How we see Enquiring Minds Montessori
How Enquiring Minds Montessori sees itself
"Maria Montessori believed that "Academics may be the heart of education; the Arts are surely its soul." At Enquiring Minds Montessori, we have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence that challenges young minds in a caring environment. Planting the seed and nurturing its potential is our motto. Our extensive program includes a Montessori curriculum enriched by Language, Visual Arts, Sculpture and the Performing Arts including Instrumental Music, Vocal, Dance and Drama."
"Our facility has developed an extensive program that includes a Montessori curriculum enriched by Language, Visual Arts, Sculpture, Performing Arts, Instrumental Music, Vocal, Dance, and Drama."
"We provide a caring and empowering environment for your child to grow and are compassionate to your child’s needs.
Our learning environment incorporates exploration in both academics and the arts as well as core activities that include: theatre, instrumental music, and visual arts. We also provide enriched activities that include: language, dance and vocal arts"
"We are a diverse, cultured and arts based school that offers a variety of programs which caters to a child's expressive and creative side of their development."
"The arts and dance aspect of our school may not be recognized in regards to what we offer and be known what is available."
"* We have a Montessori Curriculum
* We are an arts based school
* We offer enriched activities such as language, dance and vocal arts
* We are a safe, diverse and cultured school
* We provide a caring and empowering learning environment"
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Kristen Hamilton, Director
As the Director of this unique comprehensive Montessori school, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. Our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students come together to make Enquiring Minds Montessori a wonderful place to be challenged intellectually, grow socially, and develop as independent thinkers and problem solvers. Setting high academic expectations for all children coupled with high standards for teaching and learning is what drives our work every single day, and for which supportive systems for both students and teachers are built.
An integral part of Enquiring Minds Montessori’s reputation has been built on the strength of our arts-enriched programs. Children enrolled in our programs are exposed to extensive enrichment in both academics and the arts. Our programs further develop the child through Language, Movement, Music, Art, Voice, and Drama. These programs, like the core activities, are not considered recreational activities but rather intensives.
Our core values reflect a commitment to provide students with personalized support in a variety of ways. Our responsibility is to address the needs of the whole child. A child’s sense of belonging is a key component of emotional and social wellness at school. This approach helps to instill within our student body a sense of personal pride and love of and for our school.
As we provide students with what is needed at school, we believe that education occurs in each home and in the community. The success of a Montessori School is very dependent on parent involvement. We encourage parents to become involved in their child’s program, supporting the educational and social experiences, and sharing in the joys and satisfaction that their child experiences in his or her own learning. With parents as our partners, our children can work to their fullest potential. Though we are proud of our past successes, we do not rest on them, and we continually raise expectations for ourselves as a learning community. Whether you are an existing or future Enquiring Minds family, I invite you to be a positive force in this work!
I look forward to working with you and your child(ren) as we work toward an academically successful school year.
Enquiring Minds Montessori
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
If you’re considering a language immersion school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers a wide range of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with kids outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as volunteering, sports teams, and arts programs—which will help your child satisfy their need to interact and make friends.
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
If you’re considering a language immersion school for your introverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with different peer groups outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as student council, volunteering, and team sports—which can enable your child to connect with peers, make new friends outside of class, overcome their shyness, and develop critical social skills.
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