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Montessori Children's Community

NEWS!

The Montessori Children’s Community has received approval for 28 children!

Approval has been granted for an exemption for a group size of 28 children, three to five years of age, in the morning session. (8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) The kindergarten age children will stay in the afternoon for lunch and the extended day programme. (12:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.)

We are very pleased to announce we have received our AMI Certificate for School Recognition, the first milestone for our Pilot Project!

About our Children's Community

The Montessori Children's Community opened September 5, 2006 in the heart of the Cambie/Oakridge area in Vancouver.

Our Dedication

The Montessori Children's Community is committed to supporting the wholesome growth and development of the human personality during the formative years of childhood. This is through the work of Dr. Maria Montessori. In this way, we can assist the child, not only in his natural quest for knowledge and independence, but also in his task of creating himself and in striving to realize his potential. This embodies Dr. Montessori's principle of education as an aid to life.

A Pilot Project

The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia has been granted special permission to develop a Montessori prepared environment for children 3 to 6+ years of age following the criteria required by the Association Montessori Internationale for school recognition. Currently some B.C. regulations restrict Montessori schools from following such criteria.

The Montessori Children's Community will be a Pilot Project for British Columbia. The objectives of this Project are to establish a model class to demonstrate the excellent quality A.M.I. criteria promote and secondly, by working in collaboration with the Community Care Licensing Office in Vancouver, to define a procedure that can be followed by other Montessori schools in B.C. which choose to operate according to A.M.I. requirements.

Research for the Pilot Project

To meet the objectives of the Pilot Project, we will be required to provide current research. Parents registering their children in this programme acknowledge this and agree that current research practices will be implemented, such as videos, photographs and documentation all within recognized privacy boundaries. All information and documentation collected will be used specifically for research.

The Eden Philosophy

We are most excited to be located at Youville Residence - a seniors’ home operated by Providence Health Centre. The Youville coordinators have welcomed us enthusiastically. Recently they embraced the Eden Philosophy, one of the guiding principles being: " An Elder-centered community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living." As our program has developed, we have found ways to positively affect the lives of the seniors. This adds a wonderful dimension to our children's program as well as to the lives of the residents at Youville.

The School Administrator

Ms. Kristina Yang is a graduate of the AMI Primary Training and AMI Assistants to Infancy Training from the Montessori Training Centre of BC. She is a certified Infant Massage Instructor and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Kristina has worked as a primary guide and as an Assistant to Infancy in a Montessori Parent-Infant Program.

Parents may contact Kristina directly at 604-261-0863 or by email at mcc@mtcbc-ami.org to discuss Administration and Registration matters or to request a meeting.

The Directress

Ms. Sepideh Andalib completed her Masters' Degree in Library Science at the University of Tehran and later completed her AMI Primary Teacher Training at the Montessori Training Centre of BC. Following her teacher training she went on to work at a local Montessori school for four years. When the MCC opened in 2006, Sepideh began working as the Course Assistant at the Montessori Training Centre and as the Program Assistant in the morning portion of the program at the MCC; a position she held for four years. Sepideh has a deep sense of commitment and enjoyment in her work in Montessori education.

The Class Assistant

Mrs. Mirka Belakova completed her degree in Early Childhood Education is Slovakia several years ago, where she worked in child care centres. Upon immigrating to Canada in 2001 with her husband and daughters, she continued to work in the Early Childhood Education field. Mrs. Belakova was very pleased to join the Montessori Children's Community in 2010 and enjoys very much the Montessori approach to education.

Parent Study Programme

The Montessori Children’s Community gives parents the opportunity to participate in an interesting and dynamic Parent Study programme which harmonizes developmental practices in the home and the school. This will be presented by Eduardo Cuevas, the Director of Training of the Montessori Training Centre of BC, and staff. As well as his many years training Montessori teachers, Eduardo has extensive experience as a Montessori teacher, school administrator and Director of Parent Education programmes. All parents enrolling their child at the MCC are required to attend these monthly programmes.

As an Observation Site

As part of the students' training, the MTC of BC uses many of the Montessori schools in the Lower Mainland for observation and practice teaching. The Montessori Children's Community will be one of the sites used by the training centre. Clear, strict guidelines are given to observers, as it is important this is done without interacting with the children. The ability to guide children's development based on keen observation of children's activity is an essential quality of a Montessori teacher. The Montessori Children's Community will also be used as a Practicum site for MTC of BC students.