For over 30 years, we have been providing quality Montessori education to students in Flamborough, Burlington, and Hamilton. Nestled in the rolling landscape of the Niagara Escarpment, our school offers the perfect setting for students to fall in love with learning.
Waterdown Montessori School is an accredited school that offers an unparalleled educational experience for children aged 18 months – 12 years. Our school holds itself accountable to the high standards set by the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators (CCMA) and the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Located on a picturesque 50-acre property, Waterdown Montessori School sits on the cusp of the Iroquoia section of the Bruce Trail. This scenic location allows students to bring learning outside and explore the world around them. From visiting the horses at the paddock, to spotting white-tailed deer, centuries-old trees and a variety of insects and birds right outside our classrooms, our students truly do learn on nature’s doorstep.
Montessori is a child-centred method of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Using scientific methods of observation, Dr. Montessori forged a theory that children learn best when given autonomy and independence. This theory of child development is now being borne out by emerging research on brain development.
Dr. Montessori succeeded in creating a method of education in which children learn from working with specialized educational materials designed specifically for Montessori classrooms- these learning materials develop the child’s cognitive capabilities through direct experience (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting and movement) rather than by direct instruction. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways and are free to pursue their interests and learn at their own pace. Children are encouraged to think critically, to be curious, to ask questions, to probe deeply and to make connections. Montessori education helps to develop children’s emerging “self-regulating” skills through daily routines, carefully designed classrooms and learning materials meticulously arranged in an aesthetically pleasing environment. Hallmarks of the Montessori method include multiage groupings and uninterrupted work periods.
In Montessori classrooms, the schedule allows for long periods of uninterrupted “work time”, with few transitions, to allow for the development of concentration, focus and engagement. Multiage groupings fosters peer learning and supports the concept that learning is a social process and prepares children for the real world where people socialize and work with people of all ages. Authentic Montessori programs also insist on five-day schedules (either full day or half day) and this is based on the belief that children thrive on consistency and only regular attendance provides the continuity they need.
The aim of Montessori education is to help students achieve their potential and become confident, respectful, responsible, self-directed learners with an understanding that learning is for life. Visitors are amazed by the concentration and focus of the children, and the happy hum in each classroom. Because independence and self-discipline are such integral components of the program, children are able to work responsibly and confidently on their own, meaning that the teachers are able to give individual attention to students.
Our family’s experience with WMS was above and beyond our expectations.
With the enrolment of our three-year old son, we immediately noticed development in his personality, and his communication with adults and especially other children.
Two years later he has come so far, from the boy who struggled to communicate his thoughts and feelings to a boy who can read and write. He has grown to be a compassionate individual with a love for science and nature. With his learning, and influence from the staff at WMS he has held out his hand and taken it upon himself to lead his little sister in the discovery of all that he has had the opportunity to explore.
With that in mind it was an obvious decision when we enrolled our eighteen-month old daughter in the Casa program at WMS. Quickly following her brother’s footsteps, our daughter has matured in leaps and bounds. She surprises us daily with her new songs and stories, and continues to educate us on many of her new learnings and experiences she has developed at Waterdown Montessori. Thank you to the staff at WMS for all that you have done.
I want to thank the teachers in Toddler for the amazing work they have done with my Emelia. Today she came home and took off her own shoes, has started counting, told stories about the teacher showing her folding today and folded clothes at home before napping today. Thank you for your care and I am enjoying the stories she is sharing at home.
She waved goodbye to her classroom today and said, “See you Monday.”
I just wanted to thank you for last night (first parent education night) and your presentation. We got a lot from it and left with a lot more understanding of what Montessori school is about. We were looking for a great day care with caring teachers who wanted to work together with us in raising our daughter. With each day that passes, we understand that we got so much more. It was amazing to see how passionate you were about the school, the work you do, and most importantly, our kids. You knew so much about each child.
I would like to add that we very much appreciate everyone’s understanding, caring, and kindness. The staff are so passionate about the work they do, about our kids, and the Montessori way of raising children. Thank you to all of you again for everything you do.
Our son loves it here and we are looking forward to a bright future at Waterdown Montessori. We especially love it because there is a toddler program for our youngest when he becomes of age. The grounds are breathtaking and perfect for curious little minds that want to learn about nature.
A gem in Waterdown!
We’re very happy with James’ experience!
Jacob is in his 2nd year of Casa, and he is thriving at Waterdown Montessori School!
I highly recommend the school. My son was a failure to thrive when he was a baby, but thanks to the school and great teachers he is at the highest level academically and is able to fulfil his full potential. He has blossomed socially and his practical life skills are impressing everyone we meet. His love of trying new things and exploring amazes me every day. To me, this is the best investment for the future of our family and for the future of our whole planet. By raising kids the right way we will make this world a better place.
The most important thing for myself and my wife is that our son is in a very trusted, nurturing and educating environment. Waterdown Montessori does all in abundance. All the staff are amazing – the changes we see in our little man are amazing – thank you
I consider my children and this school my best investment. Small class sizes and that extra attention at this fundamental time is important to my children’s future. They have the time and opportunity to let children grow and learn at their own pace.
A wonderful school community following the true Montessori philosophy. A great place to start your child’s education.
We adore this school, it’s such a wonderful and personaliz