Mission Statement

At Montessori Children's Academy Inc. we are committed to providing children with an exceptional beginning.  It is our belief that if given the opportunity all children have the potential within them to do great things. By providing an inspirational learning environment based on the principles of the Montessori philosophy we aspire to develop independence, confidence and respect while guiding and nurturing each child’s individual development.

Independence

We have created a prepared environment where children are free to explore and choose their own work with enthusiasm and interest.

Confidence

Your child will be empowered to discover their own learning style and set the pace that best suits their individual needs.

Respect

The environment and gentle guidance of the classroom directress will encourage the children’s development of kindness, courtesy and self-discipline.

Our goal is to create life long learners in the safe and comfort of our classroom environment while working in partnership with parent support.

We offer children a “prepared environment” rich in opportunities to construct learning experiences at their own pace. They will develop their senses, their awareness of the world around them, their ability to care for themselves, for their environment, and for others. Most importantly, their natural drives toward independence, movement and self-mastery will be nurtured, and their spirit will be celebrated.

MCA is a sunny, cheerful place with caring teachers and classrooms filled with colorful and exciting materials. It is also a community of families with diverse backgrounds who provide a wealth of interests, abilities and support to help our children get started on their lifelong adventure of learning.

Come visit and see for yourself!

About us

Montessori Children’s Academy is located on the banks of the Grand River in the beautiful community of Paris, Ontario. The school is an alternative educational experience for children age eighteen months to six years.

MCA provides individual programming specifically designed to follow your child’s interests and developmental needs. Each classroom is equipped with the Montessori materials and is led by a fully certified Montessori teacher. The school is licensed and monitored by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Montessori Children’s Academy is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Montessori Administrators and the American Montessori Society. MCA is committed to the full Montessori experience. Our 3 year CASA program prepares your child for tomorrow’s future.

Testimonials

“Thank-you for playing such and integral role in helping our daughter to become the confident and well-rounded “first grader” that she has become! Your program is second to none and your staff is our girls’ second family!
Jennifer and Peter Svec  (2 daughters toddler and casa)

“We are extremely lucky to have Montessori in our lives – our daughter amazes us every day and that is largely due to your love and guidance. Words cannot express our gratitude.”
John and Liz Perriman (1 daughter toddler and casa)

Thank-you for ALL your support for the SOE program. You have overextended your hospitality by allowing so many of us to film at your centre.  Thanks for making all of the arrangements, scheduling and support!
Donna, Marion and Carolyn (Seeds of Empathy)

Thank-you so much for everything that you do for the children- from the Christmas pageant and Mother’s Day tea party to the kind words and gestures that you share each day. We are all blessed to have such a caring group of ladies working with our children each day.
Jennifer and George Ziotek (2 sons, toddler and casa)

Where do we start!  We just want to thank you so much for your love, support, encouragement, positive attitude, kind words, being the “mom” at school etc……….You have made a HUGE difference in our daughter’s life and she has had the “best start”. You are an amazing educator!
Patti and Bruce Mitchell (1 daughter casa)

Thank you for all the times in school you have been with me. Thank you for helping me with my math book.  Thank-you for all for the great circle times.  I will miss you when I am in grade one, but I will eventually come back to visit. Love, Owen
Owen (written at his graduation from MCA, age 6)

We would like to thank you for another wonderful year of exceptional learning for our daughter. She has grown and learned so much this year. We appreciate each and every one of you and the hand you’ve had in helping her to be who she is. We will miss all of you but will look forward to summer camp!
Jennifer and Ken Edgar (1 daughter toddler and casa)

Thank you so much for guiding our daughter through the first two years of her education. It is a tremendous gift that you give to so many families – but with the special challenges our daughter had faced over these 2 years, you have been a valuable support to our family! It is with a heavy heart that we have to move away from your amazing school and great disappointment that our second child won’t have the opportunity to attend.
Dyoni and Greg (1 daughter casa)

Thank you so much for the love and patience you have devoted to our son. He continues to blossom at an outstanding rate under such wonderful care and guidance. We look forward to seeing what next year will bring.  
Karen and Michael Topper (1 son CASA, infant daughter registered)

Our Staff

Classroom Assignments

CASA Teachers: Miss Jennifer, Miss Chantal
CASA Assistants: Miss. Allyson, Miss. Sue

CASA Prep Teacher: Miss. Herm
CASA Prep Assistant: Miss. Teresa

Toddler Teacher: Miss. Coleen
Toddler Assistant: Miss Laura

Administrative Support: Miss Karli

Finance Support: Miss. Natalie

Kitchen: Miss. Grete

Acting Director: Mr. Ken

School Director: Miss. Heather

FAQ's

What is Montessori?

Montessori is a philosophy with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual’s unique development.

How Does It Work?

Each Montessori class, from toddlers through elementary, operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differ from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs - respect for each other and for the environment.

Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on his or her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials may be introduced to an individual child or to a small or large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.

The multi-age grouping in each class provides a family-like grouping where learning can take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned while reinforcing their own learning. Because this peer group learning is intrinsic to Montessori, there is often more conversation - language experiences - in the Montessori classroom than in conventional early education settings. 

What Makes It Unique?

The "Whole Child" Approach
The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. Under the direction of a specially prepared teacher, the holistic curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning, gives the child time to enjoy the process, ensures the development of self-esteem, and provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge. 

The "Prepared Environment"
In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment - room, materials, and social climate - must be supportive of the learner. The teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive climate. The teacher thus gains the children's trust, which enables them to try new things and build self-confidence.

The Montessori Materials
Dr. Montessori's observations of the kinds of things which children enjoy and go back to repeatedly led her to design a number of multisensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning skills and lead to learning of abstract ideas by the construction of knowledge. 

The Teacher
Originally called a "Directress", the Montessori teacher functions as designer of the environment, resource person, role model, demonstrator, record keeper, and meticulous observer of each child's behaviour and growth. 

The teacher acts as a facilitator of learning. A minimum of a full year's training is required for a CCMA recognized credential. This includes supervised classroom practice teaching. This extensive training is specialized for the age group with which a teacher will work, i.e., infant and toddler, 3 to 6 year olds, 6 to 9 year olds, and 9 to 12 year olds.

What Happens When a Child Leaves Montessori? 

Montessori children are usually adaptive. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they've been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make choices and manage their time well. 

They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others, and good communication skills ease the way in new settings.

Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.

Our Philosophy

At MCA we are committed to providing children with a superior educational experience. Dr. Montessori's developmental approach gives the child the luxury to learn at his own pace. In a society with so many external pressures on children to progress and perform at such high levels, a Montessori environment provides them with the opportunities to adapt, experience success and to be the child they need to be. At MCA we truly believe in "following the child".