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Curriculum

What Is Montessori?

The Montessori method is a specific strategy for early childhood education. Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, this philosophy dictates that, by treating children with respect and granting them structured freedom, we can help them develop into driven, independent and creative adults. Through Montessori, a child can use their own senses to discover the world first-hand; learning and growing at their own pace.

At Queens Montessori Academy, we firmly believe in the Montessori method and adhere closely to its standards. Our Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators accreditation means our curriculum is based purely on Montessori principles. Each classroom is equipped with at least one Montessori qualified directress to facilitate your child’s learning.

Our Programs

Toddler Program (18 months-2.5 years)

By showing a child how to care for themselves and their environment at an early age, you give them important tools for the rest of their development. Our Toddler Program combines caring early childhood educators, a supportive atmosphere and a safe environment to empower young children with self-directed learning. Through our program, we can instil a love of education and a desire for discovery within your child, which lays the framework for their eventual progression to the Casa program. Your child will experience a vast array of concepts and educational activities, including French!

Casa Program (2.5-6 years)

In the Casa classroom, children can leverage their new-found love of knowledge and desire to work for their own development. The Casa framework allows children to develop concentration, motivation, self-esteem and discipline at their own pace. Thanks to a variety of ages within each classroom, children have the unique opportunity to grow both socially and individually developing leadership skills and compromise early on. As children progress through the program, they acquire important learning habits that will make them more adaptable and successful once they enter grade one.

Montessori Areas of Learning

Practical Life

The practical life area of Montessori equips your child with the everyday skills they’ll need throughout their life. This area is particularly important for toddlers. We use basic tasks like pouring, ladling and folding to help your child develop their hand-eye coordination and balance. Practical life also deals with social grace and courtesy. Through daily meals, conversations and simple clean-up jobs like wiping up a spill, your child learns how to take care of themselves, others and their surroundings.

Sensorial

A child should rely on all five senses to discover the world. The sensorial area gives your child the chance to experience things for themselves; seeing, hearing, touching, then drawing their own conclusions from what they’ve experienced. Our classrooms are rich in didactic sensory material, incorporating diverse colours, textures, shapes and patterns. Sensorial exercises help a child develop a sense of order and lays the foundation for further education in science and math.

Language

Language and communication are a key part of the human experience. Our goal is to help each child learn how to listen patiently to others and communicate their own ideas with confidence. We also work with your child to improve their reading comprehension and written communication skills.

Children have an uncanny ability to learn and understand new languages. In addition to exercises designed to strengthen your child’s grasp of English, we also offer regular games, songs and activities in French provided by a French specialist.

Mathematics

We introduce children to numbers, counting and rudimentary mathematical concepts through a variety of songs, activities and finger plays. Even more subtle activities like setting the table help us to build your child’s general understanding of basic math. As your child gets older and progresses, we start to introduce more advanced concepts through didactic materials. Once your child has mastered some concepts individually, we will move on to exercises that bring them all together, helping your child to develop a more complete grasp of quantities and sequences.

Culture

The culture area of Montessori includes science, art and music. Our curriculum allows your child to explore these realms independently, discovering their own passions and learning about the impact they have on society. Science-based activities dealing with botany and geography help your child feel connected to the earth and understand its importance, while music and art help your child explore self-expression and relate to others.

What Sets Us Apart

Our centre’s curriculum is built on the Montessori method. Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, this method uses self-directed activity, collaborative play and hands-on learning to develop independent thinking, self-awareness, motivation and discipline. Children have a natural drive to learn through play. Our Montessori curriculum simply harnesses that drive to facilitate growth and development.

With a variety of certifications and a solid foundation of experience, our early childhood educators are well-equipped to facilitate your child’s learning in a safe and engaging environment. Our directresses are passionate about child care and the Montessori method. They apply our curriculum with a warm and supportive approach that allows each child to feel like Queens Montessori is their home-away-from-home.

Open communication between our staff and your family is crucial. We maintain an open-door policy, allowing you to meet with our directresses and discuss your child’s progress. In addition to open houses, report cards, parent interviews and other opportunities, our BrightPath Connect™ app ensures you’re always tuned-in to your child’s progress and development.

Food is vital to your child’s mental and physical development. We’ve collaborated with a registered nutritionist on our menu to ensure your child has all the fuel they need to learn and grow. We use fresh and local ingredients as much as possible when preparing your child’s lunch and snacks. All the food we offer is prepared in-house daily.

What Sets Us Apart

  • Our centre’s curriculum is built on the Montessori method. Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, this method uses self-directed activity, collaborative play and hands-on learning to develop independent thinking, self-awareness, motivation and discipline. Children have a natural drive to learn through play. Our Montessori curriculum simply harnesses that drive to facilitate growth and development.

  • With a variety of certifications and a solid foundation of experience, our early childhood educators are well-equipped to facilitate your child’s learning in a safe and engaging environment. Our directresses are passionate about child care and the Montessori method. They apply our curriculum with a warm and supportive approach that allows each child to feel like Queens Montessori is their home-away-from-home.

  • Open communication between our staff and your family is crucial. We maintain an open-door policy, allowing you to meet with our directresses and discuss your child’s progress. In addition to open houses, report cards, parent interviews and other opportunities, our BrightPath Connect™ app ensures you’re always tuned-in to your child’s progress and development.

  • Food is vital to your child’s mental and physical development. We’ve collaborated with a registered nutritionist on our menu to ensure your child has all the fuel they need to learn and grow. We use fresh and local ingredients as much as possible when preparing your child’s lunch and snacks. All the food we offer is prepared in-house daily.