Our Montessori programme begins for the Toddler Community for infants and toddlers who are walking well until they are around 2½ years old. A Montessori programme for children aged 0 to 6 years old should feel like a second home, a place where the children experience all aspects of daily life.
The environment is specially prepared with real materials (small versions of adult materials) and allows each child to participate in the daily activities. Everything in the environment is beautiful, clean, and in good repair. The children are taught to use the materials with respect. The furniture is sized to suit the proportions of the children's bodies and is easy for them to move about.
The Toddler curriculum consists mainly of 5 areas:
The Casa programme for children ages 2.5 to 6 is designed to give children an understanding and appreciation of the world around them. The areas of history, art, science, geography, biology, music and French are integrated into the classroom as part of the daily programme. These subjects are introduced through concrete materials, language lessons, songs, and stories.
The Casa curriculum consists mainly of 4 areas:
1. Practical Life
Practical Life activities encourage within each child: care of the person and the environment, grace and courtesy, and control of movement. All of these exercises help a child to acquire a sense of order, independence, self-control, and intellectual concentration essential for later learning.
As a child learns to adapt to his own environment, his sense of self-confidence and independence increases. Sensorial exercises help the child clarify and classify past and continuing impressions gathered from his environment. The sensorial material is sequential, requiring the child to match or grade different shapes, colours, sounds, tastes, weights and textures.
The Language programme focuses on three aspects of language development: self-confidence, enrichment of vocabulary, and expression.
Numerous vocabulary exercises increase the child's word power and ability to communicate. Reading skills are first acquired by concentrating on the phonetic decoding of words, and opportunities are provided for verbal and written self-expression.
The entire Language programme is continuously woven into the life and work of the whole environment. In a similar fashion, French as a second language becomes a living language when the children hear it spoken throughout the environment during the day by the classroom assistant.
A child understands abstract mathematical concepts by first working in a concrete, manipulative manner. As children work with the Montessori mathematical apparati, they build a firm foundation in mathematics.
The Elementary Montessori curriculum for children 6–12 is highly enriched, challenging, and continues to build on the experiences gained in the Casa programme.
The classroom environment reflects the needs of the child who is becoming increasingly social, as well as increasingly curious about the world around her or him. The imagination and sense of wonder is stimulated, and the students are encouraged to pursue their own avenues of interest as their curiosity is aroused.
The Elementary programme allows the student to gain a mastery of fundamental skills while cultivating within the student a “cosmic” perspective of the Earth and of humanity's place within the universe. As such, the areas of study include mathematics, language (English and French), history, geography, music, art, physical education, botany, and zoology.
Elementary children work collaboratively in a research based approach to learning. The children discover the world around them and show a desire of becoming contributing members of society. By providing a key into the universe, children at this stage of development are able to deepen their knowledge and engage the intellect while fostering a sense of connection to all humanity.
The summer child care programme is offered for the Toddler Community and Casa children and continues in the same respective formats as is given throughout the academic year.
For the Elementary summer programme, the children in scheduling the daily and weekly events and activities. There are trips to the library, grocery store, playground, pool and off site facilities which fulfill the interest of the children. There is a focus on learning different games emphasizing skills and strategies.
The summer weather permits more outdoor activities, which are incorporated into each programme with the same attention given to independence, order, concentration, and purpose as those activities carried on indoors.
Extended Care Hours are from 7:30 am –8:45 am and 3:45 pm –6:00 pm. Parents can register their children in before school care or after school care or both depending on their family needs.
We have the use of a large 3-tier garden, a parking lot, a gymnasium and adjoining parlour for quiet activities. The children enjoy activities such as building manipulatives, puzzles, books, constructive games and art. Our extended child care program also includes a healthy snack.