Children at this stage of development have the ability to embrace knowledge and activity without effort, or fatigue, because of an ‘absorbent mind’. One French-speaking, and one English-speaking teacher welcome children into this classroom.
Students in this mixed classroom, learn to cooperate and support each other as they learn. The younger children benefit from having more mature students to interact with and learn from. At the same time, the older children develop leadership skills and further master their subject matter knowledge.
“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it.”
- Dr. Maria Montessori, 1946
To aid this period of self-construction, our teachers encourage individual, as well as group work. Focus is on engaging the children in purposeful work.
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The perfect moment for children to acquire language is during the ‘sensitive period’ of development, from birth until around six years of age. In a Montessori classroom, children acquire spoken language by relating the words they hear, to the work they are doing with their teachers, or in small groups.
Our classes are carefully designed to give each child the best possible learning environment to grow and develop to their fullest potential. Each class consists of one English teacher, one French teacher and one Assistant teacher to ensure that every student gets the attention and support they need to succeed. Students speak exclusively in French with their French teacher, and in English with their English teacher, to help develop the child’s bilingual abilities and maximize cognitive development.
Students in Primary class at Precious Ones Bilingual Preschool are required to wear uniforms during the Academic School Year unless otherwise noted in the school calendar for special occasions. The Uniforms help promote equality among the students and create an atmosphere focused on learning and inclusion for every child.