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Since 1960

Trilingual Montessori Preschool Program 3 to 5 years old

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.

The educator at the Montessori preschool

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.

The Montessori Classroom

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.

Montessori – a world-renowned educational method

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. »
pédagogie montessori
Dr Maria Montessori,
The Absorbent Mind

Who was Maria Montessori?

Born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori was a renowned physician, educator and the founder of the “Montessori Method” of education. Despite endless obstacles and prejudice, Montessori became the country’s first female physician in 1896. Following graduation, she worked at the Rome University Psychiatric Clinic. It was there that she became very interested in the study of children’s learning and began to develop her philosophy of education. In 1901, she went back to school to study philosophy and psychology and was influenced by the works of renowned educators Jean Itard and Édouard Séguin. On January 6, 1907, in the San Lorenzo district of Rome, Dr. Montessori officially inaugurated the opening of the first Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House). Based on a child-centered approach, the Casa dei Bambini fostered children’s natural desire to learn. News of the school’s success soon caught-on, with Montessori daycares opening throughout Italy, Europe, Asia, and the United States. Throughout her career, Dr. Montessori travelled extensively to give lectures on her novel educational method and was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace prize. Her long life’s journey came to an end in 1952 in Holland. Currently, there are more than 22,000 Montessori schools, in 110 countries worldwide.

Bilingual education at the Montessori Preschool Daycare

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.

The initiation to Spanish is made in a fun way at the Montessori daycare

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.

Stimulating the child's interest

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A few 4th and 5th grade places still available for the 2023-24 school year