessori education. Your child will as well.
The Montessori teacher is interested in the child’s developmental readiness to respond to the sensory stimulation of the Montessori environment.
Dr. Maria Montessori Model / The Parent Educator
Maria Montessori believed strongly that parents play a critical role in their child’s education. Education begins with the parent’s in the home, at birth. The parent is the child’s first and most influential teacher.
As a parent you have a unique opportunity to lead your child into areas of interest and activity that are meaningful and fulfilling to both of you: hobbies, intellectual pursuits, spiritual values, cultural and environmental appreciation. You, as the primary teacher, are the most significant influence on your young child’s absorbent mind. The Montessori school is the natural extension of your home.
Meet Our Team
It is the Centre’s policy to hire Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) who are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario. The teaching staff is led by a Supervisor who is a member in good standing of the College of Early Childhood Educators with adequate experience and who is able to plan and deliver play based learning and care programs. (Early Childhood Educators Act,2007)
We ensure that all the teaching staff should be a member in good standing of the College of Early Childhood Educators with adequate experience. A committee comprising of the Directors and the Supervisor conducts all permanent hiring.
Big Dreams Centre ensures that all the staff has a valid Vulnerable Sector Police Check, a valid Fist Aid (including Infant and Child CPR) certificate and are adequately vaccinated.
Big Dreams Montessori drives to create an inclusive and safe learning environment for all children. At Big Dreams we focus on the individual child and plan programs that cater to your child’s developmental needs and interests. Our staff are professional individuals who strive to provide genuine care to each child in our care
The staff-child ratio is in line with the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA),2014.
|Class room||Staff: Children|
|Infants (Up to 18 months)||1:3|
|Toddlers (18 months to 30 months)||1:5|
|Preschoolers (30 months to 6 years)||1:8|
|School Age (68 months to 13 years)||1:15|
It is the centre’s policy to hire Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) who are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario. The teaching staff is led by a Supervisor who is a member in good standing of the College of Early Childhood Educators with adequate experience and who is able to plan and deliver play based learning and care programs. (Early Childhood Educators Act,2007)
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.
Montessori curriculum emphasizes learning as a process that cannot be determined by a child’s age. Instead, learning is a process that is determined by the rate and speed at which a child can acquire one skill before moving on to another skill.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. … It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive
Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator who developed the Montessori Method of teaching. The Montessori Method is generally based on the idea that children learn best when the environment supports their natural desire to acquire skills and knowledge.
The main purpose of a Montessori school is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for creative learning.
Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.
The 5-year-old Montessori students were found to have better reading and math skills than their peers who attended traditional schools and they scored higher on tests measuring social development, researchers reported. There is no testing and no grading.
Role of Teacher. The role of a Montessori teacher is that of an observer whose ultimate goal is to intervene less and less as the child develops. The teacher’s first objective is to prepare and organize the learning environment to meet the needs and interests of the children as well as promote independence.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world.
Montessori teachers are the dynamic link between children and the Prepared Environment. They systematically observe their students and interpret their needs. … They observe and evaluate each child’s individual progress. They respect and protect their students’ independence.
The “prepared environment” is Maria Montessori’s concept that the environment can be designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child. … In the calm, ordered space of the Montessori prepared environment, children work on activities of their own choice at their own pace.
Freedom and Discipline. … It is generally understood that children can only “behave” when strict discipline is imposed on them, meaning their freedom taken away– this is the thinking of traditional schooling. But Maria Montessori discovered that the two, freedom and discipline, indeed go hand in hand.
In a Montessori preschool, children are grasping the same concepts as their peers in a traditional classroom, but the idea is for children to learn individually and at their own pace by moving freely around the room and choosing from a wide range of hands-on, age-appropriate activities that are designed to teach.
Montessori classrooms are peaceful, happy places designed to meet the developmental needs of each child in every stage of life. They contain many places for children to learn and play, in many different ways: by themselves, in pairs, in small groups, in large groups, inside, outside, at tables, on the floor.
While there are many wonderful qualities of a Montessori education, herein lies a highlight of eight key principles:
- Movement and Cognition.
- Intrinsic Rewards are Avoided.
- Learning with and from Peers.
- Learning in Context.
- Teacher Ways and Child Ways.
- Order in Environment and Mind.
I wanted my daughter to be in a Montessori that felt like home. The staff at Big Dreams has made this possible. They have created an environment for her that is not only safe, but educationally stimulating as well.
Before enrolling my child into this centre, I was nervous as it would be the first time my son would be away from me. The staff at Big Dreams worked with me and ensured that we had a smooth transition. They have gone above and beyond with my child and I am impressed with the programs they have in place.
The first time I walked into Big Dreams I was impressed with the setup of the Montessori. It is obvious that the staff has put much time and care into creating a centre that is warm and welcoming. I was greeted with smiles and I knew this would be the perfect Montessori for my child
Big Dreams Montessori is a great place for my daughter to start her school experience. Not only they have positive and loving staff, but also the place is very safe and welcoming. My daughter looks forward to going to BD Montessori every day.
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