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 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 – 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.
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 the CBE bussing programs as well as lunch supervision provided by Montessori Casa (additional fees apply).
The Montessori Casa program collaborates with, and feeds into, the public Montessori program offered at two Calgary Board of Education (CBE) Elementary schools:
#13, 1215 Lake Sylvan Drive S.E. (Bonavista Village Plaza)
feeding into Lake Bonavista Elementary School
#2635, 32nd Street S.W. (inside Beth Shechinah House of Glory)
feeding into Killarney Elementary School
A toddler program is offered at both locations depending on enrollment. Bonavista accepts children at 2 ½ years and Killarney at 19 months.
To take advantage of the full-day Kindergarten option, children can enroll for half a day in the Montessori Casa program, and half a day in the CBE Montessori Kindergarten. Please contact the CBE schools directly for more information about their program. 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 near these schools, and full-day kindergarten and School-Age children will be supervised by Montessori Casa staff while making their way to or from the schools.
Montessori Casa Preschool classes and Out of School Care (OSC) follow the respective CBE calendars and observe the same Non-Instructional and Holiday days as outlined.
We are currently still accepting enrollments for the 2018/2019 school year.
The 2019/2020 enrollment information will be released January of 2019.
Half Day Montessori Casa (Preschool) Hours
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 = 8:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Lunch = option available for additional fee
PM Casa = 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
*please note hours are adjusted yearly as needed to coordinate with the respective CBE Kindergarten class hours and bussing schedules.
Out of School Care (Licensed and Accredited) for Kindergarten to Grade 4
We are pleased to offer before, lunch and after-school care for kindergarten-aged to grade 4 children at both locations.
Bonavista Out of School Care hours:
Before = 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. (K – 4)
Lunch = 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (K only)
After = 2:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (K – 4)
Killarney Out of School Care hours:
Before = 7:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. (K – 4)
Lunch = 11: 40 a.m./12:00 p.m. – 1:00 pm (K only)
After = 3:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.* (K- 4)
*one Friday/month 5:00 pm early closure at Killarney due to lease agreement
Both Out of School Care programs are open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.* on CBE non-instructional days as per the annual calendar.
For information about space availability, registration packages and other details, please contact us directly by E-mail at: