PROGRAMMES

The Montessori classroom is characteristically unique because there is a distinctive order to the room and a structure to how things are arranged on the shelf.  The “prepared environment” is divided into areas for practical life, sensorial, language, math, and cultural (art, music, geography, history, and science).  The materials are arranged in a logical order that moves from the simple to the complex, and from the concrete to the abstract.  Developmentally, preschool children are very responsive to such order and consistency.  Montessori materials are so beautifully designed that children are naturally drawn to them as they work at their own pace and learn through hands-on experience and investigation.  As a result, they become confident and independent learners who are actively engaged in their studies.  

The Montessori curriculum may be viewed as a spiral in which separate disciplines are presented in an integrated approach through the course of studies of the universe, nature, and the human experience.  At the preschool level, lessons are introduced in simple, concrete terms which can then be revisited in later years in greater abstraction and complexity as the children’s thirst to deepen and enhance their knowledge becomes an incredible driving force. 

A snapshot of the components of a rich, Montessori education follows:

Practical Life

The skills for everyday life are learned here.  Example tasks include pouring, spooning, arranging flowers, taking care of plants, polishing wood, learning to button, snap, zip, and the tying of shoelaces. 

By engaging in these purposeful exercises, children are learning to take care of themselves and their environment.  By helping to take care of the classroom community, the children grow in self confidence and independence as they learn to follow a complex sequence of steps through, for example, the washing and the setting of a table. 

Sensorial

From birth, children interact with their world through the senses.  How many parents can recall the moment their child was able to pick up an object off the floor and how a sense of curiosity prompted him/her to explore further by feeling for roughness, banging it for durability, or popping it into the mouth to determine the taste.

The sensorial curriculum is designed to help children focus their attention on the environment as they use their senses to observe and engage with the physical world.  In the classroom, children use beautifully created materials to learn to discriminate among different qualities such as size, shape, colour, texture, weight, and pitch. 

Language

The focus in language is how to help children develop the sophisticated skills required for communication as they learn how to work and play together with others. 

Oral, listening, writing, and reading skills are developed through naming exercises (e.g. labeling the nouns in a classroom); kinesthetic tracing of sandpaper letters as children see then feel the shape and how it is formed, and then hear the teacher pronounce the sound; different letter sound games (e.g. can you find things in the classroom that start with the “mmm” sound?); using a moveable alphabet, a large box with compartments containing plastic letters, to create words matching a small object or a picture by sounding out the word one letter at a time, selecting, and laying down the letter that makes that sound; and the use of a phonetic approach to develop and prime reading and writing skills.

Math

Renown for her didactic math materials, Montessori created them to eliminate the mystery behind the abstract concepts.  Children use the hands-on learning materials to make the abstract concepts clear and concrete as they can literally see, for example, two groups of three objects, being laid out on a board to allow the children to count to six.  These materials develop the mathematical mind in relating “real” quantities with graphical symbols.  This approach to teaching mathematics provides a clear understanding and helps children develop a sound and solid foundation.  In preschool, children are introduced to linear counting exercises and the introduction of the numbers to ten, then through the teens, multiples of ten, counting to one hundred and subsequently 1000, fractions, and leading to experiences with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. 

Cultural

The study of history and the world is the cornerstone of the Montessori curriculum as she envisioned that children would develop a global perspective through such studies. 

Early on, the young preschooler is introduced to the names of the continents, countries and their flags, and geographic forms such as strait, cape, or isthmus.  The Montessori cultural area cultivates children’s fascination with the universe and the physical world.  They are encouraged to observe, predict, classify, and experiment as they learn about native plants and animals in different biomes and the relationship between living things and their environment.  Throughout the year, children also have the opportunity to learn, appreciate, and honour people from around the world through an exploration of food, clothing, music, and a celebration of holidays and cultural traditions. 

Fine Arts

In our preschool, the fine arts is an integral part of the curriculum.  ORFF classes with the children develops musicianship in a joyful way through singing, movement, rhythm, and instrument. 

