The next two months will be filled with many events for our GMS Community. GMS families will enjoy seasonal concert performances, workshops, field trips and more.
November will once again be a time of remembrance and learning of the great sacrifices made by others. Mr. Pollowin a decorated veteran will visit our elementary students as he has done for many years. Mr. Pollowin has become a GMS treasure and our students cherish his yearly visits.
GMS Music teacher, soprano Ania Hejnar will perform some beautiful opera highlights for the students in November. She will be accompanied by Jean-Hee Lee on violin, Desiree Abbey on cello and Judith Ginsburg on piano. A wonderful opportunity for our students to enjoy Ania’s beautiful voice accompanied by violin, cello and piano. The performance will be followed by a Q & A.
Toddler Holiday Breakfast
The festive Month of December starts with the Holiday Breakfast for the toddlers and their parents. Toddlers will be busy baking and making crafts for this very special event.
December also brings us our “Gingerbread Social”, an event enjoyed by all!
Casa children look forward to performing festive songs, skits and dances in front of their families during our annual Winter Concert in December. Elementary students are already busy practising for their roles in the musical production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen!
Senior students will visit the Glebe Centre to perform a medley of their musical songs in December.
GMS takes this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
Written by: Savka E. Wisecup, Montessori Educational Consultant, Glebe Montessori School
“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 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 Preschool Montessori Language curriculum is uniquely designed for children to discover the art and joy of reading. Examples of Montessori language materials and activities used for reading preparation include the sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, matching and classification lessons, sound & letter recognition games, word building materials, and much more. These progressive language lessons and materials build a solid language foundation, support vocabulary enrichment, expand imagination and knowledge, improve communication and listening skills, develop critical thinking skills and increase memory. The goal of the Montessori language curriculum is not only to help children attain high level reading skills, but most important, to experience a love of reading.
Scientists and educators have reminded us over and over again about the benefits of reading. “Individuals who read regularly across their lifespan showed increased mental capacity as they aged.” [www. neurology.org/content] “One study found a positive association between cognitive based activities, such as reading, and a decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Just like the heart, the brain is a muscle that needs to be taken care of in order to function at its fullest capacity throughout our lifetimes.” [https://usatoday30.usatoday.com]
Our society and life style are focused on social media, television, smart phones and constant distractions that fill time and space. These distractions should not override making it a priority to read on a daily basis. This is especially true for our children.
Roald Dahl’s poem “Television” offers us expert advice: “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray go throw your TV set away and in its place, you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
Reading can easily be made into a habit. At Glebe Montessori School, we start the reading habit in our toddler classrooms. A study conducted by Ohio State University, published April 4, 2019 in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics showed that “young children, whose parents read 5 books a day to them, will enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to… This ‘million word gap’ could be one of the keys in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development.” We encourage parents to start reading to their child from birth. Assist preschool children in selecting books, reread books to them as repetition builds vocabulary, initiate discussions and ask questions. Reverse roles while reading together so your young child gains confidence in reading aloud. Above all, foster a love of reading. “Our care of children should be governed, not by the desire to ‘make them learn things,’ but by the endeavor to always keep burning within them the light which is called intelligence.” [Dr. Maria Montessori]
We invite you to join us at Glebe Montessori School Visitors’ Information Night on November 12 from 6 -7 pm, at 650 Lyon St. South, to learn more about the Montessori Language curricula in our Toddler, Preschool and Elementary Grades 1 to 6 classrooms.
Fall Events at GMS!
The beginning of the school year at GMS is one filled with exciting events for our GMS community.
Our annual fall barbeque was an opportunity for old and new friends to connect. The children participated in various activities and all enjoyed the delicious barbeque dinner.
MacSkimming Education Centre
The first field trip of the year takes our Senior Elementary students to MacSkimming Education Centre where they will participate in team building exercises.
Junior Elementary students will learn the importance of bee pollination in our environment and Casa children will harvest pumpkins and enjoy the telling of Mohawk legends during their field trips to the Experimental Farm this fall.
A great start to another exciting year at GMS!
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
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.