Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the montessori approach to education?
A: The Montessori Method emphasizes learning through all five senses. A child in a montessori classroom learns at his/her own pace, and according to his/her own choice of activities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and responsibility. Montessori classes include children of three age groups (three to six, six to nine, nine-12). This forms communities in which older children share their knowledge with, and mentor their younger classmates.
At CMS, programming is based on the Province of Ontario’s elementary curriculum, including the use of up-to-date technologies.
Q: How are CMS teachers trained?
A: Montessori teachers have training and certification by an institute such as the Association Montessori Internationale or the Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute.
At CMS all of our teachers are Montessori-accredited. Additionally, each of our elementary teachers has a Bachelor of Education degree, meaning they are certified by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Therefore, they are able to skilfully integrate the Montessori Method of education with the Province of Ontario’s elementary curriculum.
Each CASA classroom, for ages three to six, has one teacher and one educational assistant for every 16 students. Although the current montessori recommendation is between 20 to 35 students per class, we believe our ratio of one to eight benefits students with consistent one-on-one attention and individualized learning.
Q: How are CMS classrooms different?
A: A montessori classroom contains five teaching areas: practical life activities, sensorial, language, mathematics, and cultural studies.
Each class offers three hours of montessori activities every morning and two hours in the afternoon. Within this program, children are able to spontaneously choose their activities and develop through individual discovery and exploration.
Each classroom represents a three-year age mix to promote mentorship and social development:
• A primary or CASA environment for ages two-and-a-half to six years
• A lower elementary environment for ages six to nine years
• An upper elementary environment for ages nine to 12 years
At CMS we integrate the Province of Ontario’s elementary curriculum into our elementary program because we believe this approach strikes an excellent balance for our students as they transition into the secondary school system. The importance of computer technology in education cannot be understated, and all CASA and elementary students have access to our on-site Mac lab.
At CMS, we encourage families to tour the school, observe the classrooms in action, and speak to the teachers about the theory behind the activities. We also provide the opportunity for families to speak to prospective teachers about their philosophies of child development and education.
Q: How often should my young children attend CMS?
A: The general recommendation is that children up to age four attend school five mornings per week. Children four and up should attend school five full days per week.
At CMS, we offer these options, but also offer flexibility. For example, some young children attend school three full days per week.
Q: Are Montessori-educated children successful later in life?
A: Montessori children are well-prepared academically, socially, and emotionally for life beyond their school years. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on criteria including: listening attentively, study skills, displaying leadership and responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, adapting to new situations, following directions and time management.