Background:
Brooklin Mill Montessori School is a non-denominational, independent school offering a high-quality Montessori program to children aged 12 months through grade 3. Opened in September 2002, the School is located in the historic flour mill building and adjacent “Miller’s House” in the heart of Brooklin. The School’s location offers a tranquil learning environment to engage young hands and minds. Our park-like School grounds overlook Lynde Creek and boast over 3,000 square feet of fully fenced green space with mature trees for shade and garden plots to tend.

The small school size and low child/teacher ratios allows teachers to build a deep understanding and relationship of trust in guiding each individual child and in communicating with their families. Our teachers are tasked with careful daily observation of each of their students, and continual assessment to meet their individual needs. We employ a team teaching model and carefully manage class sizes to ensure that each child receives the attention and coaching they need, when they need it.

Our Philosophy:
Brooklin Mill Montessori School’s philosophy toward educating young children reflects the fundamental principles advocated by Dr. Montessori and is guided by How Does Learning Happen? Ontario's Pedagogy for the Early Years published by the Ministry of Education.

We believe that:

  • Children have the power to educate themselves and learn best when they do so at their own pace.
  • Children learn through activity, exploration, repetition, and self-correction.
  • Children need the independence to make their own discoveries.
  • Children will develop concentration and are the most attentive when they have chosen an activity themselves.
  • Children are competent, capable, curious, and thrive in the carefully prepared Montessori environment.

In addition, we believe that a well-rounded education includes more than a strong academic orientation. It must also invite a child to experience and enjoy a broad spectrum of arts, music, physical, and social activities. Viewing the outdoor environment as an extension of the classroom and encouraging contact with nature is an essential component of our daily program. Sharing meals and snacks together as a class promotes healthy, nutritious eating and an engaging social atmosphere where children practice appropriate mealtime courtesies. Inviting guests into the school, participating in charitable activities (such as food drives and community clean-ups), and planning local excursions builds connections with the community outside the School. Through a balanced and integrated program of activities, as well as appropriate nutrition breaks and quiet time for rest; we strive to nurture the ‘whole child’, while fostering independence and confidence daily.

Our Goals:

  • To nurture a love of learning by providing a secure, positive, and stimulating environment.
  • To provide learning activities aimed at developing life skills including communication, concentration, perseverance, effective problem-solving, and self-regulation.
  • To empower children by encouraging and respecting independent thinking, self-directed learning, social responsibility, and creative expression through a variety of experiences.
  • To nurture children’s unique gifts and multiple intelligences by providing a variety of experiences to balance intellectual, social, emotional, creative, and physical growth.
  • To promote continuous improvement of the program by welcoming parent, staff, and child input.

Our Approach:
We create a carefully prepared learning environment where a child's expression is nurtured with rich Montessori curriculum in Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Art, Music, Social Studies, Science, and Nature activities. With their natural curiosity, children are encouraged to explore the world around them at their own pace, through engagement with their chosen activity. Our teachers carefully observe and guide student-directed progress, as well as continually assess readiness for advancement.

Through self-directed progress with the Montessori learning materials, each child develops a sense of independence, self-esteem, and well-being. Teachers encourage and support the growth of self-regulation in child-initiated activity as we remain true to Dr. Montessori's mantra "Help me to help myself".

In our Montessori classroom, every child feels a sense of community and belonging as they are encouraged to make decisions, exchange ideas, and care for the classroom environment. We work together to resolve conflict through modelling positive behaviour, interactions and choices. We foster and maintain parent relationships and trust through open communication, by welcoming feedback, and addressing questions or concerns with integrity and timeliness.

We feel privileged to nurture your child(ren) and share in their early learning experience. Inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori’s edict to “Follow the Child”, we will support each child’s growth and individual needs every step of their learning journey.