Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was the first female physician in Italy. She specialised in pediatrics and later obtained psychology degree equivalent.

Montessori obsverved:

  • Children had periods of deep concentration
  • Multiple repetitions of the same activity
  • Sensitivity to order in the environment
  • Free choice led to choosing practical activities rather than toys
  • Unmotivated by sweets/rewards
  • Emergence of spontaneous self discipline

The Montessori Approach

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 working at their own pace in a Montessori Classroom

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.

Multi-Age class

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.

Children's age range in a Montessori Classroom

Benefits of multi-age classes:

  • The more experienced children share what they have learned, reinforcing their own knowledge and skills. This encourages rich language experiences, and opportunities for the development of empathy and social learning.
  • Children are able to work at their own pace. Teachers are free to spend more time in certain areas with a student if needed, allowing others to move forward at their own pace.
  • Teaching to the individual as opposed to the group allows for more flexibility.
  • Younger children are able to shadow others and absorb what the older ones are doing, and the older children become role models and gain self-esteem.
  • Conflict resolution skills and empathy develop as a result.
  • These interactions over the three year span develop strong sense of community, love of learning and self-confidence.

 

French and Music

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!

One-on-one, child and French teacher

Learning Through Play

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.

One-on-one, child and teacher