Welcome Message from the Head of School
Welcome to a new school year at the Greenwoods Academy. It is an exciting time for Greenwoods as we begin our 9th year since our opening back in Oct. 2008. The year will be filled with many new events, including the establishment of our own Parent Group that can now be found on Facebook. Our classrooms are full and our teachers are primed with many seasonal and cultural activities to complement our rich Montessori environment. Be sure to take a look at our schedule of events posted on the school calendar, as well as the updated classroom photo galleries. We look forward to spending a wonderful up and coming year with all the children and their families at The Greenwoods Academy.
Sincerely, Miss Sharleen
About The Greenwoods Academy
The Greenwoods Academy is an independent school, located minutes from the Kanata Research Park, promoting the philosophy of integral education of children from junior toddler through to senior elementary. We are now accepting registrations for the 2017 school year.
Program Statement Policy & Procedures
The Greenwoods Academy is an independent Montessori Day School for children ages 18 months to 6 years old. Our educational philosophy and program statement is shaped by the new Ministry of Education Child Care Early Years Act (CCEYA), the (HLDH) How Does Learning Happen Ontario Pedagogy and the established pedagogy of the Montessori Education approach by Dr. Maria Montessori.
The implementation of both frameworks create an integrative experience as it combines both these curriculums to ensure that a child’s experience occurs within an inclusive environment that is designed to foster their well being, explorative learning and development in a meaningful and participatory way. By supporting mutually inclusive pedagogical strategies and creating opportunities for self discovery, a child can explore their world through educational work and play. Through both child-initiated and adult-supportive experiences the programs within each classroom maintain a child-centered approach directly adhering to the foundation of the early childhood philosophy of “follow the child”.
The child’s early school experience is more fully integrated by the participation of parents and family; thereby, creating a community committed to the education of their children. Parent participation in educational workshops, school events and parent teacher interviews allows for the school and home to work closely together, ensuring a combined effort in supporting the educational journey of the young child.
The school strives to be both progressive and constant, adapting to the new Ministry of Education inspired Early Years program and the tenets of a Montessori educational pedagogy. The Greenwoods Academy believes that learning is a joyful, lifelong experience that is meant to be enriching, engaging and interactive within a positive and supportive program. Teaching co-operation through sharing and communicating allows the child to advocate for themselves and learn patience and respect for others. Through redirection, mediation and peaceful resolution, the teacher helps guide the child to trust their own ability to reason and self-regulate.
The use of pedagogical approaches set out in the HDLH and observation techniques within the Montessori Framework are used to document individual children and the classroom on a whole. Bench marks and individualized goals set out for children will be documented as well as through, reflective practices and collaborative inquiry with colleagues. This provides ongoing professional learning and development of the implementation and approaches set out in this program statement.
Montessori educational programing is based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s pedagogical philosophy for early childhood education. The idea of child-centered learning first came into being through her detailed observations of what motivates a young child to learn. The creation of specialized didactic materials provided children with the means to explore adult concepts of the physical and sensorial world, in a much more meaningful child-centered way. In all Montessori programs each classroom is divided up into distinct curriculum areas appropriate for their age grouping. The core areas being Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Geography, Science, Cultural and Art. Each area provides hands on learning for the child to grow and develop their inherent skills.
Through manipulation of engaging everyday materials in the Practical Life area children learn the fine motor skills related to pouring, spooning, mixing, lacing, polishing, sweeping, washing, etc. These adult created activities help isolate certain skills that each child is developing and able to work with independent and at their own pace. The dressing frames allow a child to practice skills like zippering, snapping, buttoning, velcroing and tying; enabling them to assist in their own care of self.
Specially designed sensory materials allow the child to experience their senses through exploration in the Sensorial area. By providing handcrafted materials in a variety of textures, shapes and colours, their imagination comes alive as they build, manipulate and decipher the activities available.
By making the abstract, concrete the Math area provides a better understanding of the mystical world of numbers. Learning to count becomes both a concrete and sensorial experience through the Montessori math materials provided. A child can physically hold 10,100,1000 in their hands. They can see and feel two and three dimensional geometric forms, all the while learning their appropriate names.
