Curriculum Spotlight: Arithmetic Part 2

Posted on 31 May 2016
The previous blog post (found here) gave an introduction to the Montessori Math curriculum. This month’s post will focus on how the child experiences and progresses through the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The math curriculum, as with most Mon

Curriculum Spotlight: Arithmetic Part 1

Posted on 29 Apr 2016
The Montessori arithmetic curriculum is comprised of some of the most beautifully and carefully crafted materials within the classroom. The main purpose of the mathematics materials is to make the child comfortable with the three main areas of math – number, quantity, and space. The t

Grace and Courtesy

Posted on 30 Mar 2016
Grace and courtesy is a pervasive curriculum area in the classroom. You won’t find these exercises exclusively placed on a shelf. Grace and courtesy is present the moment a child greets his or her peers and teachers in the morning, shakes hands upon entering the classroom, interacts w

Curriculum Spotlight: Geography

Posted on 29 Feb 2016
 As March break quickly approaches and winter appears to draw on longer than we’d like, many families are planning vacations – within Canada or abroad. The geography curriculum area in the Casa classrooms introduces the child to his or her place within this wonderful wide world we all

Curriculum Spotlight: Practical Life

Posted on 25 Jan 2016
Practical Life is one of the main curriculum areas in a Montessori classroom. As the name suggests, it denotes activities that are “practical” – activities children may encounter in their day to day lives. It includes: utilizing practical tools (preliminary exercises) – e.g. a screwdr

Freedom and Discipline

Posted on 29 Nov 2015
In the dictionary, freedom is defined as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” (Merriam Webster) On the other hand, discipline is defined as “control gained by enforcing obedience or order.” (Merriam Webster) The dictionary definitions often as

Imagination

Posted on 28 Oct 2015
Happy Halloween! It’s that time of year again when children don costumes, imagining themselves as super heroes, animals, characters, and more! Imagination is defined as a “creative ability.” It is “the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or ne

Language Preparation at School and at Home

Posted on 29 Sep 2015
A child begins his or her lifelong education in Language from birth – from the first words heard to their first sounds uttered, the infant observes and absorbs an abundance of information. The infant strives to communicate – to express his or her thoughts and adapt to the culture and

The Importance of Movement and Experience in Education

Posted on 19 May 2015
Montessori classrooms pride themselves in educating the whole child – following not only the child’s academic development, but his or her physical development as well. Both aspects are so deeply intertwined that not only did Dr. Montessori observe the benefits of movement and concrete