The mission of Yorktown Montessori School is to nurture each child with joy, love and respect by providing an optimal learning environment based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Our school is located on the 2nd floor of Willowdale United Church building on Kenneth Avenue. This is a short walk south from the Finch subway station or north from the North York Center subway station.
Our aim is to provide a safe and fun experience for children, age 2.5 to 6 years.
Our School is within blocks of the North York Civic Center. The School opens from 7:30am to 6:00pm.
We have excellent facilities and an auditorium/ gymnasium for physical education classes. Our daily activities include music, story time, French instruction, gym and outdoor activities, in addition to the Montessori curriculum. Our teachers are experienced and highly qualified professionals who love children.
The Montessori Learning Approach
The program at the Yorktown Montessori School is based on the philosophy and work of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. Through her observational approach and respect for the potential of each child, she developed a unique method of education that enhances the child’s natural desire to learn in his or her environment.
We believe that children have an innate urge to explore and discover the world around them. They find joy in learning when they are actively engaged in the learning process. Children learn best in an environment of mutual respect and one that provides opportunities for cognitive, social, emotional, moral, and physical growth. With an enriched environment in the Montessori classroom, children learn best when competencies are fostered through repetitive, successful experiences while concepts and skills are internalized at their own pace.
The Montessori classroom materials are specially designed apparatus for the different developing stages of the child. Each apparatus is made attractive and enticing that allows the child to focus on a particular quality. These are teaching aids that enable the child to experience and internalize the learning process. Each activity is called ‘work’, instead of play. Children learn abstract ideas and concepts from seeing and touching concrete materials. Children need opportunities to make choices, thereby fostering independence, self-esteem, and self-discipline. We believe the developmental needs of children are universal and transcend cultural differences.