In January 2000, the Calgary Board of Education approved the Montessori
Alternative Program, which commenced in September 2000.
of the Montessori Method Maria Montessori
(1870 - 1952) was a twentieth century pioneer in education. After becoming
Italy’s first female doctor, her interests turned to the education
of children and she began her life-long study of human development. Based
on a profound respect for the potential of each individual and the discovery
that children learn best when they are able to follow their individual
interests, Montessori created carefully prepared classrooms that allow
freedom of choice and movement with a balance of guidance and structure.
Montessori continued to work in collaboration with others as she developed
her methods, educational materials and teacher training courses.
and development remain a vital part of Montessori education. Montessori
methods and materials have been tested around the world and adapt well
to a variety of cultural settings. This adaptability, and Montessori’s
insight into how children learn, result from her understanding of the
universal principles of human development. Her early discoveries are now
being confirmed by modern research. These principles are as relevant today
as they were nearly 100 years ago. There are now over 5,000 private Montessori
schools and over 200 public school Montessori programs in North America.
principles of the Montessori Program
activity constitutes about 80 percent of the work, and teacher-directed
activity comprises the remaining 20 percent of the work at all levels.
are taught in an integrated fashion. Instruction is not divided into specific
time frames associated with a particular subject area or activity.
are encouraged to work with the same group of students for more than one
is a balance of freedom and responsibility. Basic classroom rules dictate
that a student is free to choose activities, but is responsible to structure
choices and time to cover the curriculum.
schedules allow for large blocks of time to problem solve, observe and
understand interactions, make connections in knowledge and create new
are organized, where possible, with three different ages in classroom.
Younger students learn from older students; older students benefit from
being leaders and mentors. This is a basic premise of Montessori education.
diverse set of Montessori learning materials, activities and experiences
are used to guide discovery and foster physical, intellectual, creative
and social independence.
classroom atmosphere encourages social interaction to enhance cooperative
learning, peer teaching and emotional development.
teacher must be educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology
appropriate to the age level of the students.
work of the child consists of creating the human being that it has to
become.The adult works to improve his environment while the child works
to improve himself. ” Maria Montessori
In order to realize a successful Montessori Program, parental involvement
is encouraged. Parents are urged to assist in whatever way they can to
support the program and are asked to communicate with the teacher on a
regular basis regarding the progress of their child. The Montessori Alternative
Public School Society (MAPSS), a non-profit society made up of all stakeholders,
is dedicated to supporting public Montessori in Calgary by raising funds
and public awareness for the program.
A teacher with both an Alberta teaching certificate and training from
an accredited Montessori teacher training body guides the students in
individual and group learning experiences. The teacher is an enlightened
generalist who is able to teach all subjects not as individual disciplines
but as part of the whole.
of the Montessori Method
- Stress on
intrinsic motivation and student choice of activities
learning environments designed to facilitate self-directed learning
learning and manipulatives, particularly for mathematics, feature self-correcting
materials and activities
multi-graded grouping of students
tutoring and cooperative learning
of outcome-based learning
Alberta Program of Studies is presented through the Montessori philosophy,
methodology and materials. Students in the Montessori Program will be
expected to write Provincial Achievement Tests.
at Lake Bonavista School
Bonavista is the site of the second public Montessori program in Calgary.
The program opened in September 2003.
eligible to enroll in the program?
residing south of Glenmore Trail are eligible to register for the Lake
Bonavista Montessori program.
who are of age for Kindergarten and Grade 1 programs are eligible to
register in the Montessori program. However, due to the very specialized
materials used in the program, we do not accept students beyond Grade
1 unless they have prior Montessori experience.
- The following
criteria will be considered when accepting registrations in the program:
and students currently in the program
there are registrations above and beyond the previous criteria,
selection will be determined by a random draw.
How do I register for this program?
- To facilitate the organization of classes, registration of students for the upcoming school term should be
completed by mid-March of the corresponding school year.
- If your
child has not previously been enrolled in a Calgary Board of Education
school, you will need to provide a birth certificate at the time of
Lake Bonavista School Office