Kawartha Montessori School is the only CCMA accredited school in the Peterborough region offering authentic Montessori education to children 2½ to 14 years of age. Learn more about what we mean when we say “authentic Montessori.”
The Casa dei Bambini Program
The Casa dei Bambini program is for children 2½ to 6 years of age. Children at this age have a deep love of learning in all facets of life. They are driven to absorb and practice skills that provide greater independence, which is precisely why the environment of a Casa classroom is so full of engaging opportunities for the children.
Dr. Montessori always emphasized that the hand is the instrument of intelligence – the mind and hand must work together. There are no limits to the curriculum a child can explore. When a child leaves Casa and enters the Elementary program they do so with confidence, a love of work, a strong academic foundation, and skills of independence that allow them to pursue the new work of their next phase of development.
The Elementary program
The Elementary program is for children 6 to 12 years of age. Our Lower Elementary program is for children 6 to 9 years of age and our Upper Elementary program is for children 9 to 12 years of age. For an elementary age child this is a period of intense intellectual capacity. The children have boundless imaginations and a desire to go beyond their homes and classrooms to explore their culture and every aspect of the universe. They are drawn to social interactions and have a strong desire to understand social order, moral action, and how they fit within a community. These children are motivated by big challenges, large numbers, and important concepts. Their learning is woven into meaningful context of the larger and universal picture, the interdependence of life, and the interconnectedness of all peoples. In their final year, the elementary child has a deep understanding of the world and a strong skill base to move into the next plane of their development, the Adolescent Community.
The Middle School program
The Middle School program is for children 12 to 14 years. The Montessori approach to adolescent development addresses the most fundamental needs of the 12 to15 year old child: community and identity. The adolescent can develop a sense of who they are while they live, study, and work in a place where their strengths are recognized. In this diverse community adults and students collaborate, passions are uncovered, intellects are stimulated, and contributions have real meaning. Adolescents thrive in an environment where the use of the brain is partnered with the work of the hands. They develop true responsibility in a culture that models respect and expects hard work.
Adolescents are introduced to the workings of adult society: division of labour, commerce and exchange, discovery and innovation — while still immersed in the beauty of natural surroundings. They learn by living and by doing, as well as by studying. They connect what they learn to the solving of real problems and tasks. By the end of this stage of development, adolescents have developed a confidence for public speaking and making presentations; they have learned that work is serious and noble; they have discovered the importance of disciplined work and study habits; they have come to understand their own gifts and interests; they have gained both practical and emotional independence, and they still love to learn.
Admission into our Casa, Elementary, or Middle School Programs can begin at any time provided there is space available and the child is the appropriate age, demonstrates school readiness and is the right fit for the desired program. Registration for current families for the 2018/2019 school year opens in January 2018.
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