Gallery

Learning in a classroom cannot answer all a child’s questions, so “going out” is a way to explore beyond the classroom and an essential part of the elementary Montessori experience.

Our 3-day trip to Ottawa this week with our upper elementary class is a perfect example of the value of these learning opportunities. Through the various sites visited, travelling and dining out, students developed their independence and confidence, practised grace and courtesy, nurtured relationships and made memories, applied classroom teachings in a real world setting, sparked their curiosity and interests and explored the interconnectedness of everything around them.

While away, we were so impressed with the way the students managed themselves, used their manners and supported one another, the thoughtful questions they asked and their engagement in every part of the trip. And many people we met commented on their manners, inquisitiveness and knowledge!
...

The Montessori sound cylinders are a sensorial material in the casa classroom. The cylinders come in a set of 2 boxes containing 6 colour-coded cylinders, each containing different materials that make different sounds. The child matches each cylinder with its corresponding sound partner by only using their auditory sense. This activity teaches the child to be able to distinguish between small differences in sound, developing their auditory sense. ...

Our grade 3 and 5 students have been busy this week doing our annual standardized testing. This language and math test, done over the course of five days, is a valuable test taking opportunity for the children and a helpful assessment tool for both teachers and parents to measure their math and language skills against other children their age across Canada. ...

Plant care is an essential practical life activity in the Montessori classroom. The purpose of this exercise is to encourage the child’s interest in caring for their environment, to help them learn about what plants need in order to grow and thrive and to develop empathy and compassion as they gently care for a delicate living plant. ...

The Scooter Club is off and rollin’! ...

Friends make everything better. ...

The Metal Insets are part of the Montessori language curriculum. They are a delightful learning tool used to prepare children for handwriting, as this is the first material they will work with that has them use pencils to place controlled marks on paper.

Working with the Metal Insets helps children to develop their pencil grip, refine their fine motor skills and learn how to draw within an outline. They also indirectly allow children to practice concentration and order as they work with, and master, the material.
...

Quiet reading time. 📖 ...

Our first year children had plenty to say as they admired the freshly fallen snow on their way to nap this afternoon! (sound on) ...

Our gym classes were thrilled today about our new basketball nets! The height of them can be adjusted for all our students from casa to upper elementary. Woohoo! ...

Our grade 3-6 students had a blast on the slopes! Aside from being fun, our ski days are an opportunity for many to try skiing for the first time and feel a great sense of accomplishment. For others who ski regularly, it’s an opportunity to lead, share their skills and shine. ...

Our lower elementary students have been studying plate tectonics, the movement of the earth and the formation, types and parts of mountains! ...