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Montessori Programming


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:

  • Child-directed
  • Individualized
  • 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 by her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials that facilitate the learning of new skills.​

Our Montessori Programming Features

  • Multi-aged groupings (3-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-12 years)
  • Individually prepared lessons (small groups of 2-6 children)
  • Uninterrupted work periods (2-3 hours)
  • Children working and learning together
  • Sensory rich environment with hands-on learning.
  • Carefully prepared environments
  • Long blocks of uninterrupted, student-directed work periods.
  • Individualized curricula
  • Program staff with specialized Montessori training (North American Montessori Centre) and certified Alberta teachers

Casa dei Bambini

The Parkside Montessori Casa dei Bambini is for children aged three to six and encompasses Pre-school and Kindergarten.

Preschool Options:

Montessori Preschool runs in 2 hour and 50 minute half day sessions.

3 year old Preschool:

  • Monday/Wednesday mornings or afternoons
  • Tuesday/Thursday mornings or afternoons

4 and 5 year old Preschool:
  • Monday/Wednesday mornings or afternoons
  • Tuesday/Thursday mornings or afternoons
  • Monday to Thursday mornings or afternoons
  • Monday to Friday mornings or afternoons
  • Monday/Wednesday full day
  • Tuesday/Thursday full day
  • Friday half day can be added to Monday/Wednesday half day or Tuesday/Thursday half day
  • Friday half day or full day can be added to Monday/Wednesday full day or Tuesday/Thursday full day

Cost: Preschool, $32/session with a minimum of 2 sessions per week, monthly payments made by P.A.D (Pre-Authorized Debit)

To register, please bring the following items:
  • Proof of Age: Child's birth certificate must be presented at time of registration
  • Alberta Health Number
  • Void Cheque or Banking information to set-up P.A.D agreement (Pre-Authorized Debit)


Montessori Kindergarten is half-day Monday to Friday program with  choice of mornings or afternoons.  Sessions are 2 hours and 50 minutes long.


  • Kindergarten children have the option of adding paid Preschool sessions to their half day Kindergarten program.  Kindergarten children may add up to 5 half day sessions.  Kindergarten students who add Preschool sessions will remain at the school throughout the break between morning and afternoon sessions.

Please note that tuition fees are applicable-see tuition payment schedule for more information.

Where to register?

When to register?

​Montessori preschool and kindergarten registration opens: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019

School's website: Parkside Montessori

Address: 9617 91a Ave., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 0G7

Phone: 780-532-7429

Registration Requirements:

  • Complete the online student registration application
  • Proof of age such as a child’s birth certificate or immigration documentation (for newcomers)
  • Your child’s Alberta Health Number
  • Copies of any court orders affecting student
  • Give us a call for help at 780-532-4491

School Fees

No Basic Instruction fees will be charged to parents. As a Program of Choice there are Montessori Program Fees.

Some schools may charge fees for some optional courses, field trips, or other goods and services. Please refer to Board Policy 16 which outlines all fees that schools may charge. For additional Information, please contact the school directly.

Fees: Preschool, $32/session with a minimum of 2 sessions per week, monthly payments made by P.A.D (Pre-Authorized Debit); Kindergarten, $125.00.