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Thinking about Montessori for your child? Here's what you need to know

Local Montessori School encourages children to explore their potential
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Thinking about Montessori for your child but want to learn more about the Montessori method? Collingwood-based Little House Montessori School invites applications for children ages two and a half to nine years old. The school has been in business for over 20 years and prides itself on providing a superior start to any child’s educational journey.

What is Montessori?

The Montessori method is based on teaching philosophies developed by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952), Italy’s first female medical doctor. This method of teaching focusses on allowing children to choose from a great range of activities appropriate to his/her stage of development. Rather than imposing learning, Montessori teachers encourage children to explore their potential within a carefully structured environment. Children learn through being active while developing skills in numeracy, literacy, science, history, geography, music, art, games and dance, languages and social awareness.

Is Montessori Suitable for Every Child?

Yes. Almost all children benefit from a Montessori education because programs are individualized, and they learn at their own pace. A key feature of the program is the “Three Year Cycle.” The cycle sees children aged three to six years or six to nine years old in the same classroom and with the same teacher, which provides consistency. During this time, younger students can interact and observe the older students who serve as role models.

What Does a Montessori Classroom Look Like?

Preschool classes have a 1:8 ratio while the elementary classes (Gr. 1 – 3) have 12 – 14 students per teacher. Little House Montessori School promotes a positive and friendly environment while fostering an attitude of “Education for Life.” A Montessori classroom will have a buzz of activity in the room as children are free to move within their class. Classrooms are organized and esthetically pleasing with child-sized furniture and artwork displayed on the walls. 

What are the Basic Characteristics of Montessori Elementary?

The lower elementary program for students ages six to nine years, encourages intrinsic motivation, spontaneous activity, and self-education. Students gain greater responsibility in their group setting, and learn respect for oneself, other people and the planet. The elementary student will enjoy many open-air learning experiences as they go out to skate, ski, or play tennis. The indoor learning environment allows for individual, small group, and whole class learning in a calm, aesthetically pleasing class where mindfulness is a daily practice, and imagination and creativity are fostered.

Ready to Explore the Montessori Method?

Choosing the right learning environment for your child is critical to his/her emotional, social and academic wellness. At Little House Montessori School, everyone is invited to learn more about the Montessori method and what the program has to offer. Parents are welcome to tour the facility on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at 10 a.m. Please call the school ahead of time to book an appointment. Please note, Covid-19 safety precautions are in place and visitors will be screened before entering the facility.
 
While Little House Montessori School accepts applications for enrollment anytime during the year, September and January are ideal times for children to begin at the school. 
 
For more information, visit the Little House Montessori School website or contact Head of School, Ms. Joanne Harrison at 705.444.9997 or by email at littlehousemontessorischool@gmail.com.