When we looked for an early education experience for our eldest child, we were looking for a school that would provide an excellent learning environment and foster creativity, independence and social development. What we found at MFC St. Clair was not only that, we also found a true school home for ourselves as well as our children. We are so grateful for the time we were members of the MFC community. The dedication of the director and teachers was beyond my expectations.
We have 3 children, with 3 very different personalities who attended the school. Each child thrived at MFC. I especially appreciated how the teachers loved and tended to each child and appreciated each one's unique personalities and skill sets. The child I worried would have trouble adapting to a new school, came home within the week chatting about his new friends and brimming with pride of his appointed duty as "snack assistant". The child I worried would spend the majority of the time in a time-out had a teacher who would speak glowingly of his "energy and leadership potential" and how grateful she was to have him as a member of the classroom! Our shy child blossomed under the teacher's love and guidance and learned to become more independent and now is commonly described as "feisty". All 3 children filled our home with French words and songs from MFC. In fact, our children left MFC speaking more French than some of their peers in French immersion programs!
Our children continue to show respect and appreciation for the peers that I believe was built on the foundation set at MFC. They continue to take on challenging work in their schools and have a love of learning that was instilled in them by the outstanding staff at MFC St. Clair.
I will be forever grateful for the gift of MFC St. Clair and what it brought to our family.
Our son did the 3 year Casa program at MFC and I cannot rave enough about it. Not only did he learn actual facts about the world and the A,B,C's but he learned how to learn and how to be an independent learner. It is a warm, nurturing and respectful environment, with lots of creative and fun special events throughout the year. As an added bonus, they have a fantastic French language program. Tracey has created a little gem of a school.
"We could not imagine a better environment for our two children than the 4 years they each spent at the Montessori for Children on Alvin. Our son and our daughter both started between the ages of 2.5 and 3 years old. Our children have very different personalities and the school was perfect for both children, allowing them to thrive on their own and in group settings.
The program was perfectly balanced to allow our children to learn and grow in the unique ways necessary for each of them. The staff were enthusiastic and attentive to the needs of the children and a real bond was formed between the children and all of the teachers and staff. Both children graduated from the program as 6 year olds brimming with confidence, knowledge, a love of learning, and good friends. The learning concepts acquired at Montessori helped them to enter grade 1 with very strong math and reading skills, as well as social skills. We have no hesitation in recommending the school to any parent. Thanks for the great years!"
Andre and Katherine
Our son Beckham spent three years at Montessori for Children from 2010-2013. We didn't know too much about the Montessori program before starting. Beckham was quite an active little boy and we worried that the school may be too rigid for his personality. As it turned out, MFC was exactly what he needed. MFC helped his motor skills, his patience, his independence and certainly his confidence. The best advice they gave us was "every time you do something for a child that they can do themselves, you are subconsciously telling them they can't do it". We learned how to hold back as parents and let our child make mistakes. It's how they learn. The lessons we learned, even as a family from our time there, we still apply today. MFC proved to be was the best investment we ever made. Beckham would not be who he is today without them.
"I was fortunate enough to be able to send all three of my children to Montessori for Children, and our family spent a total of eight years at the school. Each of them thrived at the school under Tracey's direction and the excellent guidance of the staff.
They all had individual learning styles and behaviours, but the school was easily able to bring out their strengths while helping them with any weaknesses.
The warmth of the staff meant that even from a young age my children felt very comfortable and happy to attend school. They received a strong grounding in basic academics, but even more important to me was the independence, resilience, focus and self-discipline that they learned both from the staff and through the exceptionally respectful class environment that the children themselves participate in creating and maintaining. Their social skills were far above many of their peers when they changed schools, and upon entrance at the local public school in grade one, each one of their teachers remarked upon their amazing self motivation and enthusiasm for tackling new challenges.
I have no doubt that it was their time at Montessori that instilled the love of learning, determination and self motivation that has helped them thrive individually but also contribute socially to the world around them, both in and out of the classroom.
As a parent I too learned so much from the philosophies and instruction at the school. The tools this provided me in instilling positive values in my children were invaluable. I would unhesitatingly recommend Montessori for Children to any parent.
“We are truly thankful for the experience our daughter had at Montessori For Children. It provided her with a strong educational foundation, fostered a solid sense of independence, self esteem, confidence and leadership skills, all in a supportive and nurturing environment. We were extremely pleased with the specialized and authentic Montessori curriculum and the ‘whole child’ approach. The highly qualified teachers were truly committed and dedicated. Our daughter continues to achieve outstanding academic success based on the wonderful foundation from Montessori For Children which placed her in the highest academic group in all core subjects upon moving on to a prestigious all girl independent school.”
Carla and Gus
We love Montessori education because we believe that better than any other approach, it imbues young children with a true love of learning, which of course is the greatest educational gift one can give to a young child. And we love Montessori for Children (MFC) because we believe it provides all the hallmarks of an authentic Montessori education - it draws on and encourages the natural inclination to learning in children, encourages the child to learn organically and holistically and socially. At MFC, the teachers really get to know and understand the peculiar gifts and talents and temperament of each child, drawing on this knowledge to guide students most effectively in directions in which the child at a deep level already wishes to go.
At MFC, particularly in the teaching of practical life skills and directed play, children use all of their senses and thus learn holistically, which turns out to be the best basis for advancing in 'academics'.
Finally, at MFC, children of different ages guide and are guided by their peers, and thus learn the kinds of social skills that are so important for a happy and successful life. All of this goes on in an incredibly nurturing and tranquil environment, led by a highly competent and committed staff.
We could not have been happier with our whole experience at MFC, and wholeheartedly recommend it to all our friends and acquaintances with small children.
My children's time at Montessori for Children was an engaging, intentional, and sophisticated experience that far surpassed my greatest hopes of what a preschool could offer. It addressed them as intelligent, capable little people and gave them a priceless foundation for their future learning. I would highly and unreservedly recommend it to any parent for their child.