At Blaisdale’s newest campus, children from 12 months to age 8 (expanding to age 12 as enrolment increases) take the Montessori approach to the next level with a full-sized gym and stage, plus 3 1⁄2 acres of grassy play areas to encourage their love of arts and sports. Founder Eleanor Wilson and superior qualified staff are wholly committed to giving your child the best through promoting self-discipline, self-respect, consideration for others and care of the environment. Come for a visit. You’ll be glad you did!
Our Take: Blaisdale Montessori School - Bowmanville
While the Montessori Method of instruction has been around for over a century, the earliest schools in Canada were founded in the 1960s, with TMS in Richmond Hill being perhaps the first in 1961. Blaisdale was founded in 1969, so it’s within that first cohort, and like them, has a high level of fidelity with the approach that Maria Montessori described in her writing and her work with children. It has grown considerably over the decades, though has chosen to establish sister schools—there are now 8 locations—rather than grow a single location. There are lots of benefits to that, and Blaisdale is party to all of them, including a breadth of resources also maintaining a small, close-knit family feel in all of its environments. Families are drawn by the reputation that the school has rightly gained through the decades of its life. They are looking for a program that is values based, on that reflects the surrounding community, and which remains true to the core of the Montessori approach. And that’s, very happily, exactly what they find.