Petite Maison Montessori

Petite Maison Montessori is dedicated to providing an enriching and challenging educational environment where each child’s natural curiosity and interest is explored and cultivated. Multilingualism promotes intercultural dialogue and emphasizes that we are all part of one world.​

The Montessori Toddler Program (18 to 36 months)

We begin to welcome children into our Montessori toddler program at around 18 months. The class ratio is 1:5 with a cosy limit of 10 children.

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The Casa Program (3-6 years old)

We offer 2 spacious Casa classrooms for children with a mixed age group of those 3 to 6 years old. The class ratio is 1:8 with a maximum of 24 children per class at a time.

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Extended Care

We offer extended care at the school so that children are welcome from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Summer Camp (4-10 years old) [CANCELLED IN 2020 DUE TO COVID-19]

Registration for our amazing summer camp programs begins after March Break.

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Petite Maison Montessori

Montessori 3 Year Program

Our Curriculum

Practical Life

“Help me do it myself.” Upon entering our casa classrooms, children are exposed to a variety of Practical Life activities. They learn to carry out a task from beginning to end...

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Language

“No one but a child can learn to perfect as many languages as he hears spoken.” A child’s phenomenal ability to master languages will be nourished...

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Math

The Montessori Method presents math in a way that is interesting, reassuring and gratifying. The child’s ordinary environment is used to make the learning of math practical...

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Sensorial

“The way to the brain is through the hands.” Sensorial materials help children classify and distinguish differences in size...

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Cultural Studies

Children have a natural curiosity about the world in which they live. In a very short time they realize that there is a world...

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Enrollment Process

Admissions

Inquiry

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Tour of the School

Set up an appointment to attend a half hour observation of one of our classrooms…

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Applications

After having an opportunity to read all applicable information, complete…

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Acceptance

Acceptance of a child is based on several factors, including…

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Waiting List

Applicants who have been accepted for all reasons other than space available…

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Placement

Families will be notified of class placement in June and will be invited to our… 

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We offer a 3-year Casa Program including preschool, JK and SK for children ages 2 ½ to 5 included. First year children should be 3 years old by Dec. 31st of the year they begin or they will be considered for our Prep program. All children are expected to be toilet-trained by the time they begin in our program.

Please see our current Fee Schedule for more details. With the exception of our June closing day, we typically follow the Toronto District School Board Calendar.

Please observe all holidays and Professional Activity Days in our annual Calendar.

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Students

Highlights of PMM

Two snacks and a hot lunch are provided daily. Our facility offers a large, fully equipped playground with safety rubberized surfacing and a private parking zone. We offer a 4 week summer ART-LINGO (arts and languages) camp every July.

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Education

Montessori Education

“The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.” This freedom of exploration is made possible through our “prepared environment” calling forth each child’s natural desire to work. The classrooms have been carefully designed to meet a child’s need for observation, reflection and concentration, working both independently and in small groups. Independent activity constitutes about 80% of the work in the classrooms while teacher-directed activity accounts for the remaining 20%. The reverse is true for traditional education. Petite Maison Montessori is one of a very few ACCREDITED Montessori schools in the G.T.A.

Famous Montessori People

There are quite a number of famous and successful people who, in some form or another, have a Montessori connection. Check some interesting names below:

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google.com
Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, Amazon.com
Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbook
Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Constanze in Amadeus)
Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rap star, music mogul

Bill and Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James, television executive and actress
Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others)
Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
Patty Duke Austin, actress
Cher Bono, singer-actress
Michael Douglas, singer-actress
Yul Brynner, actor
Marcy Carcy, TV producer
Shari Lewis, puppeteer
Yo Yo Ma, cellist
David Blaine , street magician

Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States
Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school
Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher
Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school
Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher
President Wilson’s daughter, trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson’s presidency
Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method

With respect to early childhood education, Dr. Maria Montessori was a visionary ahead of her time. She developed materials & methods founded on her belief that every child wishes to learn, given the proper materials &  environment. She believed every child possesses an innate desire for learning. She recognized children as having an “absorbent mind” – constantly exploring their surrounding environment.

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