Our Montessori curriculum is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Centred on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play, the Montessori method develops independent thinking, motivation, persistence and discipline by allowing children to respond to their natural drive to work and learn.
Our dedicated and passionate early childhood educators deliver an innovative, engaging and proven curriculum that ignites a love of learning and inspires and encourages individuality in every Manotick child. Their nurturing and attentive approach offers each child a home-away-from-home experience.
Two-way communication is important. Monthly newsletters, report cards, parent interviews, open houses and our proprietary app (BrightPath Connect™) are designed to increase the interaction between our centres and families.
Children need nutrition to grow in both mind and body. Believing that food choices throughout childhood fuel life long eating habits, our menu is crafted by a Registered Nutritionist, is prepared in-house daily and reflects those beliefs.
Manotick Montessori is much different than the traditional school model. Directresses are trained to support the children as they learn through their interactions with a carefully prepared and maintained learning environment. The classrooms are arranged according to subject areas (practical life, sensorial, cultural, language and math). Traditional Montessori materials are used throughout the day and are made of natural materials (wood, metal, glass) and encourage the child to focus on one skill or concept at a time. Before the age of six, a child learns through all of their senses from direct contact with the environment around them. Because all the materials in a Montessori classroom are manipulative, children learn in a very “hands-on” concrete way before being expected to learn abstractly. Children are free to move around the room and choose the work that they wish to do; in this way children learn at their own pace and are not pushed ahead or held back to fit into a pre-determined curriculum. Another important principle of the Montessori philosophy is that children also learn by observing and teaching others. A co-operative atmosphere rather than a competitive one is encouraged in the classroom. Over time, the children learn to make responsible choices for their learning and show others the love and respect that is shown to them by their instructors.