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FAQs & Resources

FAQs and Resources

What is Montessori?

The philosophy which guides everything we do in Montessori is to follow the child. It is applied to every child’s education. Children learn at different paces and have different interests which is why an important part of the Montessori approach is the one-on-one relationship between the child and their directress. By observing and engaging, the directress knows how they are advancing. This way, the directress knows when it is time to move them up to a more challenging exercise. The other key factor in Montessori education is the meticulously designed, extensive series of exercises. Each exercise is part of a carefully planned progression, mastering one skill that is an essential ingredient of a more complicated skill. The philosophy is the result of ongoing research into the best ways of helping children learn.

There is no right way to answer a question such as this. We always recommend to all our new parents to make sure they do their research on a variety of teaching philosophies to see which one best suits their goals for their child’s future. However, we can answer why we have chosen Montessori: its philosophy facilitates a natural love for learning, it is patient, it works from concrete to abstract, it focuses on the whole child and it follows each child’s individual growth.

We are a school environment. We follow a curriculum, issue progress reports and report cards, hold parent-staff interviews and run on a 10-month school year (September-June).

Yes, during the months of July and August, we run a summer program from our facility. Your child does not need to be a Manotick Montessori student to register for our summer program. The summer programming does not follow the Montessori curriculum, although we still have a very structured program that is a fun and creative way to spend the summer.

The Toddlers ratio is 1:5 and the Casa ratio is 1:8.

The children sleep in their classroom on their designated cot or mat. If your child does not sleep, they may lay quietly reading books or doing puzzles.

At Manotick Montessori, we love to explore the outdoors! Weather permitting, the children spend at least 1 hour a day outside in the warmer months. If the children cannot go outside on any given day, the instructors have a planned alternate program to ensure the students still receive some type of physical movement time.

Do the children wear uniforms?

Yes, the children do wear uniforms at Manotick Montessori. The uniform is available for purchase from The Gap or Old Navy, but any variation of navy bottom and white top is acceptable. We also have school crests available for purchase at the front desk for $5 each.

The Toddlers receive 15 minutes and the Casa classes receive 30 minutes of French instruction each day. There is also an afternoon French Theory Program where the second and third year Casa students are exposed to an additional 30 minutes of French in small groups, focusing on reading and writing.

No, the afternoon French Program is part of our full day program.

Yes, Montessori report cards are provided to the parents twice each school year. The first is issued in November and the second in May. The report cards are quite different from a regular school report card but the instructors are always helpful in explaining the differences during our Parent-Staff Interviews which follow each report card.

The staff at Manotick Montessori are trained with various degrees and certificates all focusing on child development. Each classroom has a Montessori-trained instructor along with a Registered Early Childhood Educator (or otherwise approved). Every instructor is certified in CPR and First Aid and also has a clear criminal background check and vulnerable sector screening.

Ask what kind of training do the instructors have, visit the school, observe the classroom in action, and later ask the instructor or principal to explain the theory behind the activities you saw. Most of all, talk to your child’s prospective instructor about his/her philosophy of child development and education to see if it is compatible with your own.

Manotick Montessori is known for its well-established reputation in the community. We pride ourselves on being a home-away-from-home for the children and our parents know that their children love coming to school! Our program is very different from most schools in that we have a strong Montessori curriculum, but we also have an extensive creative program. Every early childhood educator at Manotick Montessori truly loves what they do and it is evident every day in their work ethic and relationships with the children.

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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.