Morning spaces are available in January 2023 for three year-olds. Selection is for two, three or five mornings per week. The pre-K class in the afternoon is at capacity.
We anticipate the opening of our All-Day Montessori Program in September 2023. We are offering only 16 full-time spaces and priority will be given to current students and siblings. Registration opens in early 2023.
You will never know how amazing a Montessori classroom can be, until your child has the joy of experiencing one.
In today’s world, it is important that Maria Montessori’s vision of tolerance, acceptance, love, appreciation of beauty, kindness, respect and peace is stronger than ever. Our goal is to support children develop creatively, intellectually, emotionally and socially, in order to prepare them for kindergarten. Our two-year program introduces children to a strong foundation of personal and social skills. We welcome young minds and families to the joys of a Montessori education.
Some believe that Montessori programs are structured environments. They are not. Quite the opposite. Montessori methodology is child-directed with the teacher as a guide, rather than other early childhood programs which are adult directed. The Montessori approach fosters independence which promotes self-confidence. The confident child is more resilient, able to problem solve, and to take on learning and creative risks. Self-motivated learning is the core of the Montessori program and philosophy. Students in our classroom move about freely, with our belief that children need to move, touch and experience in order to learn. This is referred to as freedom within boundaries. Socialization is also a major focus, guiding children on appropriate ways to make and keep friendships. Along with traditional Montessori materials, we blend other inspirational teaching tools to merge and complement the Montessori framework. Our program is further enriched by our own cultural studies curriculum, making ours a distinct and unique program.
Traditionally, Montessori preschools had a three-year cycle which included Kindergarten. The inception of all-day Kindergarten has shortened preschool programs to two years. Starting in September of 2023, half day classes will no longer be available. We will be offering an all-day program only. Space is limited.
Strathcona Montessori preschool is nestled within the gated community of the Mau Dan Co-op Gardens in the historic Strathcona neighbourhood. Located at 377 Keefer Street, we are centrally located with easy access from the East Village at Nanaimo and Hastings, Chinatown, Yaletown, Gastown, and Vancouver City Centre.
Information about child care and Covid-19 from BC’s Centre for Disease Control can be found here.