Learning the alphabet is phonetically fun and having the ability to string letters together to form words is the magic of the Language area. Using sandpaper letters to learn the formation of letters is another sensorial experience that aids in a child’s ability to print. Exploring printing through different mediums (sand tray, chalk board, tracing paper, lined paper, journals), prepares the child for writing. Early reading skills are developed by listening to stories, exploring books in the book corners and experimenting with various levels of readers with teachers and peers.
Opportunities for discovering Science and Geography are all around us. Learning the basic concrete elements of Air, Earth and Water to witnessing their various properties can open young minds to endless possibilities in the world around them. Distinct Montessori geographical and science materials invites child to explore and ask why? Puzzle maps, land and water forms, sandpaper globes, test tubes, nature tables, sensorial tables, microscopes, telescopes all lend to a bountiful and enriching curriculum.
Art and Culture are definitive aspects of what makes us who we are. Our character is shaped by culture and our personalities by art. In the Montessori programs, a child is exposed to the diversities of where they live and where they come from. Cultural differences are celebrated and learned about so that a child feels appreciated for who they are and becomes accepting of others around them. All children delight in a party. Holiday and cultural celebrations are outlined in each classroom curriculum and in their respective newsletters. Parents are encouraged to participate in sharing stories, recipes, music and clothing.
Creativity comes in many forms, that is why our Art curriculum is not learning just about artists that paint, but musicians, sculptors, dancers, writers, etc. all are included. Whether a toddler child bangs a toy drum, or a preschooler dances to Mozart, or a Kindergartener paints their first Monet; the experience in the classroom, in that moment is an expression of not only who they are but who they can become.
We are a school committed to global awareness. The Greenwoods Academy believes that the world is truly a village. In teaching the children to be citizens of the world, we teach them to respond compassionately and empathetically to helping those around them. The children at The Greenwoods Academy participate in many multi-cultural activities that promote diversity and tolerance. It is our conviction that we think and act both locally and globally. The children and their families engage in local and international humanitarian assistance initiated by our peace education curriculum found in all of our programming. Children learn that no matter how small the effort, children of all ages can make a difference.
We are a school committed to environmental awareness. The Greenwoods Academy ensures a green friendly environment both indoors and outdoors. The use of toxic-free art and science materials, naturalized outdoor maintenance of playground and surrounding areas is an eco-friendly approach, which promotes best practices and responsible sustainability. Recycling and composting are inherent practices that allow for direct hands-on participation of the children within each program.
We are a school committed to celebrating each and every child. The Birthday Walk is a special way in which the Montessori honours these important milestones in a child’s life. A separate hand out from each classroom explains the significance of this ritual.
The Greenwoods Academy, guided by the pedagogical philosophy of an “integrative education,” inspires the development of the whole child from infancy to adolescence. We provide a holistic Montessori based curriculum that is appropriate to a child’s developmental stages; nurturing the mind, body, emotions and spirit, while providing a safe and supportive environment.
The child’s school experience is more fully integrated by the participation of parents and family; thereby, creating a school community committed to the education of their children. Parent participation in educational workshops, school events and parent-teacher interviews allows for the school and home to work closely together ensuring a combined effort in supporting the educational journey of each child.
The school strives to be both progressive and constant, fostering respect and responsibility to self, to others and to the earth. The Greenwoods Academy believes that education is a joyful, lifelong experience that is meant to be explored, observed and discovered by the child.
The Greenwoods Academy ensures a green-friendly environment both indoors and out of doors. The use of toxic-free cleaning, science and art supplies. Pesticide-free outdoor maintenance of playground and surrounding areas. Naturalization of school grounds is an innovative and holistic approach to environmental education for children, promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability. Recycling and composting are inherent practices that allow for direct hands-on participation within each classroom.
The Greenwoods Academy believes that the world truly is a village. In teaching our children to be citizens of the world, we teach them to respond compassionately and empathetically to helping their fellow man. The children at the school participate in many multi-cultural activities that promote diversity and tolerance. Each year the classroom teacher will prepare a fundraising activity which allows the children to actively engage in giving humanitarian assistance. It is our conviction that we think and act both globally and locally. No matter how small the effort, children of all ages need to know that they can make a difference