Promoting Problem Solving

Posted on 27 May 2018
We all strive to help children become resilient critical thinkers with independent thoughts and actions. In our Montessori classrooms, opportunities for children to foster these skills arise on numerous occasions throughout the day. Much of it involves setting up the environment in a

French in the Casa Classrooms

Posted on 30 Apr 2018
French Naturally Integrated Each of our Casa classrooms has a dedicated French teacher as part of the teaching staff. The French-speaking teacher not only assists the classroom Directress in managing the Montessori classroom as a whole; she also provides the children with exposure to

Material Spotlight: Pink Tower

Posted on 27 Mar 2018
The Montessori Sensorial Materials Dr. Maria Montessori developed the materials through careful, scientific observation of children. The Montessori materials generally fall under four curriculum areas: Language, Arithmetic, Practical Life and Sensorial. The Sensorial materials, in par

Material Spotlight: Polishing Glass

Posted on 27 Feb 2018
In each Casa classroom, there are four polishing activities: Polishing Glass (red), Polishing Wood (green), Polishing Silver (blue), and Polishing Brass (yellow). These purposeful materials all fall under the curriculum area of Practical Life; each progress in number of steps and diff

Montessori’s Brain Gain – A Lecture by Dr. Michelle Keightley

Posted on 28 Jan 2018
(Poster credit: AMI Canada)   On January 25, 2018, some staff and parents attended a lecture by Dr. Michelle Keightley at the University of Toronto. Dr. Keightley eloquently discussed how “Montessori works because it inherently capitalized on the fundamentals of developmental neu

Baking in the Casa Classroom & Montessori Gift Guides for the Holidays

Posted on 30 Nov 2017
The holiday season is fast approaching and everyone is gearing up for a busy time ahead. It’s a wonderful time to get together with loved ones and show appreciation to all. Here are a few links to some Montessori-inspired gift guides that may come in handy around the holidays an

The Language of Independence

Posted on 30 Oct 2017
We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all the parents who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend our parent education evenings. These are such great opportunities for us to connect and discuss as a school community. This fall, at both Christie and Sorauren, the

Material Spotlight: The Cylinder Block

Posted on 28 Sep 2017
 The 2017-2018 school year is in full swing. Our new children have started settling in and our returning children are delving deeper into their learning and discoveries from year(s) prior. Among the excitement and the plethora of materials new children are introduced to in the Casa cl

Material Spotlight – the Binomial and Trinomial Cubes

Posted on 29 May 2017
Each material in a Montessori classroom have been carefully curated and designed to serve direct and indirect purposes in a child’s natural development. Dr. Montessori often used the term “Mathematical Mind” when discussing children, referencing French mathematician Blaise Pascal’s th