Events of the Month
February 1st: Parent association meeting
February 2nd: Re-enrollment sent home
February 5th: Protective behaviours | 5 week program
February 14th: Valentine Lunch
February 15th from 4pm to 5pm: Infant toddler Movie Night
February 19th: NO SCHOOL | Family Day
February 23rd: Languages Breakfast and Tax Receipts go home
February 26th - March 2nd: Work Week
Protective Behaviour Course
Protective behaviours is a 5 week course that introduces your child on how to recognize the emotional signals their body sends to them and how to help themselves to find safety in any situation. The children will discuss what to do in the event they are separated from their parent, caregiver or school group, teach them what to do if they are approached by a stranger, and how to listen to their gut instincts and seek out help from those they trust.
The key motto of the program is “Everyone has the right to feel safe all of the time.” We ask that you listen to your child if they choose to speak with you about this program, and to respect their wishes if they choose not to. Ways that you can help at home is with books or pictures that discuss or lend themselves to discussion regarding emotions such as: happy, sad, angry, surprised, or scared. Let your child tell you what different facial expressions imply and what emotion is associated with that expression. Ask them how it makes them feel when something good / bad happens to them, and ask them where on their body they feel it (i.e.: heart fluttery, hands sweaty, and teeth clenched when scared). Here at Kaban, we are passionate about children and are pleased to be a part of this program, together we can increase your child’s independence and safety at the same time in a comfortable manner.
Valentine’s Day isn’t all about romantic love. It’s about friendship. It’s about the love we share with those around us. It’s about teaching children to care about those around them.
As a Montessori guide, we request that there be only handmade cards. It is a great way to see the creativity of the children. Some are elaborate ones that must have taken hours to make. Others are maybe not so involved, but the sentiment remains. Please keep in mind that Kaban has a no candy or chocolate policy. And you know what? The children appreciate the hand made cards, as much as if it were sweets because, after all, it’s the thought that counts.
How a Child Benefits From Being Multilingual
Most children have the capacity and facility to learn more than one language. Over the last decade we have learned a lot more about the advantages of growing up multilingual. Indeed, at Kaban Montessori School we believe that promoting multilingualism is one of the best things we can do for a child. Here’s why:
1. There is evidence that learning a second language early in life confers other advantages for brain development:
• More cognitive firepower is devoted to language
• A better ability to deal with distractions
• Easier to learn a 3rd language
• Improved memory
• More creative use of language
• A multilingual brain is nimbler, quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, and resolve conflicts
2. Knowing a second language will be a huge advantage in competing for and succeeding in jobs.
3. Knowing a second language provides a more complex understanding of other countries and cultures.
There is a zero potential downside to being multilingual. The myths that multilingualism can confuse children or cause language delays are wrong. Children can learn that each language they know serves a different purpose in their lives. To conclude, the potential of a multilingual child depends on that child’s multilingual environment, which is compromised of the languages spoken by his/her parents, the languages of extended family and culture, the language of his/her community, and the languages he/she hears and uses in school.
During Work week we are celebrating the "International Montessori Education week” as a reminder of the benefits of the Montessori method of education. The Montessori pedagogy, created by Dr. Maria Montessori, 111 years ago has successfully been used in countries across the world and still remains as vital and relevant today as it was at its inception.