Preschool for September 2022

Strathcona Montessori will be closed for the summer from June 27th to September 5th.  Emails will be monitored throughout the summer.  Our ‘Welcome to Preschool’ newsletter will be sent out to all registered families in early August.  Included in the newsletter will be the summer drop-in date for new students and families to come in and see the classroom before the first day of classes. 

All enquiries should be emailed as teachers are away and phone calls will not be answered.

Morning spaces are now available for three year-olds starting in September 2022.  Children turning three in early 2023 may start in January of 2023.  Spaces are two, three or five mornings a week.

The afternoon 4 year-old Junior Kindergarten prep class is currently at capacity.

We anticipate the opening of our Before and After School Program for September 2023.  All past registered and current registered  families will have priority when registration opens in early 2023.

You will never know how wonderful a Montessori classroom can be, until your child has the joy of experiencing one.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not offer daycare or all day care.

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, is able to problem solve, and is able to take 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 preschool had a three-year cycle which included Kindergarten. The inception of all-day Kindergarten has shortened preschool programs to two years. Due to the reduced time frame, we offer a morning program for three-year-olds and an afternoon Kindergarten Prep class for four-year-olds. The Kindergarten Prep class is about preparing and adapting for that leap forward to big school. First-year morning students are given priority for registration into the K-Prep class. The Prep class has been consistently popular for current and returning families for over ten years. 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.

Email: strathconamontessori@shaw.ca 

Telephone: 604.569.2169