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 - 5 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 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.
Our NEW Killarney location
#2635, 32nd Street S.W.
feeding into Killarney Elementary School
Our NEW Bonavista Village location
#13, 1215 Lake Sylvan Drive S.E.
feeding into Lake Bonavista Elementary School
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 sister program. For Killarney School please visit: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b104/ and for Lake Bonavista School please visit: http://schools.cbe.ab.ca/b334/.
Our classrooms are located nearby each school and full-day kindergarten students and School-Age Care children will be supervised by Montessori Casa staff while making their way to or from the schools.
Montessori Casa and School-Age Care follow the respective CBE calendars and observe the same Professional Development, Non-Instructional and Holiday days as outlined.
Half Day Montessori Casa (Preschool) Hours
There are morning and afternoon classes at both locations.
Killarney Montessori Casa hours are *approximately:
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Lake Bonavista Montessori Casa hours are *approximately:
8:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
*please note hours are approximate at this time, as we will coordinate with the respective CBE Kindergarten class hours and bussing schedules.
Before and After School-Age Care for Kindergarten
We were pleased to announce that beginning in the 2015/2016 school year, we would be offering before and after-school care to kindergarten-aged children at both locations. For the 2016/2017 school year we are extending school-age care to include grade 1 students as well.
Killarney School-Age Care hours are (approx.):
7:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
3:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
*one Friday/month early closure TBD due to lease agreement
Lake Bonavista School-Age Care hours are (approx.):
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
2:43 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Both School-Age 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: