Category 'General News'

24
Mar

Thoughts on Education: Spring Fever

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As a child, I am sure that I was one of those students who exhibited symptoms of the notorious Spring Fever. Although I enjoyed going to school and showed a great sense of curiosity, I could hardly wait to engage in active, outdoor play for as many hours of the day as possible – baseball, […]

3
Mar

Thoughts on Education: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose

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In the middle of the twentieth century, a few scientists began to discover that humans have a third drive (the first two are those of satisfying biological needs and response to rewards and punishments). That third drive is the need to satisfy internal motivations for what we do. The three essential components of a system […]

27
Oct

Thoughts on Education: Field Trips

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Dear Parents, At this time, children have now settled into classroom routines, and OMS Montessori teachers are beginning to introduce the first ‘Going-outs’ of the school year. Montessori was a proponent of field trips for elementary-aged children, viewing these outings as necessary extensions of the classroom. Based on her observations, children at the second plane […]

28
Jan

50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Ways Enrolment Campaign Launched at OMS Montessori

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OMS Montessori is pleased to announce the launch of a 50 day enrolment campaign: 50 Years, 50 Days, 50 Ways. The campaign will serve to celebrate OMS Montessori’s 50 year history in the City of Ottawa, and to demonstrate what makes OMS Montessori Ottawa’s premiere Montessori institution. OMS Montessori began as Ottawa’s first Montessori school, […]

25
Nov

Universal Children’s Day at The Element

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On Universal Children’s Day Upper Elementary students from OMS Montessori visited The Element to celebrate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A group of Element students prepared a presentation for the day, which talked about what the rights of the child and why these are important. Students then presented the Declaration […]

21
Oct

Parent Library

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Last weekend, Pat Gere, School Director, and Pat Garneau, Director of the English Program, attended a CCMA Administrator’s retreat in Toronto. Dr. Michael Thompson, a world renowned clinical psychologist, author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys and Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help A Child Grow, presented at […]

23
Sep

Montessori and Compassion

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By: Pat Garneau, Director of the English Program Last week, a younger Upper Elementary boy fell and bumped his chin on the floor resulting in the possibility that he might need stitches. He was very worried about this, asking if there were going to be needles, would it hurt and so on. While we were […]

9
Sep

Recess in the Casa Playground

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By: Pat Garneau, Director of the English Program On the first day of school, I had the pleasure of doing yard duty in the Casa playground. It was a beautiful summer’s day albeit hot, the flowers were in bloom, there was lush greenery in all the garden beds, particularly the feathery willow bushes, bumblebees were […]

6
Jun

National Day of Sweden and Geography in the Casa Curriculum

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Today is the National Day of Sweden and a perfect opportunity to reflect on geography in the Casa curriculum… OMS students start learning Geography in Casa by being introduced to the globe, and then control maps. At this time, we start teaching them about the people/cultures and fauna of the various continents/countries, as well as […]

3
Jun

Guests at OMS Montessori

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Our parents know that OMS Montessori offers an education beyond the ordinary, but this is recognized on an international level as well. Every year, we receive requests from student teachers and institutes interested in visiting, observing and teaching at our school. This year, we had three student teachers, each of whom visited for a month. We […]