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What does Montessori mean?

The term "Montessori" refers to an applied method of teaching that began in 1907 in Italy. Named after its founder, Dr. Maria Montessori, this teaching practice focuses on the belief that a child is the centre of their own learning — growing and exposing their true potential through challenging experiences versus teacher-lectured study.

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My child earns Bs and Cs in public school. Will he adapt to an academically challenging private school?
It depends on the school. This is one example of why the right fit is key. A child who was...read more

Public vs Private: Why choose a private school over a very good public school? What are the benefits?
Choosing a school, whether public or private, should be based on your child's and family's needs. Also, if your child...read more

I am interested in IB (International Baccalaureate) schools.
Our Kids Go To School has information about schools that offer the International Baccalaureate degree. You can
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Is there a specific listing of schools in the lower mainland that are focused on learning disabilities?
There are many schools available in most areas of British Columbia (indeed all of Canada). You can find a...read more

How is a Waldorf school different from other private schools, regarding discipline and strong guidance.
Waldorf education, created by Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolf Steiner in 1919, is often described as education for "the head,...read more

I suppose you wont mind to share your experiences with ADHD students?
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Are there any ADHD-recommended special schools?

Sending a child with ADHD to a school that understands their learning methods can mean the difference between success and...read more

How do I determine the schools accreditation, and will my sons credits/diploma be recognized?

My name is Paula. My son is in grade 4 at Thor College in Cookstown-ON. They are registered with the Ontario ministry as elementary/secondary, academic, broad-based curriculum. I just found out that they offer no credits towards Ontario secondary school diploma by the ministry of education. How does this affect my child's future towards his diploma and applying for universities or college. They are not a member of any association, but the teachers are in good standing.

Parents who send their children to independent schools, elementary or secondary, should be savvy consumers and determine whether the...read more

Looking for alternative school that incorportate learning outside the classroom - examples cooking, nature, art, etc
Regarding alternative schools, you may be interested in learning about Waldorf schools here: http://www.ourkids.net/waldorf-schools.php and additional types of schools here:...read more

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