(Grades 1 – 3)
The Elementary Program continues to build on the foundation established in the Pre-School program, and centres around the Montessori concept of a cosmic curriculum. Aided by a curious mind, developing imagination and the ability to absorb large amounts of information, the child begins to learn about the universe and his/her place in it.
Careful attention is paid to the development of language and mathematical skills. These abilities assist in the study of the interrelated curriculum areas of history, geography, science and ecology. Interest and enthusiasm fuel the development of research skills and help children become independent learners.
As Oakville’s original Montessori School, Dearcroft is also fully accredited with the CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators). This rigorous process requires schools to submit to an extensive examination of all procedures, staff qualifications and curriculum outlines to assure strict CCMA standards are met.
Our Elementary classes (both Junior and Senior) are led by dynamic teams of highly experienced and dedicated teachers. The student / teacher ratio is typically 9:1 and our three year classroom structure allows for students to have consistency, challenge and most importantly individualized instruction. During the three year cycle of their academic development in their classroom, our students gain confidence, self-esteem and an impressive level of independence. Their maturity, sense of global awareness and overall citizenship is nurtured and strengthened by their multi-aged experience. In addition to the development of academic skills, this wonderfully stimulating environment fosters creativity, confidence and impressive leadership skills.
Experience is a key for the intensification of the instruction given inside the school.