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Montessori
Nutrition
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Children’s Yoga
Music, Movement, and Dance

The Montessori Method

The aim of the Montessori method is to develop the whole child.

The Montessori method encourages independence, freedom within limits and responsibility. It also allows for the child to grow independently. A 2006 study published in the, “Journal of Science” concluded that Montessori students performed better than their standard public school counterparts in a variety of areas, including not only traditional academic areas, but in social skills as well. The authors concluded that, “Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools.”

Montessori children are adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they have been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make choices and manage their time well. They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others. Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs help children develop good self images and the confidence to face lifes challenges.

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Nutrition

When you have more than you need, build a bigger table.

Saying we are proud of our meal plan is a huge understatement. It took many years of hard work to get where it is today. We saw such a huge difference in our own children’s lives when we started eating healthier, which is why we knew we needed to do the same for your children.

For breakfast, you will see your child eating scratch made protein pancakes with unbleached organic flour, organic pea protein, and pure Canadian maple syrup. Parfaits will be served with organic Greek yogurt, organic/pesticide free berries, and organic granola. They will have scrambled free range eggs with home made bread and freshly cut fruit. They will eat scratch made cinnamon raisin bread and berry blast muffins.

Our freezer is loaded with grass fed beef and free range chicken which we serve for lunch. In the summer and fall months, we’ll even serve our harvest that the children helped grow out of our own gardens. You would be amazed at how many veggies you can hide in a pasta sauce. There will be an abundance of root vegetables served all year round. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables when they are in season, and frozen organic or pesticide free when they are not. We will eat roasted chicken, meat loaf, and mashed potatoes, chili with fresh garlic buns, sweet potato shepherd’s pie and charcuterie boards. Mondays are always meatless. We have just about every kind of milk available to serve with lunch, and of course filtered water.

It doesn’t end there. For afternoon snack, the kids will get apple crisp, chocolate avocado brownies, homemade hummus and carrot cranberry muffins. Again, everything is scratch made by our in house chefs, who work tirelessly to ensure your children are always served the best choice ingredients possible.

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Forest School

Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.

Imagine yourself as a young child, getting picked up in a big yellow bus for the first time.  After a short ride, you are dropped off  not at a building, but in the middle of a forest.  You see no playground, just trees, pathways, and meadows.  A smiling teacher greets you and invites you to sit around a fire.  You enjoy your morning snack of freshly baked bread, crisp vegetables, and sliced fruit.  You wash it down with some tea as you hear the wind and the morning birds sing.  Soon, you are completely immersed with nature.  You are playing with sticks, climbing trees, and yes, even throwing rocks.  You walk the beach, splash in the puddles, and swing from ropes.  You will dig holes with shovels, cut through branches with a hand saw,  and use a vintage hand drill to make tree cookie medallions.  You walk over bridges as you spot bathing turtles, and you even climb up to the top of The Hawk Tower!

This is just a typical Monday at Bright Child.  Every Monday for an eight week block in the fall, and another eight week block in the spring, children aged 3 and up will be invited rain or shine to explore the forests of Holiday Beach and Camp Bryerswood.  We meet the staff of Natural Pathways Forest & Nature School on location and are led on a exploration of both the forest and ourselves.  At the end of the morning, we find a quiet sit spot to reflect, and then gather back around in a circle.   We pass around the talking stick and share our favourite parts of the morning.  We pack up and return to Bright Child just in time for lunch, ready and excited to do it all again the following week.

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Children’s Yoga

The light in me sees the light in you.

One of our goals at Bright Child is to bring people closer together in body, mind, and spirit. An excellent way to accomplish this is through children’s yoga. Yoga is all about connection; connecting to yourself, to the world and to the people around you. We are social animals and we crave connection. We want to feel that we belong. We want to touch, to share, to give and receive love. This is what our weekly yoga classes are all about. They are communal, interactive, and fun.

We will celebrate life and bring our students together! The young yogis will expand to connect and dance with everything around them. They will have to work together to complete challenging poses. You will see running, excitement, and loud roars, and then you will see deep breathing, stillness, and the quieting of the mind.

Our yoga practice will challenge the young yogi to explore and move freely through different emotions.
We will learn how to deal with stress and sadness, and we will learn how to have empathy for others. We will be left with a smile on our faces, a wealth of knowledge, and an ignited spirit to spread the love and joy of yoga.

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Music, Movement, and Dance

When your body surrenders to movement, your soul remembers the dance.

The benefits of music are truly transformational. When paired with movement, dance, and instrument play, it creates neurological magic, lighting up a child’s brain and positively impacting all areas of development. Children will experience music of varying styles, genres, and cultures. They will interact with other classmates and engage in movement, rhythm, and vocal activities that develop far more than just music skills.

We will use balance beams, scarves, and parachutes. We will use shakers, rhythm sticks, and hand built drums.  We will incorporate french lessons, and teach the beginnings of ballet. Our Kindergarten class will step it up a notch and learn the basics on the recorder. We will learn the notes  “B”, “A”, and “G” and finish the year off with a performance of Hot Cross Buns at their graduation ceremony.

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What Other People Are Saying About Our School

I can confidently say that enrolling our kids into Bright Child is one of the best decisions we’ve made for them! The teachers in every room are absolutely amazing, always welcoming when we come into the school and make us feel right at home. I’m always so happy to see the healthy meals they are eating every day. We get daily picture updates which just make our day at work so much better! We decided to enroll our oldest daughter into JK here in the fall, couldn’t imagine taking her out yet, the things they learn are unbelievable. Both girls have advanced so much from their learning at this school. Bright Child staff, teachers and owners put SO much care into everything they do, I would absolutely recommend them to anyone who wants their children to have an outstanding experience!

