Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori
Parkdale Montessori

Parkdale Montessori

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WHY CHOOSE OUR SCHOOL?

Selecting the school your child will attend is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Why choose Parkdale Montessori School? Our bilingual school provides a warm and nurturing environment with professional staff, exceptional care for the children, enriched academic curriculum, and focus on community. Join us and experience it for yourself!

  • Bilingual school environment (English and French)
  • Well established school
  • Variety of ages (toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and elementary students) in order to best accommodate families, and maintain peer groups.
  • Individualized instruction to allow children to progress at their own pace
  • Enriched curriculum with superior quality academic standards
  • Low ratio of 1:5 (Toddlers), 1:8 (Casa) and 1:15 (Elementary)
  • Ottawa’s only AMI Accredited School and Ottawa’s first and only Member School of the Montessori Quality Assurance recognition program
  • Hands-on learning
  • Mixed age group in each class (The younger children learn by watching and interacting with the older ones in the classroom. Older children act as role models and teachers)
  • A home-like learning environment, with natural play areas and garden
  • Two playgrounds with wooden play structures, flower gardens, and sandboxes
  • A large City park, only steps away from our school
  • Before and after school programs (7:30am to 5:30pm) providing flexibility for parents
  • Aftercare enrichment programs offered daily (e.g. yoga, Little Ray’s Reptiles, K2 martial arts, Mad Science, art, drama, music, cooking, pottery, etc.)
  • Meals served to children are freshly prepared on site and by a professional chef
  • Outstanding team of qualified, caring, and professional staff
  • AMI-certified teachers
  • Enjoyable activities and events throughout the year for students (e.g. Halloween party, plant-a-thon, pajama day, international day of peace, botany fair, United Nations Universal Children’s Day, Valentine’s Day bake sale, Usbourne book fair, science fair, Earth day, literacy day, etc.)
  • Special events for parents (e.g. Meet and Greet at Reid park, year-end picnic, parent/teacher conferences, classroom observations, child/parent classroom event during which your child is the teacher and you are the child, curriculum evenings, play performed by the Elementary children, etc.)
  • Opportunities for parent involvement (e.g. volunteer on outings, come as a guest speaker, organize fundraisers, bake for our special events, etc.)
  • Fundraisers and community services (e.g. Terry Fox Run, Snowsuit Fund, giving tree, World Partnership Walk, etc.)
  • Field trips for Casa children (e.g. Aviation and Space Museum, Saunders Farm, Valleyview Little Animal Farm, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Museum of Nature, etc.)
  • Outings for Elementary (e.g. Bonnenfant Outdoor Centre, Children’s Festival, Winterlude, National Arts Centre performances, Upper Canada Village, Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary, etc.)
  • Daily physical activities and monthly sport in Elementary (e.g. golf, tennis and swimming at The Ottawa Athletic Club, gymnastics at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre, soccer, rock climbing at Altitude Gym, skating, etc.).
  • Guest speakers in Elementary (e.g. Public Health representative, Veteran on Remembrance Day, Vice-President of United Nations Association in Canada)
  • Summer camps with weekly themes
  • Fantastic holiday concert hosted and performed by the children themselves
  • Lovely graduation ceremony – sure to bring joyful tears to the proud parents
  • Two uninterrupted work cycles to promote concentration and deeper learning. A key to Montessori education
  • A complete set of approved Montessori materials in each classroom
  • Parkdale Montessori School welcomes children from various backgrounds, cultures and individual needs
  • Promotes self-discipline, self-esteem, self-motivation, critical thinking, confidence, respect, compassion, and cooperation
  • Encourages exploration and creativity
  • Parkdale Montessori School cultivates each child’s natural desire to learn

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

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Montessori learning environment

ATMOSPHERE

At each level of development at Parkdale Montessori School, the children are offered a wealth of purposeful activities in an atmosphere of freedom, joy, cooperation, and respect within a Montessori learning environment especially designed to meet their needs and interests.

CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

At Parkdale Montessori School, there are prepared environments for children at each successive developmental plane. Our Montessori learning environment is much different than the traditional model of education. This environment provides children with the opportunity to respond to their natural tendency to learn and work. It also allows children to take responsibility for their own education, giving them the opportunity to function independently and within a community.

