Our programs offer diversity, music, language, art, and physical education by incorporating the very best aspects of respected Early Childhood Education philosophies: Montessori combined with the Reggio Emilia approach and Ontario’s Emergent Curriculum.
We believe that through combining these education approaches, our students gain Momentum amongst their peers once they graduate; empowering them to excel in their educational journey.
Not only do we value diversity, music, language, and physical education in early childhood education; we hire the appropriate staff to bring along these diverse and unique aspects of teaching to our students. We hire staff of diverse backgrounds, race, ethnicity, and talents.
Momentum offers a hybrid program that pulls the best from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s emergent curriculum (ELECT & How Does Learning Happen) as well as the Montessori and Reggio Emilia Approach.
Ministry of Education’s Emergent Curriculum
- Using the E.L.E.C.T and HDLH documents as a guide to planning.
This document focuses on the domains of development. Social, Emotional, Communication Language and Literacy, Cognitive and Physical. The document outlines the appropriate sequence in each area of development which is an important indication that the child is moving steadily along a sound developmental continuum.
With the child at the center of the focus, educators, families, and the environment all contribute to a child’s growth. This document focuses on the four foundational conditions that are important for children to grow and flourish: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement, and Expression.
- Through notes and observations.
Teachers compare notes and observations in team planning sessions to decide which projects, materials would be best suited to children in their classes.
- Through partnerships with families.
Partnerships with families and communities strengthen the ability of early childhood settings to meet the needs of young children.
- Through each child’s voice.
Each child’s voice is heard in order to promote a balance between a sense of belonging to the group and a sense of self.
The way the Montessori approach is integrated in our curriculum is through:
- Classroom designed at the children’s level that allows for the easy exploration of various interests.
- Visual and self-correcting Materials.
Reggio Emilia Approach
The Reggio Emilia Approach is integrated through:
- Document children’s progress using many different methods, such as: video, photographs, tape recordings, work portfolios, and recorded dictations.
- Classroom’s curriculum stems from the particular interests of children.
- Collaboration is seen as necessary to further a child’s cognitive development. Teachers design groups both large and small that allows children to work together to problem-solve using dialogue, comparisons, negotiations, and other important interpersonal skills.