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FAQs & Resources

FAQs

How does early childhood education really affect my young child?

The first six years of life are truly the miracle years. Research shows that it is the time of greatest human development:

  • According to research, children gain seventy-five percent (75%) of their knowledge before the age of three. Development linked to vision, emotional control, language and symbol cognition is complete by age three.
  • Early interactions don’t just create context – they directly affect the way our brain develops.
  • Early experiences have a decisive impact on brain architecture and on the nature and extent of adult capacities.
  • Brain development is non-linear and there are prime times for acquiring different kinds of knowledge and skills. The years from birth to six present a large part of this ‘prime time.’

Non-professional child care is cited to be a possible cause of inadequate development. This is often due time spent in a poorly stimulating curriculum, lack of sufficient social interaction and restrictive or inadequate environments (e.g. basements).

How we care for our children in their earliest years has a lasting impact on their futures. These years are pivotal in the development of a child’s ability to learn to create, communicate, trust, and develop positive self-esteem. Why not give importance to a time in children’s lives which research indicates is most critical for their development? Choose child care that can offer your child the high quality early childhood education and care he/she deserves in these essential learning years.

Montessori-based child care is different from common daycares or play-based centres. Daycares are generally for the purpose of caring for or watching children on an all day basis. Despite a creative daily program that may be followed, most play-based centres may not be able to offer a sufficient level of early childhood education and stimulation required for complete development and preparation for future school years.

The goal of Montessori early childhood education is to offer a distinctly child-centered approach in an exciting and stimulating learning environment where each child can discover and develop his or her unique talents and possibilities. Children are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. It is a special cycle of learning designed to promote comprehensive development during a child’s most significant early years. When equipped with a strong foundation, children gain self-confidence and are well prepared for future learning years inspiring a lifetime of discovery.

What makes Little Scholars Montessori special?

Over the past years, LSM centres have gained the trust of hundreds of parents by providing distinctive child care and early childhood education to our community. Our stellar reputation has resulted in the yearly growth of our centres. It is our carefully designed environments, our distinctive learning materials, and our commitment to promote a love of learning that sets LSM apart from common daycares. At LSM, we do not wish to simply provide child care. We work to develop culturally literate children; nurturing every fragile spark of curiosity, creativity and intelligence. At LSM, we are passionate towards child care. Our team of professionals is committed to ensuring your child gets the best combination of early childhood education and nurturing care he/she deserves during what we feel are the most important years of life.

It is important to ensure that young children obtain a balance of academic learning and social interaction. In young children their academic achievement is their ability to socialize and if one does not learn to develop a healthy self-esteem at an early age it can be difficult to make friends or to socialize positively. When children participate in social activities, they learn new skills and become more self-confident. Learning social skills like cooperation, negotiation and conflict resolutions at a young age will help them interact appropriately with others – a skill valuable in all aspects of life.

Senior CASA FAQs

The decision about what to do for your child when they are close to school-age is a tough choice for many parents. The most important thing you can do as a parent is to gather all the information possible in order to make an informed decision about what is best for you and your child. There are, however, some crucial differences between LSM Senior CASA and public school which we believe are important to consider when making this decision:

To help you with some of your questions, we have put together the following information. If you have any other questions please feel free to discuss them directly with the Director.

Do you offer programming for 4 to 6-year-olds?

Yes. Our children complete the Senior CASA program for direct transition to French or English immersion grade 1. The LSM Senior CASA Program has become renowned in the Ottawa area for close to a decade due to its excellent academic preparation. We offer a full Junior and Senior Senior CASA program in compliance with the Ministry of Education requirements with a curriculum that exceeds what is offered in the school systems.

The school systems offer 2.5 hour morning or afternoon classes. Some schools are have also started to offer the new Full Day sessions for four and five year olds from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a possibility of space in a before and after school program at a moderate cost to parents. However, most schools will not offer this additional early-morning and after-school care leading to the same travelling and scheduling issues involved with a half-day program.

In the public school Full and Half Day Programs, child-to-teacher ratios are unfortunately drastically higher than those agreed upon as best practices for children under 6 years old. Ratios at public school are 1:20 or higher. At LSM we maintain a 1:8 or 1:10 staff-to-child ratio.

  • Seamless days
  • Much better child-to-staff ratios
  • Recognized Program – popular in Barrhaven for close to a decade
  • Academic based curriculum
  • No busing or scheduling issues
  • No need to look for after school programs
  • Tax benefits
  • Nurturing and learning needs all met in one place!
  • The same renowned LSM Quality!

What are the benefits of attending Senior CASA at LSM?

The LSM Senior CASA Program has been carefully designed to provide your child the “readiness” for public school grade 1 and prepare him/her for future school years as per Ministry of Ontario requirements. LSM programs allow children to build on their past experience. When the transfer is made before this point, children actually miss the most important part of the program.

The most important advantage of the LSM Senior CASA Program is our low child-to-staff ratio. This allows your child to obtain proper preparation for future learning years and a solid foundation in all areas of learning. Success starts early and it is important to ensure your child is well prepared for his/her life-time of learning.

Yes. LSM maintains a Curriculum Objectives Document to monitor the progress of all our Senior CASA members. We provide parents quarterly written evaluations with details on your child’s developments in all subject areas, as well as the opportunity for private parent interviews.

Daily communication between parents and staff, home projects and a Monthly Curriculum posted at the centre will ensure that you are always aware of your child’s progress. Our instructors spend a great deal of time with your child in a low ratio setting, really getting to know them and their capabilities. If you have any questions about our program, feel free to contact us.

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What Sets Us Apart

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.

What Sets Us Apart

  • 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.