Montessori School of Kleinburg (MSK) is excited to open up the MSK Toddler Program (ages 18 months to 30 months).
We promise to deliver a well rounded learning experience for these youngsters that will begin their education within a nurturing, scenic and academically rich environment.
The focus of MSK’s Toddler program is building upon the key developmental areas namely; Sensory development, self-help skills, physical development and motor skills, social and emotional growth. This is all done with the aid of Montessori Materials as directed by teachers and not needed.
The first plane of development. For children 2.5 to 6 years of age.
On the importance of early education the majority of educators and psychologists today concur with our founder and Matriarch Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed that the single most influential and important period in the development of a person’s intelligence, occurs between birth and age six.
Maria Montessori suggested that from birth to age six is known as the “absorbent years.” Children at this time are compared to sponges, whereby they absorb everything exposed to them.
The second plane of development. For children 6 to 9 years of age.
“The child is also a worker and a producer. Although he cannot share in the work of adults, he has his own difficult and important task to perform, that of producing a man.” (Maria Montessori).
Respect, responsibility and resourcefulness are the three areas that children take from the Casa program into the Elementary program and further build on and refine. Children are also questioning and wondering in the why and the how. The children carry with them the growth from Casa in each of the five areas, and continue to build and enhance their knowledge to unlimited levels.
The third plane of development. For children 9 to 12 years of age.
Some regard Montessori education to be important only at the preschool (Casa) level. However, the work of developing into fully formed, self-reliant, and responsible individuals continues beyond this period. Children at the elementary school level have a whole new set of needs that call for the continued sensitivity by the teacher.
From birth to age six, children are sensorial explorers, studying every aspect of their environment, language, and culture. From age 9 to 12, children become reasoning explorers. They develop new powers of abstraction and imagination.
At MSK, our classrooms are multi-aged following the Montessori philosophy whereby the older children learn by helping the younger children and the younger children admire and learn to accomplish what the older children are working on.
All classrooms at MSK follow a three year multi-age cycle. The Casa program houses children from 2½ to 6 years of age and the lower elementary classroom houses children 6 to 9 years of age. Respectfully, Upper Elementary will house children aged 9 to 12 years, thus grades or level 4, 5 and 6. The benefits to this method of teaching are endless. Primarily, the greatest benefit lies in the children remaining in the same classroom, ideally with the same teachers, and some of the same children for a three-year cycle.
Most psychologists agree that a large portion of a child’s intelligence and social characteristics are formed between 3 to 4 years of age. Maria Montessori also found that a child of early preschool age is sensitive to order, coordination, concentration and independence. Therefore, it is ideal to begin a child in a Montessori program between the ages of 3 to 4 years so that they can maximize their developmental sensitivities and intellectual needs. A strong foundation will then be built within the child where they will carry with them for all of their future learning and living endeavors.
At MSK we believe that consistency and routine help build a true solid foundation of Montessori knowledge. Therefore, we highly recommend that children that are between the ages of 2½ to 3½ should attend school for five mornings or afternoons a week as per rules set out by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (please see enclosed pamphlet). Children that are 4 and 5 years of age should attend five full days a week. This decision ultimately depends on the needs of the child. It is also important to note that a child starting at 2½ may attend the Casa Program for 4 years depending on their birth date (for example: if your child is born December 31st, 2002 and turns 6 years in 2008, this child is eligible to enter grade 1. If a child’s birthday is after December 31st, 2002, they are not eligible to attend grade 1 in the upcoming scholastic year. This regulation is mandated under the Ministry of Education.)