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What Does Montessori Mean for the Child?

Montessori education has an international reputation and influence. It is a holistic approach: it develops and educates the whole child, physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally.

Montessori is child centred: each child progresses at his or her own pace, not pressured to achieve and encouraged to follow his/her own path of development. It offers a unique combination of highly structured curriculum and the freedom for the child to choose his/her own activities. Because they have a choice, Montessori children become enthusiastic learners.

Emphasis is placed on developing children’s creative imagination through art, craft and drama.

At Bayside Montessori we offer a music program, a creative dance program and a French program. Our school is geared for children from 2.5 or 3 years of age with the expectation that they remain with us for the next three years as a replacement for kindergarten. We offer five half day or five full-day programs with snacks and lunch provided by the school.

Children are accepted upon the basis of an interview and interaction in one of our classrooms. Our Montessori teachers hold university degrees and/or college degrees and/or Montessori diplomas.

Classroom Design

Montessori classrooms resemble one another with respect to how the environment is arranged. However, each Montessori environment is special and unique and will reflect the personalities of its teachers. This is no different for Bayside Montessori school. Our classroom is bright and inviting. You will find signs of the pride our staff and students take in the classroom on the shelves, walls and bulletin boards.

The Montessori classroom is divided into five areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Culture and Science, Mathematics, and Language;

Additionally, there is usually an area set aside for various projects and an outdoor area for play and further experiential learning.

Although the areas and work within the areas build upon one another, no subject is taught in isolation. The whole classroom is accessible to the children at all times and once a child receives a presentation on a particular work, he or she is welcome to choose the work independently going forward.

Our Programs

The five key areas of learning in the Montessori environment include; Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture. 


Cultural / Science


Language Arts



Physical Education / Outdoor Play

Practical Life

Sensorial Development