Our classes use rhythm and the singing of children’s songs to develop and focus on concepts and themes such as days of the week, months of the years, the four seasons and different types of weather, and friendship. 

French and Mandarin 

Research clearly indicates that the optimal window for learning a second language is when a child is young, and as a result, our preschool wants to provide children with an opportunity to learn another language.  Our native speaking teachers use an interactive program emphasizing oral expression and comprehension, and parents will often have a chance to see their children use their newly acquired language skills in a short skit or play.  

Yoga

As part of the Ministry of Education's mandate to promote programs encouraging a healthy lifestyle through active living, our school integrates yoga as part of our curriculum.  Our yoga program follows activities that are used in the B.C. "Action Schools" program, one that is also widely used in elementary schools throughout the Lower Mainland.  The benefits of yoga to young children are numerous, and the children's learning experience in school is enhanced.  

The school has such a great curriculum which includes reading, writing, music, art, math, geography, French, cultural activities, and many more practical subjects. The most impressive school activities were the field trips held once a month – from visiting museums and parks/gardens to children’s plays and shows, these activities gave my daughter great opportunities to widen her horizons. None of the other preschools I visited would ever do that. I would recommend this school to any parents who want their children to have a well-rounded education and to become independent learners.
— Ms. Cathy B. - parent
My husband and I searched many preschools before we came across Montessori World. We feel absolutely blessed to have found such an extraordinary school for both of our children to attend. Montessori World implemented a strong foundation for entering elementary school. They taught our daughter to have a positive self-image and to be proud of who she is – this in turn has helped her want to do her personal best at any project given in school, enjoy learning, and she has been given lifelong habits and skills to use not only in school but also in her daily life. Our son looks forward to going to school everyday, and he is sad when the weekend arrives – that is how much he loves to go to school. Montessori World has provided a warm, nurturing, caring, and calm atmosphere where the children feel comfortable and are not afraid to learn and engage in tasks. The teachers are very positive, reassuring, and encouraging to all students.
— Ms. Karas – parent
I researched many preschools and daycares. After thorough research and comparisons, I decided to enroll my first child at Montessori World. This was the best decision I made. Seven years after, with three kids who all attended Montessori World, I can proudly say that the school has done an outstanding job with all my kids. My kids have always been at an advantage at their elementary schools as Montessori World prepared them in many ways for their journeys ahead. The multiple ways of teaching, guiding, and working with kids have been a plus point for me. The classroom atmosphere, monthly field trips, friendly staff are all great assets for the school. Montessori World has a well rounded, enriching program that offers many opportunities for all families.
— P. Dhaliwal – parent
Our family had toured many preschools during their open houses, but we were immediately drawn to Montessori World because of the warmth of the staff and the incredibly beautiful classroom environment with its immaculate layout of materials and large windows allowing in a lot of natural light. We’ve had the pleasure of watching the children at work during observation times, and it was so magical to see preschool children so engaged in their tasks. In one corner, children were working with the math materials; on the carpet at the back of the classroom was a small group as they huddled with a teacher as they learned about the continents; some students were seated and working independently on their fine motor skills with the language materials while others were working with the practical life materials as they polished, folded, and poured. The entire time, the classroom atmosphere was extremely calm, and it was wonderful to see the teachers interacting with the children in a positive, reassuring, and encouraging manner.
— Ms. Hansen – parent
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude and appreciation for everyone at Montessori World Preschool. As a teacher myself with over 16 years of experience, my expectations were high and I am happy to report that Montessori World met my expectations, particularly because I wanted my son’s first encounters with education and time spent away from his parents to be safe, supportive, happy, and productive.

I am particularly impressed by the care the staff has taken to integrating curricular areas around specific themes relevant to the children at this age. Field trips are provided once a month to exciting places that are always connected to the learning outcomes students are presently working on. My son always sings me new songs that are relevant to the monthly themes, brings home art projects that reflect his learning connections, and he loves to tell me about the special topics they have learned whilst on their outings. My son even told us about how to stay safe in public, what each traffic light signifies, and many other lessons that routinely surprise my husband and me. Social graces which include greeting others, shaking hands, making eye contact, and introducing oneself politely are just some examples of etiquette that have been reinforced by the school.

