The Montessori Preschool Centre is a private, subsidized institution. The Montessori pre-kindergarten, a pioneer daycare in Montreal, opened its doors in 1960. Our educational program is inspired by the values and unique approach of renowned Italian educator, Dr. Maria Montessori.
A Key Factor in Your Child’s Development
At a Montessori daycare, the educator is, above all, an observer who is highly attentive to each child’s individual needs. The educator focuses on sparking the child’s interest and provides encouragement. S/he acts as the dynamic link between the child and his surroundings, all while fostering a harmonious, calm, fair and open-minded environment.
Customized, for every child
The Montessori classroom is a reflection of a child’s world, specifically equipped to meet their size, interests and learning needs. Our educational daycare program is tailored for children ages 2 ½ to 6. The classroom is designed to maximize their freedom within prescribed limits, in an organized environment that offers a variety of appealing exercises and activities. At a Montessori daycare, there are always a plethora of on-going activities to choose from. Learning from objects and materials requires physical movement such as walking, pulling, carrying, pouring, etc. Children work at tables or on small carpets on the floor where they are naturally more comfortable.
Children are encouraged to learn through discovery, action and touch rather than through lengthy verbal instruction, which instills greater satisfaction. For example, more than just a number written down on a piece of paper, a mathematical unit is something a child can hold in his or her hand. Similarly, a verb can actually be executed, rather than just understood ‘theoretically’ through workbook text.
Over 100 Years of Excellence
« Let us not bring up children for today’s world. This world will no longer exist when they grow up. Our priority should be to help children cultivate their ability to create and adapt. »
Master two languages simultaneously
Our educational program being bilingual, children have the chance to learn two languages (French and English). In order to create this bilingual living environment, each class at the Montessori preschool is led by three educators: a French-speaking educator, an English-speaking educator and a bilingual educator. Using Montessori materials, children learn to read and write in both languages.
Discover a third language through play
Once a week, a Spanish teacher comes to the preschool class to carry out activities that allow the children to familiarize themselves with this Latin language. Singing, rhymes, stories and role plays are used by the teacher to allow children to discover this language in a fun way.
In a Montessori class, Practical Life is likely the most important category. It provides the basis for all other daycare exercises that follow. The ultimate objective of Practical Life is to develop the child’s intellectual and physical independence. Exercises are analyzed and divided into smaller parts so that the child can complete a series of complex actions in an efficient manner. This fosters their sense of self-efficacy and concentration.
Examples of exercises include: the dressing frames, polishing shoes, washing a table, washing clothes, sewing a button, folding, caring for plants, and so on.
Choose from the available appointments
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