Our curriculum

A Montessori classroom is composed of 3 characteristics which are inter-related

  • the prepared environment
  • the teacher
  • the child

The prepared environment consists of didactic materials which are available to the child.

The materials are divided into 5 areas:

Practical life

comprised of materials that assist in the development of fine and gross motor skills. These materials reproduce the daily household tasks which children love to participate in such as washing, sweeping, mopping, stirring, etc.

Sensorial

composed of didactic materials, which are self correcting, used to develop the 5 senses, contributing equally to developing the fine motor skills. Some examples are: colour tablets to develop colour sense and sight, thermic bottles to enhance touch through matching temperatures of water, sound boxes to develop the auditory sense.

Language

comprised of materials to develop oral language and pre-language skills to prepare for reading and writing. Examples are: cards to enrich the vocabulary, metal insets to assist in the ability to hold a pencil, sandpaper letters to learn the sounds and the letter names.

Mathematics

comprised of concrete material, self-correcting and hands on materials, to help further develop the concept of abstract numbers, their symbols and the operations. Some examples are: number rods for numbers 1 to 10 (quantity only), Seguin boards for numbers 11 to 99 (quantity and symbols), introduction to the decimal system (units, tens, hundreds and thousands).

Culture

composed of self-correcting materials offering many concrete experiences in botany, science, and geography. Some examples are: the botany cabinet allowing the children to understand shapes and names of leaves by the 14 wooden leaf forms and their corresponding cards, puzzle word map offering the child the approach to learn the continents of the world.

Our program includes specialists in art appreciation, music, physical education (Tête aux Pieds) and computer (Superkids). Optional courses that are offered are creative dance (Arabesques) and science (Science Frontiers).