AM Pre-school: 8:30 – 11:30 am
PM Pre-school: 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Fridays 1:00 – 3:45 pm)
Extended Day: 8:30 – 3:00 pm (lunch 11:30 – 12:30 pm)
Elementary: 8:45 – 3:15 pm (lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Elementary: (9-12) 8:45 – 3:30 pm (lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
A complete Montessori education provides your child with an integrated, individualized, and academically challenging program that meets his/her changing developmental needs from year to year. We recognise that childhood happens once. A Montessori education ensures that your child will make the best of his/her experience.
In addition to the high standard of Montessori education that our school has established we offer a number of programs and services that supplement our core curriculum.
Monday Club Days – For Elementary Students
The elementary (6-12) children may join a club of their choice. These clubs are one hour long and start after school. Club dates are announced in September. Some of the clubs led by our staff members include:
- Computer Club
- Yoga Club
- Chess Club
- Jogging Club
- VMS Children’s Choir
- Ball Hockey
- French Games
In keeping with the central importance of ecology and genuine outdoor experince to the Montessori curriculum, our children and parent helpers have created a vegetable garden which all children participate in caring for, a native species garden and introduced mason bees and ladybugs to our little ecosystem. We incorporate workshops on composting and plant care into the on-going construction of our garden sites. Their year end market enables students to raise funds for charity.
After School/ Holiday Camps
Our Physical Education teacher leads a fun filled, independently run, sports program aimed at developing fitness, confidence and new friendships. Days and times of the after school program may vary each year. Brochures are available at the school.
Fund raising for charity and our city’s needy is an important part of the V.M.S. vision. With the initiative of our students our community has participated in various events to realise this goal. Together we have contributed to:
- The Vancouver Food Bank
- Red Cross campaigns as needed
- Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter
- Senior’s Groups
- Terry Fox Run
- Art for the BC Cancer Agency
The children have participated in bake sales, book and toy sales and craft fairs to raise funds for both their classrooms and charity.
Vancouver Montessori School greatly appreciates the help we receive from parents, be it for classroom needs (laundry, flowers and snack donations, and field trip driving) and as Parent Parking Committee volunteers. The Parent Committee is involved in many events that raise funds to enhance the children’s experience at school, such as Montessori materials, supplies, computer upgrades and most recently our community garden project, just to name a few.
Parent Information Nights
In addition to our registration and parent information nights we are pleased to offer to parents a selection of parent education talks that are offered throughout the school year.
Examples of Pre-school Topics include:
- The Practical Life Area and the Link to the Home Environment
- The Sensorial Area and its Impact on Further Studies
- Mathematics from the Concrete to the Abstract
- Language: Vocabulary Enrichment, Reading, Writing and Links to Cultural Subjects
- Montessori Theory and Philosophy in the Casa Class
Examples of Elementary Topics Include:
- Theory and Philosophy in the Montessori Elementary Class
- Internet Safety
- Body Science
- The Creation of the Universe
- The Coming of Life
- The Coming of Humans (plus art and music in the Montessori setting)
- The Story of Language
- The Story of Numbers/ Geometry