Enquiring Minds Montessori welcomes the opportunity to nurture and support young children of all ages from Toddler Level to Upper Elementary. The Montessori Learning Spaces are peaceful, happy places designed to meet the developmental needs of each child in every stage of learning. Children move freely throughout the environment, choosing activities that interest them, or working with our educators, individually, or in small groups. All our Programs strive to meet the child in age-appropriate ways, based on Dr. Montessori’s system of education.
Unique to Enquiring Minds Montessori is our extensive Arts Program bringing specialized classes in Movement, Music and Visual Arts. Core Arts Programs begin at the CASA level. Children receive weekly instruction in Tap, Acrobatics and Ballroom with an additional option of Ballet and/or Jazz. Yearly accreditation examinations are taken in these disciplines through The Royal Academy of Dance, the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, Acrobatic Arts Canada, and the Canadian Dancesport Federation.
Music education begins at the Toddler Level with SmartStart, a Royal Conservatory of Music early childhood program and progresses to Practical Examinations in Violin performance, also through the RCM. Our Visual Arts curriculum includes drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, photography as well as film arts. This is a comprehensive study that compliments the child’s Montessori curriculum.
The Language Enrichment Program begins at the CASA Level where students are introduced to Mandarin and then French in CASA 3. Language studies continues throughout the Elementary grades with four classes per week of instruction. Children studying at Enquiring Minds Montessori will exceed the language requirements as set out by the Ministry of Education FSL curriculum standards. The Mandarin Program will progress to standardize language tests with YCT and HSK.
We monitor our students’ wellness and progress, using Transparent Classroom, an online student database platform. Transparent Classroom allows parents/guardians to follow their child’s daily routine as well as their progress through their own parent portal. Our students progress is mapped in measurable increments using curriculum goals that ensure that they achieve and exceed the Ontario Ministry of Education standards.