Instead of information passing from the teacher to the student, the teacher puts the child in touch with the environment. The teacher helps the children make intelligent choices, explore, and carry out research. Children learn to read, write, and calculate in the same way that they learn to walk and talk – one experiential step after another, teaching themselves. This fosters a love of lifetime learning in the student.

Our Montessori classrooms are geared to the size, pace, and interest of children. They offer space for movement, for individual work and for small group activities. Each classroom is designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration, and has a full range of AMI-approved Montessori educational apparatus for the appropriate age level. These specifically designed materials are sensory-based, self-correcting, arranged according to subject area, and neatly placed on low and open shelves within easy reach of all children.

At each level, the Montessori learning environment is designed for mixed-age group. This provides an opportunity for younger children to learn from older peers, while older children gain satisfaction in sharing their knowledge while reinforcing their own learning.

CURRICULUM

In most traditional learning settings, teachers are given a curriculum which all children follow together at the same time. The curriculum is structured with little regard to the children’s individual interests and abilities. The Montessori curriculum is different. It is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace without feeling “behind” or “ahead”. Our curriculum is geared to children who have varying abilities, in a community in which everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes.

Our Montessori program is introduced to each child by a Montessori-trained teacher through one-on-one or small-group lessons called “presentations”. Presentations of new activities are introduced based on each child’s developmental level. Once children have been introduced to a new activity, they are free to engage with this particular material on their own, for as long as they want and as often as they wish. Presentations are reintroduced if necessary. Over the course of the program, children are introduced to presentations with increasing degrees of abstraction and complexity. Presentations are shown based on each child’s interest and readiness. Sometimes, they arise spontaneously when the child makes a discovery. Children with a high level of ability are constantly challenged by the wide variety of materials and their many uses. Presentations are also modified at times depending on a child’s learning style. Subject areas are integrated throughout the Montessori curriculum rather than being presented as separate disciplines.

LANGUAGE

We offer a bilingual learning environment at each level (i.e. English and French). In the Toddler community, French is conversational. In Casa, we focus on oral French as well as vocabulary building through visual materials, manipulatives, classified cards and themes. In Elementary, students are exposed to core French (oral, written, reading comprehension and grammar).

ACTIVITIES CYCLE

Parkdale Montessori has two extended uninterrupted time periods for the children to engage freely on tasks and absorb themselves in their activities. This leads to deeper learning, higher concentration, and a great sense of accomplishment.

CHILDREN

The children are encouraged to explore their environment, express their ideas, collaborate, and help others. They are free to choose their activities on their own, to learn independently and at their own pace, and to engage in activities for as long as the material holds their interests. The children develop physically, socially, intellectually, and creatively within a joyful environment.

Montessori children often refer to the various activities of the classroom as “work”. Children are free to “work” either at small tables or on mats, wherever they feel the most comfortable. When the children have completed an activity, they return the materials to the shelf, ready for the next child to use.

Children are encouraged to experiment, investigate, make wise choices, solve problems, and be self-reliant. The children enjoy a great deal of independence, as well as freedom of movement and choice. Of course, freedom exists within defined limits of appropriate behavior, and is balanced with responsibilities. This freedom in a safe space is crucial to Montessori program. However it is always tempered by two important limits that will be beneficial for a lifetime – respect for others and respect for the environment.

TEACHERS

Every environment, at each level of development, is directed by a professionally trained Montessori-certified teacher.

Our teachers facilitate learning by preparing the classroom environment and directing the children to purposeful activities which are appropriate for their specific age, abilities, needs and interests. They know when to give a lesson, reinforce presented information, or when to move on to the next challenge. They also know when to step in, set limits or lend a helping hand, and when it is in the child’s best interests to step back and not interfere. Through observations, our teachers guide students to new and challenging materials. They also recognize and accommodate different learning styles. Our teachers carefully monitor each child’s progress and keep meticulous records of each child’s presentations. Montessori teachers play an unobtrusive role in the classroom. They act only as guides, facilitators, and interpreters of the children’s needs. Our teachers also maintain a positive Montessori learning environment where each child is and feels respected.

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Age Range

Infant
Toddler
Preschooler
Kindergarten Ages

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