The Montessori method is part of our program and curriculum for Pre-school class. Children are guided through their daily experiences set up by our dedicated and experienced teacher. They develop curiosity, independence and a love of learning that will stay along their life.
The Pre-school program mixes children ages 2 ½ through 5 ½ yrs. Because the learning is individualised, your child can work at his/her own pace. In a mixed age classroom community, younger children benefit from example, and learn from older children, and older children gain self-confidence that comes with responsibility and leadership.
The classroom is designed to include the full range of manipulative materials which foster the development of linguistic, cognitive and motor skills.
Through daily experiences in these multi-age classes a child builds character: a sense of self as a unique and separate individual as well as a member of a family, a community, and a culture. Montessori classrooms provide an atmosphere that is pleasant and attractive to allow children to learn at their own pace and interact with others in a natural and peaceful environment.
Lessons are given in English and children will receive French lessons on a daily basis.
The Pre-school program is available five days a week for morning’s half-day, or full-day
Research has proven that children from birth to 6 have an extraordinary power: they absorb information like sponges. Maria Montessori described this period as “the absorbent mind”. Thus, great care has been taken to create a learning environment that will reinforce the child’s independence and natural urge toward self-development. This is achieved in three ways: beauty, order and accessibility. The teacher provides children experiences and opportunities (practical life exercises and sensorial material), that provide knowledge and also develop tools needed to navigate and organize thinking, collaboration with friends and adults and experience meaningful ways to ask questions to gain knowledge throughout their lifetime.
Young children are attracted to activities that give them independence and control of their own lives.
The purpose of these exercises is to develop concentration and attention to detail as they follow a regular sequence of actions, finishing each task and putting away all materials before going on to another activity. Another important need for young children is to develop muscles and co-ordinate movements through practical life exercises such as sweeping, polishing, carrying water, pouring, and washing a table. These activities provide the very foundation on which children approach, at a later time, more academic exercises
Based on this recognition, she developed a prepared environment carefully designed to support the young child’s “absorbent mind” and to assist their complete development.