How we see Humberside Montessori School
How Humberside Montessori School sees itself
"Accredited by the prominent Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) established by Dr. Maria Montessori, Humberside Montessori School is found in the heart of the Bloor West Village-High Park neighbourhood in Toronto. Our school was established in 1987 by Felix Bednarski (M.A., A.M.I.) and his wife Molly Galle (RN). We remain dedicated to promoting the educational philosophy envisioned by Dr. Montessori, and we adhere to the principles that are recognized as the international standard for Montessori education."
"Our authentic Montessori pedagogy creates carefully designed learning environments that meet our students' social, emotional and intellectual needs. Mixed age learning environments where children stay with the same teacher for multiple years ensures that children are able to learn at their own pace which keeps them at just the right level of challenge. Those who are ready to move on do so, children who need a bit more time to consolidate their learning are also able to thrive."
"The overwhelming feedback we receive from our families is that they are consistently amazed by the children and staff across all grades who are happy, engaged and productive in beautiful environments both indoor and outdoor. Our location directly on the Bloor subway line makes us very accessible and our tuition rates are extremely competitive with parents feeling that they are getting tremendous value for the money spent."
"Some parents might be surprised to know that our students graduate from Humberside Montessori School in Gr. 8 and that we are one of very few Montessori Schools in Canada that have an Adolescent Program (Gr. 7/8 classroom)."
"The time, energy and thought dedicated to classroom design to encourage independence, exploration and self-directed learning.
We see children as immensely capable and revered individuals.
The longstanding relationships that we develop with our families. Students stay connected to our school for many years after graduation and often visit to let us know how they are doing."
"1. We serve children from the ages of 2 1/2 to 14 which provides families with the opportunity to continue Montessori education until high school while building strong relationships with parents, children and staff.
2. A.M.I. accreditation through the Montessori Quality Assurance Program.
3. We have students who are the children of parents who are past students of HMS
4. Many of our educators have been with HMS for 10, 15, 20 years.
5. We have a expansive, nature-based outdoor space!"
How people from the school’s community see Humberside Montessori School
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
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