How we see Fredericton Montessori Academy
Fredericton Montessori Academy (FMA) provides a stimulating and nurturing environment for kids from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 7. FMA offers a Montessori curriculum that involves learning through investigation and discovery. Since not all kids learn the same way or at the same pace, it has a flexible curriculum tailored to kids’ learning needs and interests. The school offers acceleration and enrichment in a variety of subjects including French and Spanish, music, theatre, and the performing arts. Physical education at FMA focuses on fitness and cooperation rather than competition. Consistent with the Montessori approach, kids have lots of freedom to explore and pursue their natural curiosity and interests, which often leads to happy and engaged learners who excel academically.
How Fredericton Montessori Academy sees itself
"Welcome to Fredericton Montessori Academy. We are currently an applicant school with the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) and will soon be the only accredited Montessori school in Atlantic Canada. We currently offer programming to students age 3-15 in an authentic Montessori setting."
"Our multi-age classrooms allow children to work at their own pace to ensure their full potential while instilling a love of learning and independence. We are conscious to include all family cultures, beliefs and orientations and promote great respect for all differences."
"Our belief is that you not only onboard a child, but the whole family. It is essential that children feel honoured, respected and safe in our school as an extension of their home. Our open door policy allows parents to communicate with teachers and administrators regularly."
"Our school community is very strong and we approach ideas together. We communicate exceptionally well with our families through face-to-face interactions, newsletters, emails, etc."
"Our school works tirelessly and year-round to provide the absolute best environments and opportunities for our children, families and staff."
"Since 2017, we have grown our school from 11 to 100 students. We have received a phenomenal response from our parents, other schools and the public about our academic curriculum and student development."
How people from the school’s community see Fredericton Montessori Academy
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
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