Halifax Montessori

Programmes

Playgroup, Nursery, Kindergarten & Before and After School Care

Children are unique individuals and with that in mind our Montessori Programmes are designed to address the developmental needs of each child. We are here to assist them achieve their goals every step of the way. Each programme builds on the one before it, providing appropriate challenges to the child's skill levels thus engaging the child's interest in pursing and acquiring new knowledge. We Offer Four Distinct Programmes.

  • Playgroup : 1.5 months - 3 years
  • Nursery : 3 - 4 years
  • Kindergarten : 5 - 6 years
  • Before & After School Care : 7 - 12 years

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday

Full Day - 07.00am - 07.00pm

Half Day - Morning Session : 07.00am - 01.00pm

Half Day - Afternoon Session : 01.00pm - 07.00pm

Saturday

Child Caring Service : Morning Half Day

FLEXI PROGRAMME

3 times weekly for children under 3 years old, only available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the half day afternoon session

Our Montessori Curriculum

All our classrooms are laid out with the 5 areas of focus in the Montessori Method. The child has the freedom to choose to work on any material from these 5 areas. Each area is equipped with a full set of graded hands-on materials for concrete learning. These 5 areas integrate for the total development of the child:

  1. photograph of student playing games Exercises of Practical Life This area develops the child’s fine and gross muscular coordination, independence and sense of order. The materials of Practical Life also help to nurture self-care and care for the environment.
  2. Education This area refines the child’s five senses and permits the child to form new concepts through experience and exercise. These sensori-motor activities also provide experience in mathematics, reading, science and music.
  3. Mathematics A wide range of carefully designed materials and activities are used to illustrate, discuss, compare, understand and reinforce the numerical and other abstract mathematical concepts.
  4. Language Skills Language skills involve listening, speaking, reading and writing. Music, speech and drama, creative art and craft are used as language teaching tools. We accentuate three language teaching approaches which are the graded phonic method, the language experience approach and the interrelated skills. Every classroom is a bilingual environment which puts emphasis on English and Mandarin immersion.
  5. Cultural Education In this area, subjects such as history, geography, biology and general sciences are being introduced to help develop personality, adaptation and tolerance to different cultures, awareness of our environment and love for the nature. OUR NON-MONTESSORI CURRICULUM We also supplement our Montessori curriculum with Music and Movement, Speech & Drama, Cookery and Art & Craft sessions conducted by professionals in their respective areas. Field trips are conducted on a regular basis to complement our curriculum themes. Outdoor play and physical education is also a regular feature in the school curriculum. The children, with the help of their teachers put up an annual Concert and Graduation Ceremony towards the end of the year. Community Service is also introduced to the children to sow the seed of compassion from young.

OUR NON-MONTESSORI CURRICULUM

 

photograph of children performingWe also supplement our Montessori curriculum with Music and Movement, Speech & Drama, Cookery and Art & Craft sessions conducted by professionals in their respective areas. Field trips are conducted on a regular basis to complement our curriculum themes. Outdoor play and physical education is also a regular feature in the school curriculum. The children, with the help of their teachers put up an annual Concert and Graduation Ceremony towards the end of the year. Community Service is also introduced to the children to sow the seed of compassion from young.

Chinese Language

photograph of students learning the Chinese language

Our school places great emphasis on bilingualism as we strongly believe that bilingualism is an asset, not a liability. Each class has an English speaking and a Chinese speaking teacher who conduct their respective circle time activities at the designated time slots but simultaneously operating in the classroom, during outdoor play and also on field trips, immersing the children in a simultaneous bilingual environment. This arrangement is based on studies which found children perform better when they are exposed to natural language, where the focus is on communication rather than in "a formal environment, where focus is on the conscious acquisition of linguistic rules or the manipulation of linguistic forms.

Our past experience shows that this method develops the child's language proficiency in both languages while promoting academic achievement. Studies have shown that an important aspect of the language learning environment seems to be the availability of visible referents, talking about what is present and observable helps the child understand and is thus crucial to acquiring language. Hence our classrooms have both Chinese and English literature and visual aids.

Riding on the amazing capacity that children have to learn language in the early years of their lives, we aim to provide our children with a strong foundation of the Chinese language so that they will continue to love the language in the future.

photo of children doing Chinese calligraphy

Reading

photograph of mother and child reading
Photograph of teacher teaching English

Our Nursery and Kindergarten class children are offered The Fitzroy Literacy Programme as  a supplementary reading programme. These readers are carefully crafted so as to use only the words that children are ready to read for themselves. Each reader introduces a new sound and new special words. The Fitzroy materials also include activity books, audio tapes, CD and computer software.

Photograph of kids reading

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