Our students enjoyed a wonderful spring at GMS!

  • In May, Casa students participated in a circus-themed adventure, in which comedy, acrobatics and juggling came together to the rhythm of live music, at the Ottawa Children’s Festival.
  • Springtime was welcomed by all our families with our annual GMS Plant-a-thon! Students decorated the school’s flower beds with a vast array of colourful annuals, and a sizeable garden bed was prepared for planting vegetables to be donated to the Food Bank.
  • GMS students were thrilled to view the Da Vinci exhibit at the Museum of Science & Technology, featuring 200 unique displays of machine inventions and reproductions of Renaissance art.
  • Overnight Space Camp for our senior elementary class was a great success! This unique educational program was designed to stimulate interest in Space Science.
  • GMS families attended the annual spring GMS Open House, highlighting an Academic & Arts Fair. All our students participated. Casa students showcased beautiful art creations. Junior Elementary students researched and gave impressive presentations on specific biomes. Senior students captivated their audience with space related themes and displays.
  • Our graduating senior elementary students were celebrated by their classmates, teachers and parents on Tuesday, June 18th. Our congratulations to all our graduates!

As we come to the end of another inspiring academic year, we note the remarkable growth our children have made. Dr. Maria Montessori so accurately described this process in the following quote: “The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. S/he has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline and self-control develops within them….. The child is both the hope and the promise for mankind.” — Dr. Maria Montessori

Read! Read! Read!

By Elizabeth S. Wisecup

“We should realize that if a child has learned to speak, he has a language and a way to express his personality. He has created from nothing, a way to let others to know him as a person. Reading and writing are no more difficult to acquire than speaking is, since they are also ways to communicate. It is the adult who makes learning to read and write difficult when he or she approaches the two as subjects to be conquered, rather than discoveries to be made.” Dr. Maria Montessori

The Montessori Language curriculum is unique because it is designed for children to DISCOVER reading. Examples of Montessori language materials and activities, used for the preparation of reading, are the sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, matching and classification lessons, word building activities, story sequence cards and much more. In every classroom is a library which books are used for daily reading circles. These language building activities provide a solid language foundation, supports vocabulary enrichment, expands imagination and knowledge, improves communication skills, develops critical thinking skills and increases memory.

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Montessori:  An Educational Choice

By Elizabeth S. Wisecup

As our world has become more unpredictable and we are faced with greater challenges, it is essential to make the best educational choices for our children. Dr. Maria Montessori said, “The education of even a small child does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”  Academics, competition and achievement define the educational systems of today; the Montessori educational method recognizes that in addition to academic success, the responsibility of teaching our children compassion, tolerance, patience, forgiveness and respect are equally important. The totality of these qualities is essential in building the educational, emotional and social foundations for a child.

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Mindfulness 

By Dijana Bate, Glebe Montessori School Founding Director

“I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars.”
– Dogen Zenji

Regardless of religious practices or beliefs, both children and adults can benefit from elements of wisdom derived from the Buddhist philosophy and way of life. Buddhism emphasizes Dhyãna, the Sanskrit word for “meditative state,” inviting one “to see, to observe, to look.” In fact, Buddhist principles lie at the very core of the mindfulness courses taught in many of today’s classrooms. For those children who are overwhelmed, suffering from toxic stress (as opposed to healthy stress), and resorting to freeze, flight or fight response modes, mindfulness training provides essential tools for coping. Mindfulness training is about building awareness, identifying and regulating emotions, managing stress and developing connectedness and interpersonal skills.

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An Observation at Glebe Montessori School  

by S. Elizabeth Wisecup, Montessori Educational Consultant

During my observation of classrooms at Glebe Montessori School, it was evident how children naturally love to learn.  Dr. Maria Montessori noted, “The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination.”

This is the philosophy that guides Montessori teachers in creating a “prepared” Montessori environment.  A Montessori classroom is beautifully arranged with child size furniture and the shelves are filled with specific subject materials organized in sequential order.  Great attention is given to the detail and beauty in the classroom, all supporting the requirements necessary to meet the physical, emotional and educational needs of each child.

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