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Curriculum

What Is Montessori?

The Montessori philosophy is based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s belief that if children were treated with more respect, they would help shape a world as adults that would be a better place to live in. Therefore, the goal is to educate children to be creative, independent and happy individuals who are eager to learn. In this learning environment, all children are encouraged to work at their own pace; first by learning through the senses, then through their intellect and through associations with their peers and the adults around them.

The curriculum is predicated on a teacher-student dynamic described as moving from ‘help me to help myself.’ It is based on self-directed learning whereby children have the freedom to explore, create and co-operate in a supportive environment. Areas of concentration include practical life, sensorial, language, math and cultural.

Toddler Program (18 months-2.5 years)

Teaching a child at an early age to care for themselves and their environment is very beneficial for their natural growing needs. This can only be accomplished by providing the proper surroundings, combined with both atmosphere and caring instructors. The Toddler Program is a unique program designed to encourage and motivate young children to become excited about learning. It is also a very important first step to ready the child for the Casa program by the time they are three years of age. The French language is experienced daily through music, stories, drama and conversation.

Casa Program (3-6 years)

Manotick Montessori’s bilingual Casa classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to work and learn. Through their work, they develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline. Within this framework, each child progresses at their own pace and rhythm according to their individual capabilities. Our classrooms are designed to mix children from three to six years old to allow for both social and individual development. Our program incorporates the Montessori philosophy along with anatomy, creative arts and music. The afternoon program consists of group projects involving geography, history, mathematics and language.

Montessori Areas Of Learning

Practical Life

An essential area, especially for Toddlers, is Practical Life. Here, basic exercises like pouring, spooning, and folding provide an opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination as well as balance control. Lessons and modeling of grace and courtesy are an integral part of the daily routine. Children practice table manners and social conversation over lunch and snacks. The tasks of hand and body produce a strong sense of self for the child. Whether buttoning frames, food preparation, or by actually wiping up spills or cleaning a table, children expand their independence and self-esteem. In this area of learning, children experience real-life situations and activities promoting gross motor activities, three-finger-grasp, concentration, inner discipline, care of self and of the environment.

Sensorial

Activities in this fundamental area provide the means for children to explore the world through their senses. The class environment is comprised of patterns, symmetry and order. Children are encouraged to discriminate and match sounds, textures, dimensions, shapes or colours, using the didactic Sensorial material. Activities include arranging ten cubes into a Pink Tower, discovering that two triangles combine to form a square, learning dimension recognition through the Knobless Cylinders or sensorial puzzles. Children are introduced to exercises in view of their experience and age level, with some children working on more advanced didactic materials of their own choices. Such Sensorial exercises introduce children to the greater order of the world and provide a necessary base for further study in math and science.

Language

Young children develop language and vocabulary skills at a rate faster than any other time of their life. Language development includes speaking, development of vocabulary, expression of thoughts, recognition of letters, discrimination of shapes, sequencing and moving left to right and top to bottom. Language studies include preparation of the muscles to hold a pencil, preparation of the hand to trace outlines and the ability to control the pressure when using a pencil. Story reading and group songs develop listening skills and self-confidence with verbal expressions. Children are encouraged to use their ever-expanding vocabulary and language in small group discussions, large group sharing and interaction with peers.

We believe the advantages and benefits of learning multiple languages at an early age are extremely valuable and continue long into adulthood. The brain automatically compartmentalizes each language correctly so young children have the ability to learn many languages without getting them confused. Through learning different languages at a young age, children develop a life-long love of communicating with others. At Manotick, French is introduced through songs and finger plays to develop a greater appreciation for diversity and further fostered as the children age up thorough our programs.

Mathematics

As an introduction, children learn rote counting through songs and finger plays during group activities. Activities such as setting a table for lunch or placing one snack by each chair introduce children to the relationship of number and quantity. Progressively, Casa members engage in more advanced Math concepts using a sequence of concrete, didactic materials which enable them to work towards mastery of numeration and quantity through Wooden Numerals, Fraction Skittles and Bead material for place value. The Math area is meant to be ‘number rich’ to cover all primary concepts of mathematics using inviting apparatus, working from ‘symbols’ to ‘quantities,’ then leading to a combined understanding.

Science

Science themes and botany materials allow children to experience a wide variety of study topics throughout the year. With interesting activities, hands-on projects and field-trips, children have opportunities to explore diverse science topics. The goal of the Geography area and materials such as the globe, landforms, and related computer software is to introduce children to the idea that they are uniquely connected to every other human being both by differences and similarities; that they live in a special time that is a part of the whole history of mankind.

Music & Art

Music and Art are an essential component of a quality, early learning curriculum. Manotick provides a wide array of self-choice art, dramatic expression and group art projects to enhance the creativity of our children. They enjoy exposure to music instruments from around the world along with daily music and movement activities.

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What Sets Us Apart

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.

What Sets Us Apart

  • 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.