Our Montessori Studio, for ages 4-7, is deeply rooted in Maria Montessori’s philosophies and methods and is aimed at helping our youngest Eagles become curious, compassionate, and collaborative problem-solvers, with the ability to think critically and learn independently. The Montessori model is based on the idea that children are naturally curious and, given the opportunity to “figure things out”, they will learn on their own without needing to be “taught”. With the belief that each child is unique and will learn according to his own developmental rhythm, specifically designed Montessori materials provide the means for each child to develop and learn at their own pace.
We follow an Montessori-based curriculum that combines Montessori principles with select elements from the Acton model (such as age-appropriate Socratic discussions and town hall meetings) and fill our afternoons with fun, creative, physical, and hands-on activities including cooking, library visits, skating, karate, art, drama, music, PE and more.
Watch the video below for a quick overview of what makes Montessori such an extraordinary learning experience for young children!
At Acton Academy Waterloo, we follow the key principles of a Montessori education:
1. A deep respect for the child as a unique individual as the cornerstone of all the other principles
2. Three-hour work cycle to deepen learning and improve focus, concentration, and attention span
3. Mixed-age groupings to allow for peer-to-peer learning, leadership opportunities and mixed-age socialization
4. Freedom of movement and independent choice
5. A harmonious, attractive, and orderly learning space that encourages independent learning
6. Focus on five key areas of learning, including practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, and culture
7. Experiential learning, investigation, and research, through the use of authentic Montessori materials, spread out throughout the space and divided by key area
8. The teacher acts as a guide, facilitating the child's independent learning
9. Focus on educating the whole child, including physical, spiritual, social, mental, and emotional education
10. Emphasis on peace, the community, mutual respect, and a global perspective, including learning peaceful conflict resolution skills
Below is the tentative schedule for our Cambridge Montessori School. The morning will include physical activity, mindfulness, and a three hour Montessori work cycle (watch the video below to see an example of a full morning work cycle in 5 minutes!) and in the afternoons we will enjoy a variety of creative and fun activities.
8:00 – 8:30 – Eagles arrive
8:30 – Fresh start physical activity and mindfulness
9:00 – Montessori work cycle
12:00 – Lunch & recess
1:30 – Afternoon activity (Sports, Art, Music, Drama or other)
3:10 – Studio maintenance
3:20 – Daily close & reflection
3:30 – Dismissal
*Potential afternoon activities include PE, drama, art, music, skating, karate, cooking, team building, hiking, etc.
*Every session (4-6 weeks), we will have a full day field experience that ties in with what we have been learning about in the studio.
*Recess is not scheduled during the morning or afternoon, but Eagles are free to take a breather, grab a snack, or even take an exercise break whenever they need to.