Montessori is a teaching philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori method dictates that, by treating children with the same respect afforded to adults and allowing them to make their own learning choices, we can empower them to become independent, self-aware and kind adults.
Our Montessori environment encourages children to learn through experience and collaborate with peers. Rather than depending on a preset academic schedule, we inspire children to take a self-directed approach to their own education with guidance from our directresses. Through our Montessori program, we can help change a child’s first response from “help me” to “help me help myself.”
The Toddler Program is designed to spark a desire to learn in young children. By providing a safe and supportive environment in which to make their own discoveries, we give toddlers the space to explore their senses and develop their own sense of self. Our nurturing staff help children learn how to care for themselves, their environment and those around them.
In addition to exposing children to French, music, yoga and more, the Toddler Program also acts as an important stepping stone to the CASA program.
The CASA Program helps children grasp the building blocks for their future education in an environment designed to foster all areas of early development; intellectual, physical, emotional and social. Our bright classrooms are specifically designed to offer space for movement, individual work, teamwork and group activities. The meticulously designed and maintained environments are a cornerstone of our program.
The CASA program allows children to learn by observing, questioning and exploring the distinctive Montessori areas through a combination of songs, exercises and games. Using our didactic materials, your child learns to think in terms of concepts, developing critical thinking skills.
Although we do not offer any programming specifically directed to infants, we do allow some children under 18 months of age to participate in our Toddler Program, as long as they showcase a certain level of developmental maturity such as walking on their own. Please contact us for more information.
This area is essential, particularly for toddlers. Practical life uses basic exercises like pouring, spooning and folding to help children develop their hand-eye coordination and balance. Our focus on everyday skills extends to social skills and an innate sense of personal responsibility.
Daily meals allow children to practice table manners and conversation skills, while opportunities to help with food preparation or wiping up spills assist in developing self-reliance and personal responsibility. The Practical Life area of Montessori offers real-life learning experiences in a safe and structured atmosphere, promoting gross motor activities, three-finger grasp, concentration, inner-discipline and self-care.
Sensorial activities encourage children to use their senses to explore the world around them. We’ve incorporated patterns, textures, colour and other sensory elements to stimulate and satisfy your child’s senses. Our didactic materials give children the opportunity to discern the differences and similarities between a variety of elements, allowing them to trust and refine their senses as they progress.
Children choose the learning materials that appeal most to them based on their age and experience level. Through the sensorial area of Montessori, children start to develop a general understanding of orders and sequences, which provide a framework for future study in math and science.
The language area of Montessori goes beyond simply reading, writing and speaking. We help impart the importance of communication to children, giving them the skills they need to listen to others and express their own ideas with clarity and confidence. Language development includes speaking, development of vocabulary, expression of thoughts, recognition of letters, discrimination of shapes, sequencing and eye tracking skills that are necessary for reading. We also prepare children for writing by helping them develop the appropriate grip and pressure they’ll need when using a pencil.
We introduce children to counting and basic mathematical concepts through songs, finger plays and games. Even daily activities like setting the table for lunch helps familiarize children with the ideas of numbers and quantity. As children progress to the CASA program, they discover didactic materials designed to increase their understanding of more complex functions. Our math area is designed to be number rich; covering all primary concepts of mathematics by using inviting apparatuses. Once we’ve introduced a variety of basic concepts, we start integrating exercises that help your child develop a more comprehensive understanding of how mathematical concepts combine.
A general understanding and appreciation of science fuels a child’s desire to learn about and experience the world firsthand. Projects, activities and even field trips allow children to discover a variety of science-themed topics throughout the year. Our curriculum places a particular focus on botany materials and geography. Our dedicated geography area features globes, landforms, computer programs and other materials to help children understand that everyone is connected to each other through the earth.
Music and art provide children with insight into human cultures and the importance of human expression. LSM provides a wide array of self-choice art, dramatic performance and group art projects to enhance your child’s creativity. Children regularly enjoy musical instruments from around the world along with daily music and movement activities.
Our curriculum is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori method centers on self-directed activity, collaborative play and individual development. By presenting children with the power of choice, we help instil in them a strong sense of self, a desire to learn and a natural self-discipline.
Our early childhood educators are committed to implementing our Montessori curriculum in a supportive and positive environment, nurturing a lifelong love of learning. With a strong foundation of education and experience, our staff help foster each child’s individuality and create a home-away-from-home experience.
We firmly believe in open, two-way communication between parents and our centres. In addition to quarterly newsletters, open houses, monthly observation summaries, parent evenings and our open-door policy for parents, we also offer our proprietary app, BrightPath Connect™, to help keep you up-to-date on your child’s progress.
Your child’s brain and body need fuel to learn and grow. We have partnered with a Registered Nutritionist to create a menu that helps establish healthy eating habits in your child and allows them to thrive. Every day, your child receives two snacks and a hot lunch, all prepared in-house from fresh ingredients.