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PhilosopHy & pedagogY

The educational ideals of La Maison Montessori Kingston are based on the principle of quality education for all. With this philosophy in mind, La Maison Montessori Kingston allows the child to develop at his own pace while giving him the opportunity to grow in an atmosphere conducive to his development.

The montessori pedagogy

We are committed to following the pedagogical approaches developed by Dr. Maria Montessori – Italy’s first female physician and the founder of the Montessori school model. Her educational approach is based on the observation of children and on the development of specific material adapted to each child’s age and abilities.

At La Maison Montessori Kingston children will learn, apply their knowledge and participate actively in the daily aspects of school and home life. Based on the famous Montessori quote, “Help me to do it by myself” children learn the various psychological and developmental stages inherent to their age:

  • Autonomy
  • Adaptation to his/her environment
  • Ecological consciousness
  • Self respect

“Our school is a ‘Children’s house’ rather than a traditional school, that has been specially prepared for the child, where he or she is exposed to the culture of this environment, where learning is self-directed.” Maria Montessori

AGE GROUPS

Maria Montessori observed that young children, from 0 to 6 years of age, possess a unique mind with great intellectual capacity that allows the child to adapt to differing cultural, geographic and temporal environments. This “absorbent mind,” as Montessori describes it, instills the child with passion and the desire to seek out those experiences that will make him or her truly human.

At La Maison Montessori Kingston, we offer two learning environments for your child.

Toddlers (18 month to 3 years old)

Maria Montessori observed that young children, from 0 to 6 years of age, possess a unique mind with great intellectual capacity that allows the child to adapt to differing cultural, geographic and temporal environments. This “absorbent mind,” as Montessori describes it, instills the child with passion and the desire to seek out those experiences that will make him or her truly human.

At La Maison Montessori Kingston, we offer two learning environments for your child.

«The first instinct of the child is to act only, without the help of others, and their first act of independence is to defend themselves from those who try to help them. He or she always tries to make a bigger effort to act by him or herself.» Maria Montessori

Preschoolers

(3 years old – 6 years old)

In this group of 24, the children are between 3 and 6 years of age and are supervised by two educators and an assistant. At this stage of their development, your child is going to internalize all the rules of his or her environment (e.g. language, culture, code). The objective of the children’s house is to allow your child to perfect his or her fine and global psychomotricity, social sense of self and the building of his or her intelligence.

«One of the main practices of our method is the use of sensory exercises that develop your child’s sensory awareness in order to appreciate the world around them.» Maria Montessori

MONTESSORI ACTIVITIES

La Maison Montessori Kingston is a rich and inviting environment where adults act as catalysts to engage the children in self-directed activities. There are five main activity areas in the school that children may choose from.

Mathematics

Math concepts are first introduced as a sensorial experience and built up to abstraction. We give quantities and allow the child to manipulate them concretely. The child then has extensive experience in using the four mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Language

La Maison Montessori Kingston offers the chance for children to acquire, to consolidate and to be immersed in a French-speaking environment, even if it is not the child’s first language. A child’s capacity to learn a second language develops much more spontaneously during their early formative years. The child is given the opportunity to use French in new ways (song, poem, and conversation with peers). It is also through a rich and varied vocabulary that the child grows. The child acquires the alphabet in a sensorial manner; communication is one of the key components to social development.

Practical life

The exercises of Practical Life are the distillation of typical, universal human activity. The child learns how to take care of himself or herself, how to take care of his or her house, and learn the care of others.

Culture

This includes all those pursuits of humanity that are not included in Mathematics and Language: geography, history, science, religion, music, art and biology to name a few. La Maison Montessori Kingston reflects the European influence of its creators and so the creation of art is deeply encouraged using thematic approaches inspired by artists. Using the works of renowned artists for inspiration, the child creates works of art using themes such as spirals, circles and points.

Sensorial

It is through the senses that the young child comes to know himself and his world. The sensorial area allows the child to explore, classify, order, grade, and discriminate the sensorial concepts in the world.

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Contact us

Location : 1134 Johnson St.
Kingston, ON, K7M 2N7
Telephone: (613) 548-4138

Email: info@montessorikingston.ca

Opening hours:  From Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

 

PHILOSOPHY AND PEDAGOGY

At La Maison Montessori Kingston children will learn, apply their knowledge and participate actively in the daily aspects of school and home life. Bases on the famous Montessori quote,  ” Help me to do it by myself ” children learn the various psychological and developmental stages inherent to their age:

  • Autonomy
  • Adaptation to his/her environment
  • Self respect
  • Ecological consciousness

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