In Montessori philosophy,
five areas of education are given specific focus:
The ideal climate for Montessori education is created by having the classrooms prepared with the above educational tools and didactic materials, and with qualified staff responding to the needs of the children.
At W.I.M.A. (West Island Montessori Academy), the program admits children from 18 months to five years of age. While Montessori philosophy prefers interaction between children of various age groups in the classroom, we feel that creating a separate group for younger children aged 18 months to two years has proven more successful, as this group needs to focus on the very basic areas of practical life and developing the senses. During the daily curriculum there is also time permitted for free play. When the weather permits the group uses the outdoor playground; otherwise, they use the indoor gym. The indoor gym is also used for special events and activities during the school year.
Extra activities are included in the educational program and are taught by trained professionals from outside the school’s regular staff. These activities are:
- Music by Rhythm Exchange
- Dancing by Les ateliers Desants Le Troubadour
- Nutrition and exercise by Bravo Kids
These activities, while certainly educational, are primarily geared toward entertainment and are thoroughly enjoyed by all the children:
- Magic shows by Blair Marshall
- Science shows by Mad Science
- Puppet shows by Young Actors Work Shop Inc.