Trudi Barrett - Montessori Educator

KINDERGARTEN PHILOSOPHY

I am an experienced Montessori teacher (Toronto Montessori Institute) with a music major (U.W.O.) and am a mother of two teens. My goal is for your child to feel welcome in my home classrooom and feel free to express him or herself, while at the same time learning to self-regulate and belong to a social group of peers. I will strive to understand your child, to meet his/her emotional, cognitive and physical needs and to provide a challenging and fun 'first school' experience. 

All children I've worked with love to learn. My job is to build up and strengthen that love and confidence so it lasts, preparing him or her for grade one and beyond. I hope, above all else, to develop a strong relationship with your child, as I believe positive, loving relationships to be of the utmost importance in a young person's life. As the parent/guardian, you can easily stay connected with your child's day at school as I use the free app, ClassDojo, to communicate photos and comments.

TUTORING PHILOSOPHY

In my experience, optimal results can be achieved when the child, you (parents/guardians), and I work closely to ensure a common objective. I strive to make learning interesting and fun, to keep your child motivated.  A focus on learning strategies, problem solving, and self awareness of strengths and needs helps to encourage your child's ability to learn independently and advocate for him or herself away from the lesson.  I emphasize the need for practice, not to 'make it perfect', but to make it EASY! I always take the time to communicate with you, either in person or through email or texts, to keep you informed of  your child's progress and answer any questions you may have.

PLEASE READ My Article 'Reading With Your Child - On the Path to Literacy'

TRUDI BARRETT BA (Music), MONTESSORI DIPLOMAS (Casa & Elementary) (TMI)

  • Toronto Montessori Institute 1997 - Montessori Casa (ages 2.5-6) & Elementary (ages 6-12) Diplomas
  • University of Western Ontario 1995 - Bachelor of Arts - Music Major
  • taught for 2 years in a private Montessori school - 1 year of Casa Level & 1 year grades 1, 2 & 3
  • stay-at-home/work-at-home mum since 1999, to nurture my two boys, during which time I have provided home childcare, preschool/kindergarten & tutoring services

Note: References and police check available on request.

Philosophy Of Respect

"The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment."
~ Maria Montessori ~

"The child is truly a miraculous being and this should be felt deeply by the educator."
~ Maria Montessori ~

"Allowing the child to observe, to explore and to follow his normal interests is a form of respect towards the child."
~ Maria Montessori ~

"We all have ability. The difference is how we use it."
~ Stevie Wonder ~

Check out my YouTube channel for kids, Miss Trudi’s Bookshelf! I read favourite children’s books without distracting background music.

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