Maria Montessori called her program for early childhood “the casa dei bambini” or “the children’s house.” The children’s house program takes place in a warm setting scaled to and prepared entirely for children. Unlike our homes which are largely prepared for adults, Montessori early childhood environments offer children a world they can master. Children are guided to work at their own pace to joyfully explore and discover social skills, daily living (practical life) skills, the senses, math and language, science and nature, geography, French, music, movement, and art.
The children ideally work for part of the day in a mixed age group of 3 to 6 year olds. The younger children benefit from learning by the example or direct guidance of the older children. The older children experience the opportunity to be leaders and mentors. They are all guided in their work by educators trained in Montessori methods and philosophy. A toddler program is offered at both locations depending on enrollment. Bonavista accepts children (potty-trained) at 2 ½ years and Killarney at 19 months.
Uniquely, our Montessori Casa class has been partnered for many years with the public Montessori kindergarten program. This allows the 5 and 6 year old children to extend their studies and discoveries through a full day. Full day kindergarten children may register for lunch supervision provided by Montessori Casa (additional fees apply). To take advantage of the full-day Kindergarten option, children can enroll for half a day in the Montessori Casa + Lunch program, and half a day in the CBE Montessori Kindergarten.
Additionally, we offer a Montessori-inspired Out of School Care program for children in grades K – 5 who attend Killarney or Lake Bonavista Public Montessori schools.
The Montessori Casa program collaborates with, and feeds into, the public Montessori program offered at two Calgary Board of Education (CBE) Elementary schools:
Montessori Casa Bonavista location (feeding into Lake Bonavista Elementary School)
#13, 1215 Lake Sylvan Drive S.E. (Bonavista Village Plaza)
Montessori Casa Killarney (location feeding into Killarney Elementary School)
#2635, 32nd Street S.W. (inside the Beth Shechinah House of Glory)
Please contact the CBE schools directly for more information about their programs. For Killarney School please visit: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Killarney and for Lake Bonavista School please visit: http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/LakeBonavista. Our classrooms are located within walking distance of both schools. Full-day kindergarten and School-Age children will be supervised by Montessori Casa staff while walking to or from the schools.
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Half Day Montessori Casa (Licensed Preschool) for 19mos/ 2 1 /2 – 6 years
Based on enrollment; there are morning and afternoon class options at both locations.
*Bonavista Montessori Casa hours:
AM Casa = 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
PM Casa = 12:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
*Killarney Montessori Casa hours:
AM Casa = 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
AM KinderCasa = 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch = option available for additional fee
PM Casa = 1:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Montessori Casa Preschool classes follow the respective CBE calendars and observe the same Non-Instructional and Holiday days as outlined.
*please note: hours are adjusted yearly in August as needed to coordinate with the respective CBE Kindergarten class hours and at our Killarney location, coordination of our “kiss and drop” arrival/departure times.
Out of School Care – OSC – (Licensed and Accredited) for Kindergarten to Grade 5
We are pleased to offer before, lunch and after-school care for kindergarten-aged to grade 5 children at both locations.
Bonavista Out of School Care hours:
Before = 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. (K – 5)
Lunch = 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (K only)
After = 2:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (K – 5)
Killarney Out of School Care hours:
Before = 7:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. (K – 5)
Lunch = 11: 45 a.m./12:00 p.m. – 1:00 pm (K only)
After = 3:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.* (K- 5)
*approx. one Friday/month 5:00 pm early closure at Killarney due to lease agreement
Both Out of School Care (OSC) programs are open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.* on CBE non-instructional days and some school holidays as per the annual calendar.