Is passionate about providing a fun and safe atmosphere where children can learn and grow!
Combining both of these wonderful teaching philosophies creates a great balance in the program!
The Montessori Method is very popular around the world with parents. The Montessori approach is designed to support the natural development of the child in a prepared environment.
Five basic principles of the Montessori method put into practice are:
*respect the child
*the absorbent mind
Values that support learning through play include:
* Children are viewed as thinkers, reflecting about their world
* Purposeful play is when children learn through the process of their efforts
* Children gain knowledge by building on a path of ever increasing knowledge
* Children are encouraged to make choices and practice individual decision-making
One of Maria Montessori's most important and fundamental discoveries was what she called the absorbent mind. During the first six years of life, children have a very different way of learning than adults. At this age, children have sponge-like brains; they are able to soak up vast amounts of information from their environment. And they do so effortlessly, continuously, and indiscriminately.
Maria Montessori believed that children pass through phases in which at certain stags throughout their development they have a predisposition or sensitivity to learning a specific skill. These stages are called sensitive periods. Each period last for as long as it is necessary for the child to accomplish a particular stage in his development. These periods of sensitivity are transitory and when the aim of the period is accomplished the special sensitivity simply falls away. In other words it reaches its peak and dies away.
These sensitive periods can be thought of as moments of readiness for learning. Sensitive periods appear as an intense interest for repeating certain actions over and over again, until, out of repetition, a new skill emerges and is mastered.
My name is Elise Pallard-Dasko. I have certification in Early Childhood Education as well as my Montessori Teaching Diploma. I have taken the Handwriting Without Tears and Animated Alphabet language programs as well as numerous other professional development courses.
I have two children, Landon who is four years old and Aubrey who will be three in September. I used to own Parkland Montessori School in Spruce Grove. I sold the school when my daughter was born (September 2015) to spend some time at home with my children and family. I have missed teaching tremendously and it turned out to be the right time to come back. Working with children and seeing them grow and develop throughout the year is wonderful to be a part of. I am so excited to be back and for the upcoming school year!
This is my first year at Bright View Montessori! I am so excited to begin this new adventure of growing and learning with the children and families. Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I love to see the wonder and curiosity that emerges with each new adventure they embark on. I attended Grant MacEwan University for my Early Learning and Childcare Diploma. I am currenly working on completing my Montessori Teacher Diploma and I am ready to put my new learning into practice!
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