One of the distinguishing characteristics of a Montessori School is the total preparation of the classroom to the needs of the growing and learning child. The school itself is designed as a “developmental aid” in which materials, furnishings, and decorations are selected to offer the child an orderly yet stimulating setting for exploration. Specially designed and tested materials are arranged to attract the child’s interest to a broad range of practical life exercises, sensory skills and academic fundamentals. As the child progresses, these materials serve to build a lasting framework of knowledge based on touching, seeing and hearing. This framework is quickly filled with true understanding of the concepts required for a lifetime of learning as the fundamentals of Mathematics, English, and French language skills, Science and Geography, Art and Music are revealed.
At Bayside Montessori School, the children are often found scattered around the room, working alone or with other students. While it may seem unorganized to some, it is actually quite the opposite and has a tremendous impact on the child. They tend to become so involved in their work that we can not help but be immeasurably impressed by the peaceful atmosphere within the classroom.
Field Trips and Visitors
Every month, we have either a special outing to an exciting place or a fun and educational visitor to the school. For field trips, our mode of transportation is a school bus. Upon your child’s enrolment or at the beginning of the new school year, you will be asked to pay a fee that will cover all field trips for the year. This includes the cost of the trip and the cost of the bus. If a trip that we did not plan on becomes available, we will ask for extra fees.
Field trips include shows at the Grand Theatre, visits to the Cataraqui conservation Area, Waddel’s Apple Orchard and other regional attractions. Past guests have included OSPCA of Ontario, Ottawa Valley Country Music inductee and renowned fiddle player- Kelli Trottier, and Crock-A-Doodle.