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Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori
Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori
3525 W. 24th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1L5
Contact name:
Laurie Mossop

Phone number:
(778) 371-4659×
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Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori

Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori

3525 W. 24th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1L5

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Grades (Gender):
Preschool to SK (Coed)
$4,500 to 7,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 40 (Gr. PS - SK)

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Contact Name:
Laurie Mossop

Phone Number:

School Address
3525 W. 24th Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, V6S 1L5

About this school:

A Montessori education helps children develop themselves to their full potential and to develop a life-long love of learning in a safe, stimulating, creative, and positive social environment. Children who attend Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori enjoy a rich and varied experience. While here they have the opportunity to: explore, learn, socialize, communicate, care for one another, problem solve, and to just be kids. They love coming here; everything about the school was developed with their needs in mind.

Principal's Message


Laurie Mossop, Director and Founder

I founded Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori in 2007 because I wanted to give back to my community.  I grew up in Vancouver, attended UBC, and did my AMI Montessori teacher training in Vancouver.  After working at a few other schools, both in Vancouver and abroad, I felt that I could make a positive contribution to families here by creating a new Montessori preschool and kindergarten. 

I wanted to create a school where Montessori is practiced in a traditional way i.e. where the classroom environment is calm and conducive to learning and where children constantly interact with one another, explore, and have fun.  I wanted to create a friendly and peaceful environment where children know each other well and are known by the adults who care for them.  I wanted to help children find that perfect balance between being respectful of others while at the same time being self-expressed and following their own impulses and interests.  Finally I wanted to create a program with the classical Montessori elements but also enriched by outdoor play and physical education as I believe these things to be so critical to children's healthy development. 

Every time I enter the classroom, I see evidence of cooperation, enjoyment, engagement, and cognitive growth in the children.  I also see the patient and skillful guidance which my staff members provide to the chidlren in their care.  I feel proud of the students and proud of what my staff members, parent community, and I have built over the years.  Now, my own daughter attends the school and my son will start as soon as he's 2.5. 

Feel free to make an appointment to watch the classroom in action and see whether the school would be a good fit for you and your family.  I'm always available to discuss the program in more detail with you.


Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

  • Play-based
  • Montessori
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Academic

Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

What MSMD Montessori says: Children are curious about their world at a young age; they want to know about everything. We give them the tools and the atmosphere to facilitate this learning in a fun, exploratory, and hands on way in a safe and creative space. Our teachers give lessons to individuals or to small groups and guide the children through the curriculum at their own pace. Children have a lot of freedom to choose their activities and they learn to cooperate and get along with others. Music, outdoor play, and gym are incorporated. Cognitive, emotional, physical and social development occur from our program.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What MSMD Montessori says: Montessori classrooms use hands-on, concrete math materials to give your child a solid understanding of mathematical concepts . Children start math around the age of 4 with numbers 1-10. Next they learn about the decimal system with numbers up to 1000 (they love the big numbers!).

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What MSMD Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What MSMD Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What MSMD Montessori says: We show children how to break words into their separate sounds (the word cat is formed from 'cuh','aah', and 'tuh') . Next, we show children how to associate each sound with the correct letter. Children do this by tracing letters made of sandpaper and learning the sound each letter makes. This tracing is their introduction to writing. After they trace it, children may write the letter on a chalkboard then eventually on paper. Concurrently, they may use cut-out letters to start forming words and phrases. We also teach sound combinations (ch, oo, ea etc.). Eventually, we encourage story writing and illustrating. We start using lower case print letters and introduce capitals and cursive letters once print letters have been mastered. Spelling isn't emphasized but the children work with many printed words and labels so they pick it up eventually.

    Science Expository

      Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What MSMD Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What MSMD Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What MSMD Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What MSMD Montessori says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What MSMD Montessori says: We have access to a full sized gym and have a range of physical education equipment at our disposal: mats, balance beam, mini-trampoline, hockey sticks and nets, child sized basketball hoop, balls, bean bags, hoops, ribbons, jump ropes, scarves, discs etc. We teach fundamental skills in gymnastics, various sports, dance, and yoga as well as allow plenty of time for group games and free exploration.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What MSMD Montessori says: We do not offer religious instruction.

