Okotoks Montessori ECS/KINDERGARTEN
(children must be 5 yrs by December of the current year)
At Montessori we believe that early
childhood is a significant period in human development
and we follow the Alberta Government Kindergarten
Statement’s Objectives and Philosophy, and in
most cases exceed what is stipulated for this age
group. After a complete and very thorough examination
of our program, the Alberta Education Division has
accepted and accredited our school to offer the ECS
program because they were completely satisfied that
our teachers, and our program met and exceeded the
standards needed to be approved.
teachers are Alberta credited, Bachelor of Education
certificated as well as Montessori accredited to teach this program.
These teachers have also had extensive years of experience
in both the public and private education systems,
but now choose to teach at our facility.
Our program offers the Montessori curriculum
along with the Kindergarten statement as outlined
by Alberta Education. Our program is set up with the
- to meet the needs of all children
- to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare
for life-long learning
- children with special needs are treated with strategies
for success and learn through interaction with other
- parents are encouraged to become involved in their
- community organizations become part of the year
long program with field trips,
guest speakers and other agencies
The Kindergarten program statement
provides learner expectations in six learning areas:
-Early Language Arts, Mathematics, Community and
Environmental Awareness, Personal and Social Responsibility,
Physical Skills and Well-being, Creative and Cultural
||8:30 or 9:00 - 11:30 am
||12:00 or 12:30 - 3:00 pm
5 half days/week as well as Full Day Options
$250 Student Fees (one-time fee)
100% Alberta Education funded - No monthly fee
~New~ Full Day Kindergarten options available beginning Jan, 2014.
Please request a registration form here.
Question we are
often asked: Since most children will eventually have
to go to the neighbourhood schools, wouldn't it be
better for them to make the transition in kindergarten
rather than in first grade?
Since most children will eventually
have to go to the neighbourhood schools, wouldn't
it be better for them to make the transition in kindergarten
rather than in first grade?
The American Montessori Society (AMS)
tells of one father who wrote:
"We considered the school years ahead. We realized
a child will do his best if he has good learning habits,
a sound basis in numbers and math, and the ability
to read. We realized that he has had an excellent
two-year start in his Montessori school. If he were
to transfer now to kindergarten, he would probably
go no farther than he is now, whereas if he stays
in Montessori, he will reap the benefits of his past
work under the enthusiastic guidance of teachers who
will share his joy in learning."
Many families are aware that by the
end of the kindergarten year, Montessori students
will often have developed academic skills that may
be beyond those of children enrolled in most public
kindergarten programs. However, parents should remember
that academic progress is not our ultimate goal. Our
real hope is that the children will have an incredible
sense of self-confidence, enthusiasm for learning,
and will feel closely bonded to their teachers and
classmates. We want much more than competency in the
basic skills; we want to them to honestly enjoy school
and feel good about themselves as students.
Once children have developed a high
degree of self-confidence, independence, and enthusiasm
for the learning process, they normally can adapt
to all sorts of new situations. By the time they are
first grade, they will typically be able to go off
to their new school with a vibrant curiosity and excitement
about making new friends and learning new things.