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Montessory Centenary Exhibition in Toronto
Introduction Standards Facilities Parking Employment Affiliations
  1. Follow and promote the educational philosophy as envisaged by Dr. Maria Montessori.

  2. Follow and promote the aims of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

  3. Follow the AMI principles for Montessori schools.

  4. Each primary/elementary class has one directress/director who holds an age-appropriate diploma from AMI.

  5. Presentations are always given by the AMI-trained Montessori person.

  6. Each classroom has a full range of Montessori educational apparatus for the appropriate age level, as recommended by the AMI training centres.

  7. All children must attend classes five days per week.

  8. Montessori primary classrooms (Casa) have no more than two adults (directress + assistant) for twenty-eight to thirty five students. Smaller classes may reduce pedagogical effectiveness.

  9. Montessori primary classrooms (Casa) are designed for a three-year age mix to allow for both individual and social development (3-, 4- and 5-year-olds). Established classes have a balanced group with all second and third year children having previous Montessori experience.

  10. Part-time primary sessions are offered only in the morning. Double sessions, where a second group of children uses the environment for the afternoon only, reduce Montessori quality and compromise program dynamics.

  11. All classes have a three-hour uninterrupted work cycle from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  12. Children must begin Montessori before the age of four, with the most ideal time being between ages 2 1/2 and 3 1/2.

  13. Only children with primary (Casa dei Bambini) Montessori experience are admitted into elementary programs.

  14. All directresses are requested to stay with the same class for at least three years.

  15. All parents are offered and opportunity to participate in parents' educational events.


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