Posts Tagged ‘preschool’

Upcoming Information Sessions

The Grosse Pointe Academy will hold several information sessions for parents interested in learning about the Academy advantage. Middle School Night will be held on Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. There will be a Lower School Tour on Wednesday, January 26 at 8:45 a.m., and an All-School Open House on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. For parents interested in learning about The Grosse Pointe Academy’s Montessori Early School for ages 2 ½ to Kindergarten, there will be a Montessori Information Night on March 9 at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Robert Evans, Ed.D. to Speak at a Free Parenting Workshop at Grosse Pointe Academy

There is no harder job than being a parent. As the pace of life accelerates, as media influences intensify, and as the future grows less predictable, parents and teachers find it harder to know how to raise competent, caring children, how to resist negative influences in the surrounding culture, and how to help foster strength and resilience.

Robert Evans, Ed.D., this year’s Grosse Pointe Academy McMillan Lecturer, will outline these dilemmas and offer concrete suggestions for successful coping both at home and at school. The lecture is free to the public and will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Tracy Fieldhouse, 171 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms.

A clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA, Dr. Evans has worked with schools and families around the country for thirty-five years. His presentations are known for their lively wit and plain talk. He is the author of many articles and three books, including Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing.

There will be a question-and-answer session and book signing following the presentation. Refreshments will be served. For more information, download a flyer or call 313-886-1221.

The William Charles McMillan III Lecture Series is a gift from Thayer and Gioconda McMillan given in memory of William in the interest of emphasizing the importance of elementary education.

A Q&A with Jennifer Kendall on Montessori Education

Q: What are the benefits of a Montessori education?

A:  Montessori programs offer children an individualized program in a full classroom setting.  The materials are introduced to all of the children by their teacher and the children then self direct themselves to choose work that is of interest to them. Maria Montessori felt that “we should not fill children with facts but rather cultivate their own natural desire to learn.” The classrooms have a Practical Life area, where children develop fine motor skills through a care for their environment, Sensorial area, where children learn color, size, texture, and weight through their work, and academic materials in language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Q: What are the differences between a play-based pre-school and Montessori pre-school?

A:  Children in Montessori classrooms are introduced to different materials throughout their Montessori years.  Each of the materials presented by the teacher has a purpose. As an example, while both play-based and Montessori classrooms have something resembling block objects in the room, a Montessori classroom has the Pink Tower of ten varying shaped block units. The tower is a Montessori material that is used to help develop coordination, set a basis for the number system and increase awareness of dimension.

Q: What are the benefits to having my child in a multi-age classroom?

A:  Maria Montessori believed that younger children would benefit from the community formed with the older children. The multi-age classroom allows younger children to learn from the older students and model their behaviors and allows the older students a chance to reinforce their own knowledge by helping the younger students.

Q: How do I know if my child is ready for school?

A: All children develop and reach milestones at different times. Signs that your child is ready for school include an interest in being independent, a desire to play with other children, and following directions. Around two and a half to three, many children exhibit these characteristics and are ready for school.

Jennifer J. Kendall will present additional information on Montessori education at The Grosse Pointe Academy on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Early School Building on the GPA campus.  The session is free and open to the public.  For more information or to arrange for a tour, call 313-886-1221 x145.