Parent teacher observations are held twice a year and my son’s progress was always accurately reported. The teachers as well as the administrator were always aware of how my child was doing and how well he was adapting to the environment. They were kind and supportive, paying attention to his learning progress as well as to his emotional well-being. My son has transitioned from being a quiet and shy child to one who is much more verbal and confident. I am happy to see that he has learned his sounds correctly and phonetically; he is even part of the reading programs where levelled books are taken home. I particularly appreciate the multi-sensory approach to reading that is used; my son often spells out letters in the air to demonstrate the initial sounds of words that have been practiced at school.

Communication through Montessori World was always prompt and thorough. I particularly appreciated the monthly newsletters which kept me updated with what they had been learning in class so that I too felt like I was a part of what was going on in spite of having to work full-time.

A final point that my husband and I want to stress is the security taken to ensure the safety of the children. Parents and caregivers sign their child in as they are dropped off or picked up. There are strict rules that are always enforced on how a child is to be picked up. Another positive feature is the emphasis on nutritious snacks brought in by parents. My son is always telling me what healthy options he had for snacks during his time at preschool. The large windows [in the classroom] allowing for natural light (as opposed to fluorescent light) in the building is nice to have, as some schools in the area do not have that option. The rooms are colourful, clean, and well-equipped with learning resources.

In short, I recommend this school without any hesitation. Schools are valuable places where we entrust our children to and Montessori World Preschool is an excellent choice.
— L. Tsoulos - parent and elementary teacher
We were visiting family in Ontario during the Christmas holiday, and almost everyday our daughter spoke about preschool. She talked about her friends and teachers by name and would recall school events (concerts, field trips). During the holiday, our daughter asked every morning if it was preschool day. When it finally was, she was so happy as she said, “You finally said yes!” with a big smile.

We have had two of our children attend Montessori World and we have seen our children grow so much from their experience. We highly recommend the Montessori program and Montessori World Preschool.
— J. Sawatzky - parent
Our second son started at Montessori World Preschool this year. All the staff at Montessori World are committed to your child’s development of learning and social skills. We have always been extremely pleased with our sons’ progress while they have been at Montessori World. We particularly like the encouragement from staff to greet each other properly, good manners, and mutual respect. The preschool has a wide variety of activities to keep children interested and enthusiastic about learning. The monthly field trips were always a highlight for our sons. The school visits good quality places that are always linked to their monthly theme. We were quite amazed at our first son being able to recite the days, months, seasons, and continents only after a short time at the school.

Both of our sons love attending the school and they will take fond memories with them of the school and the staff as they progress into elementary education.
— B. Kramer - parent
We noticed that our son progressed quickly when he started to attend Montessori World Preschool. His vocabulary, communication, and creativity have been outstanding. We are very happy that he is learning something new everyday. His mannerisms that he uses with family and friends are so sweet to see. We are very happy to continue to watching him learn and socialize with his peers. We have recommended Montessori World Preschool to many family and friends - and we will continue to do so!
— S. Dang - parent
We’ve been partners with Montessori World Preschool when it comes to the education of our children.

It is so wonderful that I can leave my child safely and well-educated. My son started to learn how to read with levelled readers and he made very good progress. He also started to learn how to add and subtract. At the beginning of this school year, he’s reading chapter books already! My daughter gained confidence in writing and using her vocabulary.

The teachers are fabulous and very helpful with the progress of my children. I have a chance to observe as well - the students are making progress in a school setting where the teachers quietly guide the children at their level of learning.

The best thing I like about this school is that the children are taught according to their level [individual strengths and learning needs are taken into account] - students have lesson plans that are personalized for them. That’s why we have kept our children at this school for kindergarten! Great job Montessori World Preschool!

— N. Cassity - parent