The Montessori Curriculum
All classes, both Elementary and Casa, follow a common set of Montessori curricular guidelines. The Montessori curriculum is an internationally recognized curriculum, currently in place in Montessori schools around the world. Teaching focuses on the child’s experience, characterized by self-directed activity, whereas the teacher’s role in the classroom is more observational. Student progress is discussed regularly with parents and strategies are shared if students are experiencing difficulties. Each classroom has a multi-year age span and individual or small group lessons for core subjects. Uninterrupted work periods allow the children to progress at their own pace.
Elementary Program (ages 6-12)
This program is a continuation of the basic philosophy and principles of Montessori. Co-operative social interaction among children of different ages creates feelings of friendship, respect for the rights of others and self-confidence. They are encouraged to achieve their full potential at a creative, imaginative level in all subject areas including mathematics, language, grammar, history, geography, French, physical education, and art. The Elementary Science Curriculum conveyed through visual charts, experiments, vocabulary and definition materials, weaves principles of physics, chemistry, the earth sciences, botany and zoology together. Our elementary curriculum satisfies the maximum standard set out by the province, as well as our own Montessori curriculum.
The classrooms are arranged as follows:
6-9 years old (Lower Elementary) … (Grade 1, 2 & 3 equivalent)
9-12 years old (Upper Elementary) … (Grades 4, 5 & 6 equivalent)