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Creative Curriculum: Encourage Healthy Overall Childhood Development

West End and Highlands Montessori has a curriculum defined by the practical application of sensory-based and self-directed learning through the original Montessori Method of teaching. Our curriculum is an innovative framework that integrates specific learning results and skills that align with children’s developmental needs. Contact us now for more details.

Our unique curriculum introduces lessons simply and concretely in the first stages. We then reintroduce a lesson at increasing degrees of abstraction and complexity throughout the school year. The Montessori program provides blocks of uninterrupted work time to allow children to repeat lessons and arrive at new ways of completing. This integrated scaffolding approach to education is one of the Montessori program's greatest strengths.

Materials used encompasses a broad range of lessons in six areas of learning; practical life, culture, sensorial, arithmetic, language and cultural education. Mastering a lesson is accomplished through hands-on use of materials, exploration and repetition; all under the guidance of our trained teaching staff.

In all Montessori activities we progress through this critical mental mnemonic development by incorporating the use of concrete materials and progress to blending abstract concepts with concrete examples preferably stimulation at least three of our five senses (visual, auditory, kinesthetic (touch), olfactory (smell) or gustatory (taste) in all subject area.

Practical Life

Creative, time-tested practical life activities are offered to assist the child in developing a sense of order, concentration, personal pride, independence, and respect for others, fine motor skills, grace and courtesy, confidence, and self-esteem.

Introduction to Practical Life

How to roll a mat, walk around a mat, put down a chair, walking on the line, sort cutlery, pour water.

Care and Respect for Self

Dressing frames, wash your hands, brush your teeth, clean your nails, sew a button on to cloth, pack a lunch, pour water from a thermos.

Care and Respect for the Environment

How to fold towels, use a dustpan and brush, how to wipe up a spill, how to plant a seed, clean a house plant, water a plant, how to clean a mirror, wash a vessel, clean a placemat, clean a vinyl apron, how to sweep.

Fine Motor Skills

How to grate the soap, mix coloured water, pour grain, package eggs, clip clothespins, colour salt, to pour water into a narrow neck bottle, discern contents of mystery bag (identification), how to weave a ribbon, stack coins in to coin wrappers.

Life Skills

How to wrap a present, pack an overnight bag, peel a carrot, how to butter a piece of bread, set a table, clean sunglasses, sharpen pencils, fold napkins with napkin rings, polish shoes, how to insert batteries, use a rolling pin and cookie cutters, roll a pair of socks, serve liquid with a ladle, how to dial 9-1-1-, fold a t-shirt, use clothes pegs, make orange juice, how to sift, sort garbage that can be recycled.

Social Graces and Courtesies

The daily greeting politely draws a person’s attention, say “Please” and “Thank-You”, answer the telephone, blow your nose, how to cough and sneeze. Through lessons of grace and courtesy, a student is able to develop and refine social skills while building self-esteem and independence. 

Language Arts

Through the use of a multitude of activities both direct and indirect, literacy and language develop speaking, listening, writing, reading and comprehension. To this end, a child first learns to write starting with practical life activity then advances through to his phonetic sounds, phonetic reading, and whole word recognition. Irregular or sight words, phonograms, and blends are introduced in the advanced stages that lead to fluent (total) reading.

Specific Areas of Language Instruction and Demonstration

Spoken Language Activities

 Reading to the children
 Public speaking
 Reciting poetry
 Language mystery bag
 Enrich your classroom with words
 Incorporating "whole language" into a Montessori program


 Writing before reading

The Outline

 Starting the program
 Phonetic sounds
 Introducing the objects
 “I Spy” with sound pouches
 Metal insets
 Phonetic alphabet scrapbook
 Combining sandpaper letters and objects from the sound pouches
 Placing letters on lines
 Printing and sound booklets
 Large movable alphabet
 Wooden language cards
 Word bank activity
 Creative writing
 Children's storybooks
 Reading material

Phonemic Awareness:

 Phonetic objects
 Phonetic pictures
 Phonetic picture cards
 Phonetic booklets

 Phonetic word lists

Culture and Science

Geography - starting with land, water, and air, and progressing to studying the world's different regions through photography, art, and geography puzzles.
 Land, water, and air; the globe
 The continents; geography pictures, continent puzzle maps
 Land and water forms
 Flags of the world

History - by examining their own timeline from birth to present and their own family tree, children gain their first sense of history and the concept of time is brought to life.
 The calendar 
 “My Day” sequence activity
 My family tree
 Birthday celebrations
 Timeline of the child’s life
 Stories of famous people

Botany - assists the child in exploring the biological aspects of his environment. Helps the child develop an appreciation for the delicate balance of nature. The study of botany is child-centred using live plants as a piece of knowledge and interest catalyst.
 Introducing the plant: parts of the plant, the root, the function of the root, parts of the stem, the function of the stem, parts of the leaf, parts of the flower, parts of the fruit, parts of the seed, growing plants outside

Zoology - children, by their very nature, are fascinated with animals. We learn about animals and to respect their needs, habits, and characteristics.
 Vertebrates and invertebrates, classes of animal folders, animals of the world, the fish, the frog, the turtle, the bird, introducing a bird feeder, the horse

Science experiments - these activities are interesting and fun! They are all “hands on”. Prediction and analysis are incorporated into each experiment and all experiments are “teacher friendly”.
 The magic mixture, vanishing sugars, disappearing water, how hard is ice, sink or float, volcanoes, sickly plants, coloured carnations, magnetic attraction, copper cleaning.


Activities that incorporate the use of concrete materials. Children first learn to count to ten and systematically progress to solving complex addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division questions.

Numbers to Ten

 Number rods
 Sandpaper numbers
 Number rods and number cards
 Zero activity
 Spindle boxes
 Memory game of numbers
 Numbers and counters
 Math step board

Decimal System

 Introducing the decimal system bead material
 Presentation with the large number cards
 Counting the decimal system material
 Counting the large number cards
 Combining the decimal system bead material and number cards
 Change (bank) game 

The Four Operations

 Stamp game: addition, subtraction, multiplication
 Dot game


 Addition with many types of quantitative counting apparatus
 Addition with the small number rods
 Addition stripboard


 Subtraction with the small number rods
 Subtraction stripboard
 Subtraction charts

The Montessori Curriculum

With the Montessori Method of teaching, your kids will learn to play and converse with confidence.

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West End and Highlands Montessori

15120 104 Ave NW

Edmonton,   AB T5P 0R5

Highlands Montessori

Please contact us for our new location details.

Regular School Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm

Out of School Program Hours

Monday – Friday: 7:45am – 5:00pm TBD

Service Area 

Edmonton, AB, and surrounding areas


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