|Based on helping the natural development of the human being
|Based on the transfer of a national curriculum
|Children learn at their own pace and follow their own individual interest
|Children learn from a set curriculum according to a time frame that is the same for everyone
|Children teach themselves using materials specially prepared for the purpose
|Children are taught by the teacher
|Child is an active participant in learning
|Child is a passive participant in learning
|Understanding comes through the child’s own experiences via the materials and the promotion of children’s ability to find things out for themselves
|Learning is based on subjects and is limited to what is given
|Learning is based on the fact that physical exploration and cognition are linked
|Children sit at desks and learn from a whiteboard and worksheets
|Child can work where he/she is comfortable, move around and talk at will while not disturbing others
|Child is usually assigned own chair and encouraged to sit still and listen during group sessions
|The teacher works in collaboration with the children
|The class is teacher led
|The child’s individual development brings its own reward and therefore motivation
|Motivation is achieved by a system of reward and punishment
|Environment and method encourage internal self-discipline
|Teacher acts as primary enforcer of external discipline
|Child works as long as he/she wishes on chosen project
|Child generally given specific time limit for work
|Uninterrupted work cycles
|Block time, period lessons
|Mixed age groups
|Same age groups
|Working and learning matched to the social development of the child
|Working and learning without emphasis on the social development of the child
|Shared emphasis on intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development
|Main emphasis on intellectual development
|Shared focus on the acquisition of academic, social, practical and life skills
|Main focus on academics
"My son loves going to school at Creative Kids because he feels safe and valued by his teachers and because he is provided with so many opportunities to learn through work & play, develop new skills that help to foster a sense of independence and to learn new information about the world around him. The teachers at Creative Kids Montessori provide wonderful care to the children and they carefully plan a program that is meaningful, engaging and fun. They do this while honouring the children's’ innate sense of curiosity and desire to learn."
"Creative Kids Montessori is absolutely wonderful! Our daughters thrived and loved every minute of their time there. The programing is both educational and engaging with a focus on Montessori, Arts, Literacy. We felt lucky to have our girls in such an inspirational, supportive and loving childcare surrounded by dedicated teachers."
Joanne and Neil McDewarParents
"We’ve been so fortunate to have our son attend Creative Kids Montessori & Fine Arts Academy. Creative Kids is comprised of a very dedicated, experienced, and knowledgeable staff. Their approach with their students is one of respect, patience, and care. As parents we are elated with our son’s progress in various skills and habits, and for these reasons would recommend without hesitation that all parents consider Creative Kids Montessori Preschool/Daycare."
"Our sons last two years at Creative Kids Montessori have been filled with incredible learning experiences. Not only has he learned to count, read and write, but he has overcome many social challenges. I am very thankful for the teacher's compassion, love and patience. They really made a difference."
Tanis & Doug HurtParents
"As a parent of 2 1/2 and 4 year olds enrolled at Creative Kids Montessori, it is with great confidence that I recommend this school. If you are in search of a nurturing, educational and well-rounded child-care program, look no further. Teamed with experienced and caring teachers, my children receive the best in Montessori education. Not only do my children come home having obtained valuable educational tools, but they come away happy and confident."
"The truly educated individual continues to learn long after the years spent in the classroom because of a motivation and love of learning."