How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible, until they have been actually effected?
Pliny the Elder
As we head into the summer months that may finally look much more familiar to us, we take comfort in the hope that things that once seemed impossible will actually become possible again. There is a path to returning to our versions of ‘normal’ that may not be as fast and direct as we had hoped for, but we are all looking forward to enjoying, even celebrating, things that we have not been able to do for a long time. Getting together with loved ones, sharing meals with friends, traveling and exploring, and even heading back to school and the office.
How we look back on the uncertain times that we collectively shared will differ, but we hope that the lessons learned are universal. Perseverance and the belief that time will bring the necessary changes that are needed. We want to apply this not only to our own lives, but those of everyone we share this planet with.
Sandra Bosnar-Dale & Isabelle Kunicki Co-Founders & Directors of The Clover School
The recent news of the discovery of the mass grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School has saddened us deeply. As a community whose love for children motivates us to do what we do, we continue to struggle to reconcile the terrible truth of how Indigenous children have been treated by Canada.
We want to honour the lives of not only these 215 children, but also the legacy of all Indigenous children and families who have been so horribly wronged. One way we are doing this is by donating to the Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS), whose mission is to provide physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual growth, development, and healing through culturally-based values and guiding principles for Survivors, Families, and Communities.
While we are still waiting and watching to see what our new daily routines will look like, there may still be a need to have physical distancing protocols in place. And even though these super fun videos are being shared as 7 Great Video Options to Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) While Social Distancing, they are also great rainy day options! From a virtual art class to celebrity story time, there are some great videos here that the whole family will enjoy!
This city seems to go from winter right into the hot and hazy days of summer, with only a slight nod to spring along the way! If you and your children need to cool off after a long and sticky day, Toronto’s splash and spray pads are open and ready to help. The city keeps an active list of which ones are open and there is a map option to help if you are new to the city. Have fun and stay cool at the same time!
If you were wondering what makes our Primary Program so popular, you won’t want to miss this morning’s virtual Primary Program Open House!
With a carefully sequenced and mastery-based curriculum, children 3-to-6-years of age in our Primary (Casa) Program are taken through a sensorial learning experience that helps set a solid foundational core in subjects like reading, writing, and mathematics. Their imaginations and innate curiosity are fuelled through deeply engaging curriculum in the areas of science, history, geography, art, music, and French.
Join us this morning at 9:30AM EST for a virtual Primary Program Open House that focuses on this wonderful program that is the heart and soul of Montessori. We look forward to seeing you soon!
As we move forward into the world that is slowly reopening with busier spaces to navigate, we know that it is vital that everyone, including children, takes a few moments every day to focus on bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. This New York Times article by David Gelles on Mindfulness for Children is an excellent source of tips and activities for toddlers to teens.