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What is Montessori?

The philosophy which guides everything we do in Montessori is to follow the child. It is applied to every child’s education. Children learn at different paces and have different interests which is why an important part of the Montessori approach is the one-on-one relationship between the child and their directress. By observing and engaging, the directress knows how they are advancing. This way, the directress knows when it is time to move them up to a more challenging exercise. The other key factor in Montessori education is the meticulously designed, extensive series of exercises. Each exercise is part of a carefully planned progression, mastering one skill that is an essential ingredient of a more complicated skill. The philosophy is the result of ongoing research into the best ways of helping children learn.

Why should I choose Montessori over more traditional schooling methods?

There is no right way to answer a question such as this. We always recommend to all our new parents to make sure they do their research on a variety of teaching philosophies to see what one best suits their goals for their child’s future. However we can answer why we have chosen Montessori, and that is because the philosophy facilitates a natural love for learning. It is patient, it works from concrete to abstract, it focuses on the whole child, and it follows that child’s individual growth.

Are you a school or a daycare?

We are a school environment. We follow a curriculum, have reports, parent-staff interviews, and run on a 10-month school year (September - June).

Do you offer a summer program?

Yes during the months of July-August we run a summer camp from our facility. Your child does not need to be a Manotick Montessori student to register for our summer camps. The summer camp does not follow the Montessori curriculum, although we still have a very structured program that is a fun and creative way to spend the summer.

What are the staff-child ratios?

For Toddlers, the ratio is 1:5 and for Casa the ratio is 1:8.

How do the children sleep?

The children sleep in their classroom on their designated cot or mat. If your child does not sleep, they may lay quietly reading books or doing puzzles.

How often do the children play outdoors?

At Manotick Montessori, we love to explore the outdoors! Weather permitting, the children spend at least 1 hour a day outside in the warmer months. If the children cannot go outside on any given day, the instructors have a planned alternate program to ensure the students still receive some type of physical movement time

Do the children wear uniforms?

Yes, the children do wear uniforms at Manotick Montessori. The uniform is available for purchase from The Gap or Old Navy, but any variation of navy bottom and white top is acceptable. We also have school crests available for purchase at the front desk for $5 each.

How often do the children learn French?

For the French program, the Toddlers receive 15 minutes of French and the Casa classes receive 30 minutes of French each day. There is also an afternoon French Theory Program where the 2nd and 3rd year Casa students are exposed to an additional 30 minutes of French in small groups focusing on reading and writing.

Does the afternoon French program cost extra?

No, the afternoon French Program is part of our full day program.

Will I receive a report card for my child?

Yes, Montessori report cards are provided to the parents twice each school year. The first is in November and the second in May. The report cards are quite different from a regular school report card, but the instructors are always helpful in explaining the differences during our Parent-Staff Interviews which follow each report card.

How are the instructors trained/certified?

The staff at Manotick Montessori are trained with various degrees and certificates all focusing on child development. Each classroom has a Montessori trained instructor along with a Registered Early Childhood Educator (or otherwise approved). Every instructor is certified in CPR and First Aid, and also has a clear criminal reference check.

What is the best way to choose a Montessori school for my child?

Ask what kind of training do the instructors have, visit the school, observe the classroom in action, and later ask the instructor or principal to explain the theory behind the activities you saw. Most of all, talk to your child's prospective instructor about his or her philosophy of child development and education to see if it is compatible with your own.

Why Manotick Montessori?

Manotick Montessori is known for its well-established reputation in the community. We pride ourselves on being a home away from home for the children and our parents know that their children love coming to school! Our program is very different from most schools in that we have a strong Montessori curriculum, but we also have an extensive creative program. Every early childhood educator at Manotick Montessori truly loves what they do and it is evident every day in their work ethic and relationships with the children.