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Odyssey Montessori School
Odyssey Montessori School
136 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2E4
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Mary Tomazos

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Odyssey Montessori School

136 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2E4

Curriculum:
Montessori
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 1 (Coed)
Tuition:
$7,600 to $12,600 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. NS - 1)

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Contact Name:
Mary Tomazos

Phone Number:


School Address
136 Sorauren Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2E4
256 Christie Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6G 3B8

About this school:
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At Odyssey Montessori School, our aim is to provide a nurturing and enriching environment designed to meet the developmental needs of children 18 months – 6 years old. The Montessori environment supports and assists children in their growth and development of practical, intellectual, physical, and social skills. We are committed to providing an opportunity for each individual child to continue their innate love of learning and to make education a joyful process.


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Mary Tomazos, Founder

 

At Odyssey Montessori School, our aim is to provide a nurturing and enriching environment designed to meet the developmental needs of children 2½ – 6 years old (18 months to 6 years old – Christie Campus). The Montessori environment supports and assists children in their growth and development of practical, intellectual, physical, and social skills. We are committed to providing an opportunity for each individual child to continue their innate love of learning and to make education a joyful process.

 

Odyssey Montessori School embodies the educational principles established by Dr. Maria Montessori through her observations of how children develop and learn.

 

We hope that our site gives you an insight to what a Montessori education has to offer your child. Come and visit our school to get an even better idea of how the children spend their day in their environment. Eagerly engaged in their chosen activities, socializing in “grace and courtesy” and developing skills for their future – independence, concentration, confidence in their abilities.

 

Registration is accepted throughout the school year. We welcome all interested parents to come and visit the school. For more information or to arrange a tour of the school call the office 416-535-9402. The admission procedure is posted on our website.

 

Odyssey Montessori is an accredited CCMA Montessori school.


Academics


Curriculum Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Montessori

Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Lessons are highly decentralized: children typically work individually (though sometimes with others) on specialized "Montessori materials" -- without interference from the teacher. The materials are self-correcting and teach the student something about the subject at hand. The method's goal is to develop children's innate desire to learn, while freeing up time for teachers to help children individually, as needed.

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 OMS says: The program is based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori, who developed an approach to children consistent with their natural development and their fundamental desire to learn. It is our aim at Odyssey Montessori School is to offer individual attention to the development of the whole child. To reach this goal, fully trained teachers guide and mentor the children using the principles of freedom within limits and self-directed activity. This allows each child to achieve his or her potential, without pressure, and to develop a keen sense of self.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic French immersion


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Discovery Math

      Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What OMS says: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 OMS says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What OMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Process approach

      The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What OMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Social Studies
    • What OMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What OMS says: A French-speaking assistant is present in all Casa classrooms (ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old). The French assistant speaks to the children in French and conducts French circles and small group lessons.

    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What OMS 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 OMS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What OMS says: This information is not currently available.


    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 OMS says: This information is not currently available.



    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.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What OMS says: Odyssey Montessori School is enthusiastically committed to the acknowledgement and the support of the wholesome growth and development of all aspects of the human personality during the formative years of childhood. This is through the genuine work of Dr. Maria Montessori. In this way, we can assist the child, not only in his/her natural quest for knowledge and independence, but also in his/her personal task of creating him/herself and in striving to realize his/her greatest potentials. This embodies Dr. Montessori's principle of education as an aid to life.


    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 OMS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    What OMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What OMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    OMS 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    OMS 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 1, Odyssey Montessori School students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    NSPSJKSK1
    OMS0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins
    Site Average0 mins1 mins5 mins6 mins15 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Prose (narrative)-based feedback1 to 1
    Parent-teacher meetingsNursery/Toddler to K


    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What OMS says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 1 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What OMS says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Odyssey Montessori School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK1
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000

    Stories & Testimonials

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    Curriculum

    Exposure to a rich variety of experiences is a vital part of the curriculum. The curriculum consists of: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language. Cultural subjects are integrated into the curriculum

    Practical Life
    The activities of practical life resemble the daily activities that children see in their home. Sweeping, dusting, pouring, cutting vegetables and fruit for snack, arranging flowers and sewing are just a few of the practical life activities. Children learn to care for their environment, themselves and others. Through these activities, children develop motor skills, independence, confidence, self-esteem, social skills and concentration.

