The children who graduate from Montessori Pointe Claire Prekindergarten become leaders and have a very positive experience at school. These children have mastered not only their academic skills, but more importantly they have become very strong socially.
By exposing the children to all topics including languages, art, music, science, mathematics, sports, health, by having visitors to class and by going on excursions, the children become prepared for anything they are given in kindergarten.
These children have self-confidence, they are independent thinkers, they can problem solve and have been taught how to team work effectively.
We are proud of our prekindergarten graduates. We hear from parents once children have started “big” school, and we are always thrilled to learn of the success stories.
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Every child at Montessori learns at their own pace, there is no pressure, but they are offered the activities they enjoy at their level, to start their academics. By playing and having fun with number and letter games, all our prekindergarten students will understand addition, subtraction, and will start early phonetic reading.
All work is done both in English and in French with additional Spanish instruction.
- Recognizing the letters of the alphabet
- Associating the sounds with the letters
- Vowels, long and short
- Matching words
- Sounding out words
- Starting to read phonetically and with word recognition
- Cleaning and care of the environment
- Grace and courtesy
- Knowing the names of the numbers
- Understanding the quantities associated with the numbers
- Adding and subtracting simple numbers
- Understanding the decimal system (units, tens, hundreds, thousands)
- Understanding numbers from 10 to 20 (the “teens”)
- Adding more complex numbers
- Understanding plants
- Learning about native animals in Quebec
- Understanding animals: insects, mammals, amphibians, etc.
- Performing educational science experiments with a science instructor
- The science of weather and the seasons
- Days of the week
- Learning about the planets and space
- Explaining the human body
We provide the children with multiple activities designed to foster the child’s imagination and creativity. According to Maria Montessori, each child has a “sensitive soul” that helps him become a developed individual. Studies also clearly demonstrate that there are links between creativity and problem solving ability.
- Lessons once a week given by our music specialist
- Musical activities in class with our teachers
- Creating our own orchestra
- Singing and dance activities
- Learning about different types of music during our theme weeks
- Special events with professional musicians
- Discovering instruments
- Free play craft-time, making our very own art projects to encourage creativity and develop fine motor skills
- Painting and other art media
- Crafts with our Arts and Crafts specialist
- Crafts with our teachers for special occasions
- Face painting
- Outdoor crafts (e.g., chalk art, painting in the snow)
- Puppet shows with our puppet theatre and puppets
- Dress up box
- Dress up in costume from home days
- Funny hat days
- Theatre groups performing with actors and/or with puppets at our school as a special event
- Music and movement theatre class with a specialist
Movement is a vital component of brain development. Through non-competitive activities the children are encouraged to be physically active and learn how to be in control of their movements.
Aerobics and Sports
- Games with balls, hoola hoops, balloons, scarves
- Basic aerobic steps
- Miini relay races
- Musical chair “party” type games
- Freeze dance
- Outdoor introduction to sports
- Children’s Olympic-style game
- Games with our friends
- Games on the playground equipment
- Sand play
- During the summer we play outdoors twice a day and in the winter once a day (after snack in the morning)
You may register your child for these programs, there is an additional fee
- Wimgym gymnastics (Kindergym program offered at the Wimgym facilities)
- Swimming lessons (at the Aquatic Centre in Pointe Claire)
- Karate classes
- Yoga classes
At Montessori Pointe Claire, with the help of their teachers, the children become autonomous. They are not afraid to do things for themselves, to ask for assistance when necessary, and equally important, they have learnt to help others.
- Getting along nicely with our classmates and friends
- Being able to wait for our turn
- Learning to work cooperatively in a group
- Learning to lead a group
- Being confident
- Learning to problem solve
- Knowing when to ask for a teachers assistance if needed
- Speaking to a group
- Performing in front of a group
- Being able to focus during a performance
- Learning to express feelings
- Learning the limits of our behaviour
- Being polite
- Learning how to set the table correctly
- Having the confidence to ask questions and participate in a group discussion