Mother's Pride Montessori Play School offers a carefully planned, stimulating environment for learning. The learning materials used are designed to provide a wide variety of experiences geared to the developmental needs of children. For the young child, handling, manipulating and working with these materials proves to be fascinating and absorbing. For the older child, the materials provide the method and framework for exploring the Universe and our relationships with it. When engaged in these well-structured tasks, the child experiences a deep inner satisfaction, which leaves him/her with a positive attitude and an excellent foundation for creative learning.
In accordance with the Montessori philosophy and method, our prepared environment is divided into the following activity areas:
Practical Life Skills: These exercises act as a bridge between home and school. With child-sized equipment the children learn to clean, polish, wash, pour, tweeze, sieve and dress themselves, with a view to becoming independent, responsible individuals. The activities increase dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination, develop the children's self-esteem, and increase their concentration span, which is essential for future learning.
Sensory Education: The specially designed and mathematically precise tactile materials helps to develop the five senses and teaches children to discriminate, match, contrast and grade with each of their senses, in order to gain a greater perception of their environment. The Sensory materials offer an indirect preparation for mathematics and help create mental order.
Language: Reading and writing is introduced at an early age, using the phonic method. The children learn the sounds of letters imprinted as sandpaper characters, which develops a "muscular memory." Our system does not require children to learn by rote but utilizes all the senses to help them decode words and develop phonemic awareness. Children read and write with proper understanding, check their pronunciation and spell accurately. We also introduce the basics of French and sign language.
Mathematics: The children are provided with concrete experiences where they are given objects to hold, count and manipulate, before being introduced to abstract concepts. At our school, children are introduced to counting up to and beyond 10, the decimal system, simple arithmetic computations, addition and subtraction. They are also introduced to the concepts of fractions, measuring quantity and distance, reading time and exercises in non-verbal reasoning.
Other Areas of Knowledge: these core subjects are fundamental to our environment and include history, geography, science, art, music and movement. We embrace multi-culturism in our school. In addition, children's yoga is a regular feature of the classroom.
Our program is a five-day a week program which runs from Monday to Friday, September to June. Regular school holidays such as Christmas, Spring Break and statutory holidays are observed. The morning class begins at 8:45 a.m. and the children are dismissed at 11:15 a.m. The afternoon class begins at 12:00 p.m. and dismissal is at 2:30 p.m. Summer holidays begin the third week of June. It is very important that you be on time to pick up your child from school. Firstly, because it instills a sense of security and well being in the child, and secondly, we are only licensed to have children in our room for 2 1/2 hours at a time. Parents who are consistently late at pick up time will be reminded of our hours, and thereafter will be charged $1.00 per minute they are late on a daily basis.