    Sensorial
    Montessori materials are designed to refine the child’s senses of sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. Children’s senses are a key to understanding and classifying the environment. Children learn to discriminate colour, size texture and sound through activities of comparing, sorting, exploration, language and games.

    Language
    The Montessori classroom provides rich opportunities to develop and enhance vocabulary and language appreciation. The language materials are phonetically based. They help the child develop skills needed for verbal communication, reading and writing Children learn the shapes and sounds of the letters with the sandpaper letters. They join letters to make words and then sentences with the movable alphabet. Reading naturally follows word building. To further the development of reading, children explore the function of words and the structure of sentences.

    Mathematics
    Materials in our primary classrooms emphasize the concepts of number recognition, quantities, linear counting, the decimal system, simple fractions and beginning lessons in the four operations. The children work together counting the chains, sharing out quantities and creating large numbers with the “golden beads”. Children’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts emerges from using this concrete material.

    Culture
    Geography, botany, zoology, history, art and music are referred to as cultural subjects. Children learn about people, their countries and the world through food, music, pictures, flags, maps, artifacts, holiday celebrations and other cultural observations.

    ...



    The Program

    The Montessori classroom is a world specially prepared for children. It is a nurturing, bright and spacious environment. All the furniture is child-size to support the child’s natural inclination and need to “do for one’s self”. This social, interactive and hands-on environment allows children to explore and expand their knowledge at their own pace. Children move about and choose activities of their choice that are accessible on low open shelves. The class consists of a mixed aged group of children either working individually or in a group. Some may be preparing a snack, one child may be reading, others working in a group while the directress is giving a lesson. The younger children learn from the older and the older children are encouraged to develop an awareness of the needs of the younger children. This community of children offers the children the opportunity to develop social skills.

    The day is a balance of independent work, group work and presentations (lessons). Presentations are made individually or to small groups by the teacher called a directress. Using methods and materials developed by Dr. Montessori, the Directress provides a sequence of tasks sufficiently challenging and interesting to engage the child. These tasks or exercises are broken down into four areas of learning which make up the curriculum. The directress is a Montessori trained teacher who has thorough knowledge of the Montessori materials (also called tools of development) and their purpose.

    Each casa class has a French speaking assistant who speaks only French, allowing for a natural second language development.

    ...



    Who we are

    Founder, Mary Tomazos discovered the benefit of a Montessori Education when her three children attended a Montessori School in Toronto. This led her to her studies at The Foundation for Montessori Education and attained her AMI Primary Teaching Diploma, graduating in May 2001.
    After teaching for a few years, it became clear to her that establishing her own school would enable her to pursue and share this passion in the Montessori Philosophy with families.

    Mary’s goal was for Odyssey Montessori School to be a place for children to start their joyful journey of development and learning. She wanted to create and provide a place for children to be happy, respected, safe and supported during a very delicate and important part of their development. A place like home.

    And so the journey began.   Odyssey Montessori School opened its doors for the first time in 2006 with one class. The following year Casa 2 was added. With happy children, dedicated teachers and parents that appreciated the quality program and the benefits of a Montessori Education the school soon expanded to three casa classrooms. In January 2014, Casa 4 opened.  Over the years Odyssey Montessori continued to provide a nurturing environment where children, with the incredible abilities that they possess, are given the opportunity to reach their potential. We firmly believe that “it takes a village” where parents, and educators work together to create an environment that allows children to thrive.

    We are proud to be a CCMA accredited school.

    ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • The Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) Associations





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