Our Programs

Toddler & Casa / Preschool Program

Toddler Level (18 months – 3 years)

Research in neuroscience, pediatrics, and psychology has proven time and again that Toddler and Preschool aged children are moving through the most critical period in their educational and emotional development (see Foundations of Learning). They move in a very concrete world and thrive on experiencing the world through their senses; seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and feeling. They can see that a pumpkin is orange and a frog is green, but they don’t know why, and aren’t particularly interested in finding out. They are simply thrilled by the notion that they can sense that difference.

Toddler with torch held high
Toddlers are characterized by:
  • Eagerness to explore, with all the senses
  • Search for independence
  • Love of and a sensitivity to language
  • Need for order to establish security and independence
  • Period of “the absorbent mind”

Our Toddler program is based specifically on the needs of children 18 months to 3 years of age. In a warm and inviting indoor and outdoor environment, the children find activities they love and are given many opportunities to explore the outdoors, engage in the arts, and enjoy group activities.

They’re provided opportunities to develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally, and develop an awareness of others through their activities as members of a community. They experience an increased level of confidence in a setting with established routines that support their independence.

We offer our Toddler program at our downtown and Westmount locations; this program supports the child’s needs for a sleep period, healthy lunch and snack times, daily physical activity, and developing toileting independence.

Casa (Preschool) Level (3 – 6 years)

The Casa level is part of the same highly critical educational and emotional development period as the Toddler level, however within this period children transform themselves from the unconscious development of a toddler, to the conscious development of a preschooler (see Foundations of Learning). They continue to be firmly rooted in the concrete world; they thrive on exploration of the world with their senses and begin to make more challenging sensory observations.

In the Casa level, the children are given activities that are deliberately designed to have them experience abstract theories in concrete form. This is done so that as they move into higher levels of education, the children are well prepared to understand abstract theories found in math and the sciences.

The Casa program continues to be based on the key characteristics and needs of children ages 3 to 6 years, including:

  • Eagerness to explore, with all the senses
  • Search for independence
  • Love of and sensitivity to language
  • Need for order to establish security and independence
  • Period of “the absorbent mind”

The Casa program first introduces the three-year age groupings that correspond to stages of child development, and are an integral feature of traditional Montessori education. During this period, the level of exploration explodes along with the child’s significant cognitive development.

In the Casa program, children engage in the Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Culture (including Science, Geography and History), and Math areas. They are consciously supported by Montessori-trained teachers who direct, guide, and carefully observe the child to be fully aware of his or her development. New material is introduced to the child as he or she is ready for it, and it is not unusual for children to leave the Casa level at the age of 6 with highly developed reading and writing skills, the ability to do simple math, and a thirst to move on to the elementary program.

The Casa level also features programs in French and Music & Movement, including a variety of in-class and outdoor movement activities, a music program, and physical development with a trained physical education specialist. There is also a focus on the development of independence and respect, which are demonstrated inside and outside the classroom.

Canada Wide Early Learning Child Care program statement

Montessori Academy of London, with unanimous support from its Board of Governors, has decided to opt out of the Canada Wide Early Learning Child Care program (CWELCC). This decision was made after months of research, consultation and discussion with many parties, including other accredited Montessori schools. We are first and foremost a school, and are committed to the sustainability of our whole program, which serves children 18 months to 14 years of age. We are also committed to Montessori education because we strongly believe it provides children the best start in life. 

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What People Are Saying…

  • As I’m sure all parents do, we worried a bit about the high school transition. We are pleased to say that our daughter has managed the transition well, seems to be adjusting to the differences in the public system and is happy. …We just wanted to say thank you to everyone at MA who has contributed to her growth and development. Providing our girls a Montessori education may be the single best investment we have ever made. 

    – A. Walton, Alumni Parent

  • IQ tests of children educated according to the Montessori method revealed they enjoyed a higher level of intelligence than the children educated according to the traditional method.

    Source: “The Impact of Montessori Teaching Method on IQ Levels of 5-Year-Old Children,” Ahmadpour & Mujembari. Procedia. Social and Behavioral Sciences. Oct. 9, 2015.

    – Montessori Research

  • Montessori instilled a sense of accountability about getting work done; how to set a plan and follow it through.

    – Mandy van Waes, Class of 2006, Alumni

  • Your school reflects unbelievable commitment and true positive leadership… The values of thoughtfulness, consideration, sensitivity and respect were so palpable – and clear to see – and permeated every aspect of what I experienced while there (visiting)… Please do convey to your staff how enormously impressed I was by everything I saw and heard, and how privileged I felt to be able to enjoy that ‘bird’s eye view’ of a very special place.

    – Visiting Educator, Visitor

  • Grace’s Montessori education continues to pay dividends in terms of how she approaches and operates in the world.

    – S. Foulon, Alumni Parent

  • My daughter is fairly new to Montessori and had taken to the educators and the environment ‘like a duck to water.’ I never imagined her transition would be so smooth. She loves going to school to join her friends and her learning curve since starting early this year is astounding. How many 2 year olds can tell the difference between a toad and a red-eyed tree frog? It’s a joy to take her every morning and see her get so excited about seeing everyone. I wish I had sent her older sister (to MA) when she was a toddler. The children truly flourish (at MA).

    – Parent, Toddler Program Letter

  • In short, we love Montessori Academy of London Toddler Program and we know our sons do too. We feel that it has contributed to our sons’ vocabulary, creativity, confidence, individuality, discipline and friendships. It is providing a vital foundation for their future learning and relationship building. The choice of this school over a traditional daycare was an easy decision for our family.

    – Parent, Toddler Program Letter

  • We value the many opportunities for parent involvement. You are able to join the children during ‘Open Class,’ where you get to take part in … and do classroom work with your child as well as other special events. Parent information nights regarding different aspects of the Montessori curriculum are also very helpful in terms of gaining new knowledge and skills on how to facilitate your own child’s development.

    – Parent, Toddler Program Letter

  • We see how the Toddler program fosters generosity, empathy, intellectual curiosity, the love of learning, self-confidence, focus and determination in our young daughter. We feel confident that the Montessori curriculum is meeting and exceeding our child’s learning and development needs and would not hesitate to recommend to others considering the program for their children.

    – Parent, Toddler Program Letter

  • I love that the children find activities they love within all areas, and are given many opportunities to explore the outdoors, engage in the arts, and enjoy group activities.

    – Joan Haskett

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