The Grande Prairie Public School Division is pleased to offer the Montessori Casa dei Bambini (Preschool and Kindergarten) and Elementary Montessori Program (Grades 1 to 5) our Montessori School - Parkside Montessori
What is Montessori?
Developed by Italian educator, Maria Montessori, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Montessori method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activities on the part of the child. It stresses the importance of adapting the child’s learning environment to his or her developmental level. The Montessori Method is:
- Hands-on with tactile materials
- A process of exploration and discovery
- Focused on nurturing a natural curiosity and love of learning in a social environment
Dr. Montessori’s observations of children led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate the learning of new skills.
Casa dei Bambini is for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be three years old as of Sept. 1 of the year of enrollment. Children must have self-sufficient toileting skills.