Jaclyn Blackburn, Bright Child Parent

Bright Child Montessori puts your mind at ease by creating a nurturing and challenging learning environment with a dedicated teaching staff. We have been so impressed with how the Montessori teaching methods have enhanced our child’s interests while exposing him to a variety of fundamental life skills.  We would wholeheartedly recommend Bright Child Montessori to any parent looking for a superior educational experience for their child.

Brooke & Bryon Meloche, Bright Child Parents

We feel so blessed to have our daughter start her earliest experiences growing, learning, and exploring at Bright Child Montessori. It is never easy to drop your children off in someone else’s care, but we have been confident since day one in our decision. The staff at BC is knowledgeable and passionate. They work so incredibly hard and I truly respect each and every one of them for the time and effort they have put forward to making Juliet’s experience so wonderful. We have witnessed so much empathy and love towards our daughter from the staff, and the time and effort in giving her, and all the children, an enriched experience each and every day is so heart warming. We are also extremely satisfied with the cleanliness and amenities at the school, the incredible healthy and diverse daily menu, and the specialty programs like yoga, dance, and outdoor activities that make her so excited, and a little less sad (parting from us) each morning. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who values education, equity, and imagination for their child.

Jennifer Fatallah, Bright Child Parent

Every day, I look forward to the photo updates of what Finlay is doing at school. I truly appreciate the time it takes to keep all parents informed. It speaks to how dedicated the staff at Bright Child Montessori are.
– Jeff Meloche

Finlay loved Forest School! And I appreciate that he has the opportunity to learn mindfulness and meditation, through yoga every Friday.
– Janice Meloche

Jeff and Janice Meloche, Bright Child Parents

My wife and I have two children enrolled in this school. The peace of mind we get knowing that they are well taken care of by teachers and staff that really care about their well being is worth every penny. The kids really love going to school.

Dan Knuckle, Father of David and Audrey Anne

I will never forget the first day we visited Bright Child Montessori. The moment we walked in, we were instantly greeted by the staff who made us feel so very comfortable. As a new Mother, I was anxious to leave our daughter in the care of others.. however within the first day we knew that our Reese was so well taken care of! The teachers, staff, chef, and the owners John and Melissa are beyond amazing! They have created such a nurturing environment for our children to learn and grow, and the organic menu is incredible! Bright child feels like an extension to our family, and I am so grateful to have them apart of our lives!

Jessie and Jeff Schwab, Bright Child Parents

Thank you for everything you have done for us since working at Bright Child.  You have helped shape our careers and we wouldn’t be where we are now if it was not with the help of both of you! We really appreciate your love and support!

Jenna Huneault and Rebekah French, Bright Child Teachers

Bright Child provides a caring, thoughtfully prepared learning environment that has encouraged our son to learn and grow socially, cognitively, physically and emotionally. The holistic approach to meals prepared and served, and programs offered, from music, art, yoga to Forest School, have been key to my son’s development into the confident, independent little boy he has become.

Kate & BJ Laub, Bright Child Parents

I wouldn’t send my kids anywhere else!! The teachers are all amazing and always welcoming!! My daughters talk about their teachers all the time! A huge thing for me was the healthy food that the kids eat! This is a big thing in my family and we teach our kids to eat healthy. So it’s nice to know that it is being carried on at school! I have also never seen a school so clean as well!! Every time I pick up my kids there is always someone cleaning. At the end of the day my kids are getting the best care and I recommend to all my friends to look here when deciding where to enroll their kids!! The bar is set VERY HIGH!!!!!

Carly and Dean Fantin, Bright Child Parents

My wife and I can’t say enough great things about Bright Child and their staff. Our children love their teachers,  class activities, new friends,  the great food options and they love looking back through all the photos and videos on our phones captured by staff daily, even after they graduate. My wife and I, along with the family members set up on the HiMama app praise the organization of the school with Bright Child providing us with meal information,  bathroom break info during potty training and activity overview. We value the timeless photos and videos and day by day updates. Thank you Bright Child staff, for all you do.

Brady Thrasher, Bright Child Parent

Beyond grateful to have such a well run school where we can send our kids. The teachers are so engaged and so capable, they know and love our children; the food is healthful; the programming is creative; the result is well adjusted kids learning far more than I would ever think to impart. Bright child is an extension of our home 🙂

Megan Mailloux, Bright Child Parent

Bright Child is an amazing Montessori school. Our youngest is currently in the Casa 1 class and our oldest is in senior kindergarten at Bright Child. The teachers are calm and caring and truly provide individualized attention to each child. We love that the school emphasizes the importance of outdoor time (in all weather) and teaches respect for nature. Forest School is an excellent addition to the program! The meals and snacks provided to the children are incredible – varied, healthy, and locally sourced when possible. Our girls absolutely love the music classes and doing yoga. As a parent, I love that the Montessori method emphasizes independence – it is incredible to watch your child’s confidence increase as they master a new skill!

Sarah and Kory Renaud, Bright Child Parents

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236 Cherrylawn Crescent Amherstburg, Ontario

Phone: 519.736.4022

Web: www.brightchild.ca