    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What MSMD Montessori says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What MSMD Montessori says: We have the learning materials and the teaching expertise for our children to go far in their learning. Many of our children do indeed outpace their peers in many academic areas (especially in math, music, and creative writing) and are accepted into good private schools for grade 1. However, we do not expect all students to reach these goals and we also place a high priority on social skills, problem solving, cooperation, and a love of learning. We want our students to feel self-confident and to be ready for life and for later schooling, not get the best test scores.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What MSMD Montessori says: We want our students to enjoy school, to feel self confident, to be able to problem solve without fear of making a mistake, to be able to approach people and get their needs met, and to be able to collaborate with others. We believe that helping children develop these emotional and social skills as well as helping them learn academic subject matter and intellectual skills will best serve them later in life both inside the classroom and outside of it.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    MSMD Montessori offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Summary: The Montessori pedagogy can accommodate many different kinds of atypical children. Because the lessons are given in small groups or one-on-one, the teachers can tailor them to suit the learning style and abilities of the student. For example, lessons could be made shorter or non-verbally or given in any physical area of the classroom. Our materials are multi-sensory and appeal to a variety of learners. However, we have a 10:1 child to teacher ratio so any child enrolled in the class would need to be able to function somewhat independently (e.g. use the WC, interact appropriately with other children, not be so loud as to prohibit the other students from learning) or would need to have an aide brought in and paid for privately.

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    MSMD Montessori does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade K, Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    MSMD Montessori 0 mins0 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to K


    What MSMD Montessori says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Field Hockey
    • Clubs offered: None

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What MSMD Montessori says: We try to keep tuition fees affordable for families while still providing a full set of high quality Montessori materials which are in good working order.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day10%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 40
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Gender (grades)Preschool to SK (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment3073



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What MSMD Montessori says:

    Please contact us for a school tour and application package.  We do bi-annual Information Sessions (one in October and one in February) but if you miss them, arrangements can be made for an individual school tour.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori is looking for: Every year we have new spaces open up in our preschool program for approximately eight new 2.5-3.5 year olds in each of our 2 classes. This is the ideal age to start a Montessori program. The curriculum is designed to start at this age and the beginning exercises appeal to this age group. The exercises are developmentally appropriate for this age and are multi sensory in nature. That is, we use a variety of teaching and learning strategies which will allow different types of learners to master many different skills. Thus almost any child of this age will feel success at our school. We accept any child in this age category on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority given to siblings of current and past students. We occasionally accept a few new 4 year old children into our classes, depending on their language abilities, previous schooling, and character. Sometimes children who enter a Montessori program for the first time at the age of 4 have difficulty adapting to such a different learning environment from a play-based preschool. Furthermore, children who are already 4 don't want to start at the beginning of our curriculum as the exercises no longer appeal to them. Thus their grasp of some of the basic skills central to the Montessori program may be weaker than students who begin the program at the age of 3. We only accept our own students or students who have at least 1 year of Montessori preschool from another AMI affiliated school into our senior kindergarten program. Students who try to start the Montessori program at the age of 5 often become frustrated at school because they are unable to complete the tasks which their peers are doing (like counting the 1000 chain), their self-confidence suffers, and their behaviour worsens. We don't compare students to each other but they always compare themselves to each other. Children who have a lot of screen time at home often have difficulty adapting to the slower pace and more active learning style of a Montessori classroom. They are used to passive learning and resist our methods and our encouragement of repetition. These children need a lot of support from their parents and a reduction in their allotted screen time before they will have success with us.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    8 - 10 (100%)2 - 4 (50%)0 - 1 (10%)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Both Our Daughters Thrived Here

    “Both our daughters thrived in this environment and when our eldest went to Lord Kitchener Elementary, which is across the road, she adjusted well and  is currently doing extremely well academically.  We have been very happy with the teachers and style of teaching at Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori, which really imparts a sense of self-directedness. I am definitely a fan of keeping the children in the program for the full 3 years, including kindergarten. The final year seems to bring everything together and solidify the Montessori principles.“


    Reading and Math But Also Every Day Skills Are Encouraged

    “I would recommend Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori to any parent. The school is clean, orderly, and generally well organized. The guides are trained and have a genuine care and interest in the development of the children. What I also like as a parent is that not only are reading and math taught but also every day skills are encouraged.”


    Why We Chose Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori

    I was chatting with a parent (Janet) the other day about why she chose our school over the other Montessori schools in the area.  I was pleased by her story and decided to share it here:

    "We chose Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori (MSMDM) for our son after observing quite a few different Montessori preschools.  The other schools didn't feel right to us; the children there seemed detached from their environment.  When we visited MSMDM, a little girl walked right up to us and said "hello."  The warmth and friendliness of the little girl that was so engaged in her environment at MSMDM was everything.  It made our decision easy."


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