Winnie is an Early Childhood Educator specializing in the Montessori pedagogy (Mo.Ed, birth to age 3) and a Child & Youth Development Strategist (Child and Youth Care Studies , Behavioural Science).
Valuing her interdisciplinary roots in psychology, sociology and cultural studies, Winnie is a parent education fellow and possesses
a decade of experience in facilitating and implementing various educational and developmental programs, with children, adolescents and youth. Through her extensive experience and education,
Winnie was able to craft Raising Wonders’ speciality programs, which are designed to facilitate language, sensorial, practical life learning, and cognitive development in children aged 0-6.
Maria Montessori believed in generational wellness by linking education to peace through the idea that supporting children creates better adults, who will in turn be better to their children (and so on and so forth). At the root of her method, she believed that each child would reach their full potential if the adults in their lives had the proper tools to understand and honour their development.
These ideas are what Winnie’s aspirations for Raising Wonders rests on; the foundational truth that in a child’s development there are two options: support them wholly, or contribute to the hurdles in their journey. Connecting deeply with these principles, Winnie believes that in the modern world we have the capability to create environments that are adaptable and conducive to a child’s life-long success.
My first time in a Montessori classroom, I became enamoured by every single detail. The space managed to capture every single personality within it and provided learning opportunities for all who stepped into it and following the visit, I was overwhelmed by feelings of melancholy.
I couldn’t understand it then but I’ve come to realize that I had stepped into a period of mourning of who I could’ve become had the various spaces in my childhood honoured me. Those co-existing feelings made way for the eventual birth of this work.
We have the unique opportunity to reduce the scarcity of these spaces and grant families the access to true generational health.
During our first meeting, it is common for parents to share a similar sentiment about evaluating their role in their child’s development; the experience of feeling lost, uncertain, and overwhelmed is a significant weight on their shoulders. Our approach is centered around compassion, reassurance, and education— and most importantly, removing judgement as a barrier. In doing this parents are afforded the opportunity to explore their relationship with their child, while at the same time defining their identity as a parent.