Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy. She specialised in pediatrics and later obtained psychology degree equivalent.
The Montessori concept allows children to experience the joy of learning at an early age, while promoting the development of independence, concentration and self-discipline, and fostering love and respect for others and the environment.
The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning, and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.
Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on his or her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials may beintroduced to an individual child or to a small or large group.
The multi-age community interaction is intrinsic to Montessori. The Montessori Casa classroom has three age groups within the same class, allowing children to learn from each other. The multi-age grouping in each class provides a family-like setting where learning can take place naturally.
Benefits of multi-age classes:
On top of providing a Montessori learning environment, we have French classes for the different levels (1st, 2nd and 3rd year) which have prepared students for starting Grade 1 at French Immersion level. We also have regular music classes which help engage all the senses!
Outside the classroom we strive to provide a diversity of activities in keeping with the philosophy of learning through play. We are active in our community with monthly visits to the library, and in the winter there are weekly skating trips. We also have a variety of field trips throughout the year.