AT ENQUIRING MINDS

Maria Montessori believed that while Academics may be the heart of education, the Arts are surely its soul. At Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa we have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a caring and challenging environment. We rejoice in the basic tenet of Montessori: children want to learn naturally. We believe that even the youngest child delights in observing and mastering how the world works. Our teachers respect each child’s individual interests and abilities. Children acquire an ability to learn, which is virtually unlimited. Free to explore in prepared environments, they develop a sense of purpose, process, and success.

HOW WE WORK

Our school is among the most spacious pre-school in Toronto. We offer rich and varied environments from individual activity tables to open floor areas that promote interaction; including an outdoor science and play area to our 4500 square ft. gross motor skills and indoor playroom. Each of these environments invites exploration, and in total, fully meets the developmental needs of young children. Nearly everything within our walls is child-sized. Children “work” with authentic new Montessori materials including a wide range of high-quality, age appropriate materials – objects such as wooden geometric solids, textured fabrics, and glass beads, to name just a few. All of our materials are designed to be self-teaching, our children learn to solve problems, see natural connections in knowledge, learn skills related to practical living, and therefore, expand their imaginative thinking. Further, our students benefit by a complete range of extracurricular activities from art, language, music and movements classes.

BUILDING LIFELONG LEARNERS

“The children are not free to do as they like. Instead they are free to work: engage in a sustained and prolonged activity while, at the same time, learning how to behave in a community of others.”

– Maria Montessori

Operating on the principle of freedom, within limits, Enquiring Minds Montessori Casa inspires children to work at their own pace, alone or with others. Our teachers, AMI and ECE/NNEB trained, encourage the growth of self-motivated, independent children by balancing active, self-directed learning with small group collaboration and peer teaching. Class comprises of a range of ages and abilities. Older, more experienced children take on the role of peer mentors, reinforcing their own skills and experiencing the responsibilities of leadership through helping others. Younger children, in turn, enjoy the daily stimulation of older role models, while children of all ages learn to respect each other in a warm atmosphere of acceptance and joy!

A COMMITMENT TO LEARNING

“Our aim is not to make the children understand, and still less to force them to memorize, but so to touch their imagination as to enthuse them to their innermost core”

– Maria Montessori

WHY CHOOSE ENQUIRING MINDS?

  • We provide a caring and empowering environment for your child to grow
  • Our staff are experienced professionals that are compassionate to your child’s needs
  • Our facilities are clean and meet all provincial safety standards
  • Our learning environment incorporates exploration in both academics and the arts
  • Core activities include: theatre, instrumental music and visual arts
  • Enrichment activities include: language, dance and vocal arts
  • Students participate in monthly educational excursions with transportation provided
  • Monthly guest visits by professionals in the community, help to enlighten children in the world outside of the classroom
  • We provide a cost effective extended daycare program with stimulating activities for your child

 

September 2017 registrations are now being accepted, space is limited! Please call us at 416-298-9938 for more information.

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