In a prepared environment, cooperation and a sense of community are a central focus. Individual differences are easily accepted and appreciated, while each child is treated and taught as an individual. Children of different ages are together in the same group, as this provides abundant opportunities for learning and helps to create a sense of family. This allows everyone to contribute and take responsibility for the functioning and maintenance of the environment.
The social life of the children is a vital aspect of the Montessori classroom and curriculum. Assisting the social skills, development and abilities of children is vital to the implementation of an effective Montessori program. It is important that the complexities and ups and downs of relationships are supported and enhanced by adults, sensitive to the needs and social development of children.
In an exciting research style of learning, elementary students work in small groups on a variety of projects that spark the imagination and engage their intellect. Lessons given by trained Montessori teachers help students develop reasoning abilities and life skills. Elementary studies include geography, biology, history, language, mathematics, science, music and art. Trips outside the classroom foster a feeling of connectedness to all humanity and encourage children’s natural desire to make contributions to the world.
“EMI has taught my daughter to be a leader as well as a contributing member of a group. EMI’s teaching has helped her to be a productive citizen of tomorrow.” parent of 7-year-old
The EMI Program is composed of a multi-age grouping of students in grades one through six. There is one self-contained elementary classroom for each cycle. The room has a full array of Montessori materials and several certified Montessori teachers as well as certified teachers. We blend the provincial requirements, programming with the richness of the Montessori education.
Students at EMI are ahead of the learning curve!
Students are given weekly homework packets to reinforce their class lessons. In addition to academic subjects, students participate in a well developed arts program and physical education program.
At EMI, we encourage all of our students to become active, independent and controlled learners. Our pre-primary students are encouraged to work hands-on with the materials. Through movement and active use of their body, as well as through active participation in lessons, the child learns to control himself physically. With increased physical control, the child is free to develop their mental control. The intrinsic sequence, logic, and order contained within all the Montessori materials improve the child’s mental capacity to be sequential, logical and precise in their thinking.
“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for oneself. Adults work to finish a task, but the child works in order to grow, and is working to create the adult, the person that is to be.” Dr. Maria Montessori