Westbrook Montessori Academy - Mississauga, Ontario - A CCMA Accredited School - Call us now at... (905) 826-4648

Articles

By Sofia Coraines

Maria Montessori was an early pioneer in childhood education who was born in 1870 and lived in Italy. In her early childhood she grew up in Rome which was a paradise of libraries, fine schools and very good schools. She was a very good student and enjoyed studying.

She applied for medical school at the University of Rome, but was originally rejected, so she took on additional coursework to better prepare. She ultimately was accepted and became one of the first women in Italy to become a doctor.

She focused on psychiatry in her earlier years as a physician and developed a deep interest in childhood education, involving herself in more studies in educational theory. She observed also the current methods of the day for teaching children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Then she was given the opportunity in 1907 of opening a brand new center for childcare that was located in an inner city area of Rome. This eventually became the first learning center of quality, or a Casa Dei Bambini, for younger children. The kids were very difficult to control at first, but they began to calm down with Montessori's use of puzzles, materials where the children could manipulate things that taught math, and learning all about preparing meals. She concluded that the children absorbed knowledge by observing their surroundings and in that process, they actually taught themselves.

Montessori Method

The success of the school became widely known and by 1910 the Montessori type of education had become well known throughout the world, as Maria was in great demand. She spent the rest of her life dedicated to her cause lecturing and teaching others to follow her footsteps by using the Montessori methods.

The actual method of instruction in the Montessori method involves children in mixed age groups of 2 1/2 or 3 years to 6 years old. The students have a range of prescribed choices of what they are actually going to pursue in the way of an activity, within a range of options. Generally a block of time lasts for a period for about 3 hours.

The main thrust of the program involves a discovery type of teaching, or a constructive theory where the students adapt to learning concepts from the working with the various materials, as opposed to the direct instruction technique.

Montessori Materials

All of the materials that are used for the students's classwork are materials that were specially designed by Montessori herself and have been successfully used for years in her schools. There is always a lot of freedom of movement allowed from withing the classroom, as the students are not required to remain formally in seats. There is always a trained Montessori teacher available in the classroom.

Montessori teaching emphasizes a pedagogical approach to teaching where teaching of children is involved, and the emphasis is also made in the teaching of social and practical skills along with the academic side of the teaching equation, thus creating a well-rounded student.

Accepting 2014 Top Choice Award

Accepting 2015 Top Choice Award

What Others are Saying About Us...

"At the end of this school year, we, Raymond Gu's father and mother, want to thank you for all the work you did to help Raymond through the last four years.

We still remember the first day Raymond came to school. He was so attracted by the materials and didn't notice that we left quietly. When we came back in the afternoon, there were tears still in his eyes and he was playing in the teacher's arms. That was the first day Raymond left us for so long, and the first day of his school experience. 

Raymond is now happy to go to school every day. He enjoys reading, spelling, counting, writing, drawing, singing, dancing and playing school is so fun. The teachers are so kind. He has learned the skills required in his daily life. He has become more knowledgeable of the world around him. He has been taught how to behave, how to help, how to be a team player, which will help him his whole life. Even our friends were surprised that he has the knowledge of grade one or two. 

We had such a good experience with Westbrook Montessori and cannot thank Mr. Riz and the teachers enough."

CCMA Accredited School:

The Canadian Council Of Montessori Administrators Accredited School

Westbrook Montessori Academy offers an authentic Montessori curriculum and is a CCMA Accredited School.

Westbrook Montessori Academy
7227 Copenhagen Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2C6, Canada
Phone :  (905) 826-4648