How we see Clanmore Montessori School
How Clanmore Montessori School sees itself
"Located in southeast Oakville, bordering Mississauga, Lake Ontario, and a local conservation area, Clanmore Montessori School is housed in a beautifully restored historic farmhouse with a custom-designed, environmentally innovative addition. Clanmore provides top-quality authentic Montessori programming from Toddler to Middle School. Our highly qualified, caring staff support each child, fostering individual potential and nurturing academic, emotional, and social growth. CCMA accredited. Licensed."
"Clanmore literally means "big family" in Irish Gaelic. Community permeates every aspect of what we do. Our classrooms are mulit-aged student communities, our parent community is an intergral partner in school life at Clanmore and our older students are mentors and leaders not only in their own programs but for the school as a whole. We care deeply for all community members as we stand by, cheer on, support, and collaborate with each other."
"Families often comment on the authenticity and breadth of our Montessori programming along with the strong qualifications of our staff as a factor that attracts attention. Beyond this, the beauty of our buildings both inside and out, and the surrounding natural environment are also appreciated. There is an attention to detail and thoughtfulness in all that we do. Families feel respected and feel confident and comfortable that their children are in good care when choosing Clanmore."
"The children have a big voice in our school, be it in fundraising initiatives, the idea of the installation of a lower handrail for younger children, or the design of our school crest. The children are listened to and conversed with. They know they are integral members of our community and that with that comes important responsibility. They are encouraged to always speak up, to share their thoughts and ideas, and to advocate for themselves and others."
"The independent and individualized learning environments allow for the development of competence and confidence, but more than this, the children can move at their own pace in each aspect of their development. Children with strong leadership skills, for example, can confidently capitalize upon this strength while spending more time on areas that come less readily. Children who have mastered something may mentor a peer, even if that peer is a little older than they are."
"-the historic farmhouse is our cornerstone building and represents the "home-like" environment our staff and students share
-the original owners still oversea the school, both are Montessori-trained
-students returning as members of our parent community and members of our staff team
-school crest and motto designed and chosen by first Middle School graduates. (Motto is "Passion for Learning")
-there is original art everywhere, including children's recreations of the school logo"
How people from the school’s community see Clanmore Montessori School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Grace Kidney, Principal and Co-Owner
AMI Primary and Elementary Montessori Educator
Clanmore Montessori School sprang from a dream, a vision, a desire for a wonderful learning environment for children. In 1997 we opened our doors, and have since grown to a full spectrum Montessori school meeting the needs of children from toddler through to the middle school years. I am tremendously proud of our knowledgeable and wonderfully gifted teachers and the work that all the staff does to maintain Clanmore's highly personal and welcoming atmosphere. Over the years we have found that this unique atmosphere unites our families resulting in our whole community supporting the children as they grow to realize their potential. A potential which is astounding when it is left to freely develop.
Clanmore, which means big family in Gaelic, is a truly unique place. I welcome you to visit any time to see for yourself.
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
THE OUR KIDS REPORT: Clanmore Montessori School
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