The Thirst for Knowledge
Elementary students are in search of answers, always wanting to know why? and how?, with the answers invariably leading to more questions. They are natural investigators of the physical and social worlds around them, inspired to conduct research by their thirst for more knowledge.
The elementary programme provides a holistic education for social development, emotional well-being, and high academic engagement. A multi-age classroom of grades 1 to 3 allows for peer learning and mentorship along with personalized programming from the seven areas of the curriculum:
- Language (English and French)
- Arts (music, visual, dramatic, and physical)
The core subjects are presented using an interdisciplinary approach and hands-on materials that appeal to the young child’s imagination. English and French-speaking guides offer a low student-to- teacher ratio, with the opportunity to work in both languages. The morning session is taught primarily in English, with the afternoon emphasizing instruction in French using the Montessori materials as well as the AIM method. Exploration of the local community and the utilization of its resources are also key components of the elementary program. Experiential education opportunities include cooking classes, workshops with local artists and authors, as well as visits to the planetarium and heritage sites.
As learning is a social process, students are encouraged to collaborate in all areas of work as a means of higher engagement, and to develop self-regulation, leadership, and cooperative skills. In the elementary years, children establish their concepts of social justice and moral behavior. This is supported in the Montessori classroom by guiding students to identify issues, resolve conflicts, and find solutions for themselves. The elementary programme also nurtures a sense of responsibility both in the classroom and broader community: students are accountable for participating in a variety of academic work, caring for their classroom and school environment, mentoring younger students, and respectful participation in neighbourhood outings.