October was 1000 Acts of Kindness throughout the school. This year, the Lower Elementary students’ charity was Salthaven Animal Rehabilitation Centre located in Mount Brydges. The centre is run by Brian Salt and a team of over 300 volunteers that provide health care and rehabilitation to sick, wounded or orphaned wildlife. Last year the centre […]
Montessori Academy in the Community
Montessori Academy of London may seem like a dot on the map compared to the vast network of publically funded schools in the city. But despite our size, we have a huge impact on the community through our unique approach to education that’s equal parts innovation and tradition.
A Montessori education allows children to develop at their own pace while teaching them that independence does not equal isolation. We are all part of a greater community and each one of us can have a positive effect on our world.
Whether we’re raising funds for worthy organizations or partnering with local business to support their success, MA programs support our vision of a community of confident, compassionate and engaged citizens who think globally, act responsibly and collaborate successfully to create a humane world.
Below are some of the many stories that highlight our students’ work in the community.
Friends of the Fresh Food Frenzy Growing Chefs! Ontario’s innovative program has roots in Montessori Academy of London’s curriculum. “Montessori Academy has been incredibly open to working with us,” explains Growing Chefs! Ontario Executive Director Andrew Fleet, whose fresh idea – a local, farm-to-table food education initiative – has been growing in popularity since it first […]
Each year, our Junior High students coordinate “CHF Events” that raise money to support the Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Programs. For a small donation, all of our students can wear summery clothing on Beach Day or dress in cozy PJs on Pyjama Day. Other events and projects throughout the year also support hospital programs that […]
During the school year, the Junior High “micro-economy,” a social enterprise/business that re-invests its profits in charities and social programs, makes and sells goods to support local charities, including Anova (formerly Women’s Community House). Junior High students also regularly assemble Halloween and Holiday goodie bags for the children staying at Anova. Those goodie bags – […]
Our pre-school aged Casa classes at all of MA’s locations united last year to collect donations for Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre. The Montessori approach to education is all-encompassing. Maria Montessori wrote, “Education should not limit itself to seeking new methods for a mostly arid transmission of knowledge: its aim must be to give […]
Each autumn, students collect canned goods and donate their time (and non-perishable goods) at the London Food Bank to help sort donations. Our Upper Elementary students roll up their sleeves and get to work sorting the skid loads of donated food items and preparing hampers for individuals and families in need. The food bank serves […]
Every two years the Academy’s students in Years 6-8 and MA Alumni in Grade 9 are offered the opportunity to travel on behalf of ME to WE for a service trip to Ecuador. It’s an incredible, life-changing experience and opportunity for students to do hands-on charitable work and learn about a different culture.
In 2013-2014, the Academy was approached by Immaculate Namukasa, PhD, who will study how math is learned in Montessori – and how teachers learn to teach the Montessori approach to math. Working with researchers, Montessori Academy helps spread a greater understanding of the Montessori method within the educational community while reinforcing our own commitment to […]
Over the last few years, MA has partnered with Devatree Yoga School’s HeartRise Children’s Yoga training – to the benefit of all involved! As part of their practicum, the new HeartRise yoga teachers are required to deliver a yoga class to children in front of their instructors. The elementary students get a taste of yoga, […]
Through our partnership with the iSEE Vision Screening Program, the Academy demonstrates a commitment to the health and wellbeing of children – and research and further education. Currently, there is no mandated routine eye examination for this age group (18 months-4 years old) to ensure that eye conditions are detected in a timely manner by […]