My carefully prepared Montessori classroom is set up with a wide range of hands-on learning materials. Your child can experience and internalize a concept in a concrete way that is both interesting and relevant. I use a free app called ClassDojo to communicate through photos and comments about our day at school, so parents can be easily connected to their child's day. Our focus includes, but is not limited to the following ...

MATHEMATICS

  • developing understanding of symbols & quantities, starting with 1-10 & progressing upward
  • beginning knowledge of addition & subtraction, problem solving
  • introduction to measurement, time & data management
  • counting, skip counting, printing numbers
  • 2 & 3 dimensional shapes
  • patterning & sorting
  • symmetry
  • fractions
  • puzzles

LITERACY SKILLS

  • vocabulary enrichment through stories, oral word games, poetry & more
  • in-depth studies of animals adds to your child's worldly knowledge & vocabulary while instilling a love of discovery & researching
  • letter sound recognition
  • phonics
  • printing with accurate formation of letters
  • development of reading strategies
  • creative writing
  • comprehension & sequencing
  • predicting, retelling & relating
  • sentence structure

MUSIC & MUSIC APPRECIATION

  • we sing along with guitar & piano, dance & play instruments
  • introduction to concepts of melody, beat, rhythm, pitch & ear training
  • children are immersed in a wide variety of musical styles & composers as well as much loved children's music

ARTS & CRAFTS

  • art materials, such as paints, crayons, markers, chalk, scissors, glue, pencils & paper are always available
  • children are introduced to many art techniques and are encouraged to be imaginative & take pride in their creations
  • seasonal crafts & art projects will come home to decorate your fridge

FINE-MOTOR & LARGE-MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

  • to encourage development of pincer grasp, hand control & co-ordination, we use many different hands-on Montessori activities & work with pencils, chalk & markers
  • large motor co-ordination, flexibility, ease of movement & spatial awareness are developed through use of balance beam, balance board, active games & dancing

PLAYTIME - PLAY TO LEARN

An essential part of any child's day of learning and socializing is play time:
  • blocks
  • puppets 
  • play dough
  • dress-up clothes
  • toy kitchen
  • Lego
  • dolls, trains, cars, animals, & more
Outdoor playtime happens everyday:
  • beautiful, peaceful neighbourhood
  • nature walks in the surrounding forest
  • plenty of room to run on the grass
  • large, safe driveway