The Principles of Montessori

No two Montessori schools are alike.  At Glen Abbey Montessori School, we take care to ensure that the principles of Montessori are respected and upheld.  As we closely follow the principles of Montessori Glen Abbey Montessori School is an accredited member of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators.  Below you will find a brief description of the Montessori principles, and how our school meets these principles.

The Prepared Environment
Glen Abbey Montessori School classrooms have been carefully designed by the owner/administrator and teacher, Mrs. J, to meet the needs of our students. They are prepared environments, meaning that the furniture is scaled to the size of the child, and materials are carefully displayed on open shelves that are easily accessible and inviting to our students. The materials are arranged in such a way as to capture your child’s interest, and help him/her learn independently.

Personalized not Generalized
Children develop at different rates, and they learn in different ways.  The Montessori philosophy complements individual development as the teacher is meant to guide children according to their interest and level.  At Glen Abbey Montessori School, we take pride in the fact that we have the ability to guide our students by focusing in on each child’s unique personality and learning preferences.  This is extremely important for young students within the age range of 2.5 years to 6 years old.  We are able to provide this service due to our low student-teacher ratio of 1:8.

Cooperative, not Competitive
The Montessori method encourages a cooperative, rather than a competitive environment. At Glen Abbey Montessori School, students are not ranked.  We always encourage our students to “do their best, not to determine whom is best”.  Cooperation, and a sense of community, rather than competition, sets the environment. All students are guided to perform at their highest level while respecting and celebrating the good work of others.

Freedom and Discipline
Dr. Maria Montessori developed her method of teaching from many years of observation and experience, and she discovered that unless children had self-discipline they could not have freedom, but in the same vein if you did not allow them freedom, self-discipline could not exist. Therefore, as a result it is our goal as teachers at Glen Abbey Montessori School, to instill self-discipline in your child, and give him / her opportunities for freedom of choice.

Exposure to their World
We choose to introduce your child to all aspects of life, from reading, writing and math to biology, science and geography, diversity of cultures, music, arts and drama. Within the varied fields we present and explore activities that develop coordination, fine motor skills and concentration. Having a multicultural classroom encourages our children to be well-rounded individuals, teaching them to be tolerant, peaceful and respectful role-models in our diverse community.  This meets the Montessori principle of developing the “whole” child, and forms the foundation for the development of good citizens of the world.