Curriculum & Programs
- Full Day Montessori Program
- Infant & Toddler Program
- Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten
- 2 or 3 Day Traditional Preschool – Coquitlam Location
- School Age Care – Coquitlam Location
- Summer Care – Coquitlam Location
Montessori Area: We understand the fact that children learn at their own pace and that is why we have designed our classrooms in a way to provide complete learning environment.
Montessori’s scientifically-designed learning materials provide young children a way to engage all five senses to build their own independant educational foundation and to inspire a love of learning
- Learning through the senses
- Freedom to learn
- Interest in learning
- Self Discipline
The Montessori classroom allows the child the comfort of being part of a unique learning environment. The child is treated with respect and dignity while at the same time learning to give respect to others.
The child learns with ease and enthusiasm in a prepared and stimulating environment. Between the ages of three and five, children are in the developmental sensitive period for language, manners, order and sensorial refinement. The Montessori environment is carefully prepared with interesting and inviting lessons. Understanding the significance of these sensitive periods, Montessori teachers endeavor to provide each individual child with what is needed at the optimal time. The goal of the program is to equip the children with self esteem and self help skills to prepare them with confidence and eagerness for further learning.
In the Montessori program environemnt, five distinct areas constitute the prepared environment:
Practical life enhances he development of task organization and cognitive order thorugh care of self, care of environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
The Sensorial area enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, tempertature, mass, color and pitch etc.
Mathematics makes us of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize cincepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.
Language Arts includes oral language development, written expression, reading, the study of grammar, creative dramatics and children’s literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, large moveable alphabet and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.
Cultural Activities expose the child to basics in geography, history and life sciences. Music, art and movemnt education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.
Curriculum Emphasis: At Bramblewood Montessori Daycare, our curriculum is designed to enhance the students desire to learn and develop a life long love of learning. The components of the program include:
- Social life
- Self help
- Sensory and practical life
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Cognitive skills
- Multicultural awareness and appreciation
Themes are meant to strengthen the experiences of the child and to provide a strong overall academic background. Focus on science and social studies, including nature, geography, art/music is ongoing.
Montessori sense of order and system of transition is emphasized. In addition, through our Virtues program, students learn the values of respect, responsibility, courtesy, integrity, etc.
Learning Centers: These areas are used during “free play”. At this time children further develop social skills (cooperation, problem solving, turn taking and sharing), imagination, language and vocabulary development. Children have freedom to choose from a wide variety of activities during free-play time. They are provided with opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills. Creative parts and crafts offer the change to explore and experience a variety of art mediums including: collage materials, variety of paints & techniques, play dough, clay and numerous other activities. Students also experience the use of materials such as sand, water, building blocks, lego, duplo and puzzles. These materials are the foundation for more advanced comprehension including spatial relations, gravity, stability, weight, balance, and math. The housekeeping corner builds on social interaction and interpersonal dynamics. Music and early literacy are implemented into all areas of the program. These materials are carefully planned to address a wide variety of interest, challenges and levels of development.
Music and Movement: BMPD recognizes the value in exposing music to children from a very young age. Each session will include singing, creative movement, instrument play and musical games.
Routine times: The daily routine of snack time, bathroom time, changing shoes, and hand washing are designed to help young children develop self help skills. Independence is always encouraged and fostered.
Cooking and Nutrition: Students explore and understand the basic food groups and learn what their bodies need in order to be healthy. They learn about and cook food from different countries that enable them to further their understanding of different people and cultures.
Orderly Environment: In a Montessori classroom, the child is given the opportunity to explore in an orderly, well structured environment. The materials are presented in a neat fashion, which encourages the young child to respect articles, thus teaching him respect for his own environment.
Snack/Lunch Time: We provide two nutritious snacks in mid morning and late afternoon respectively. Children learn social manners; inculcate good eating habits while interacting and sharing space with children of same age group from different cultural backgrounds
Circle Time: Group times are organized to share stories, learn songs, experience music and movement. Children are also exposed to various musical instruments, taught theme concepts and are encouraged to interact with peers in a group setting.
Books / Literature: Books are readily available to the children at all times. Stories are read frequently to children individually or in small groups. Literary comprehension through storytelling, songs, dramatic play, felt board stories are enjoyed throughout the day.
Rest time: This is a time for children to unwind and slow down after a busy morning of activities, exploring and learning. Students in our Full-day Montessori program, rest/nap for a maximum of 60 minutes. The Infant/Toddler program provides rest/nap time during the day that best suits the child.
Outdoor Play: In the morning children go for a walk in the neighborhood while visiting a tot playground or the sports field for games. Often, our Full Day Montessori students will visit the sports field behind the elementary school to play parachute games.
In the afternoon students visit our private custom built playground in a beautiful green belt setting. The calming sound of the creek is enjoyed while students are enjoying their outdoor time.
Field Trips: Several field trips are planned throughout the year. Educators from the community are invited to present programs of special interest to our children. On special theme units, we welcome parents to “bring” their expertise to class and share their profession with our students.
Homework Time: Students in the School Age Care program (Kindergarten to Grade 5) are given the opportunity to complete their school work during quiet time. Our highly qualified teachers are available to provide support in French, Mandarin & Cantonese languages.