Wishing Well Schools, located in Markham, Ontario, offers the finest Montessori Infant, Toddler, Children's House and enriched Ontario Curriculum Elementary programs available.
Opening in January of 2021, we will be offering a Montessori Infant Program. Please contact us for more information.
The Wishing Well Schools Infant Program (ages 3 months to 18 months) follows the Montessori philosophy and the pedagogy of Ontario's How Does Learning Happen? document to provide a quality learning and development program for our infants. When children are provided with concrete, developmentally appropriate materials and activities, they use their senses to discover and experiment with all aspects of their world. Children may also learn by observing their environment and the people in it.
Each child develops at his or her own pace in the prepared Montessori environment with specially designed Montessori materials. These specially designed materials will aid your child during the rapid period of absorption and brain growth that occurs during the first three years of life.
As human beings, we develop our intelligence through our five senses, particularly through the relationship between the hand and the brain. Our Infant program provides activities to develop cognitive skills through work on focusing, remembering, matching, identifying and tracking. We also provide activities to develop motor skills, such as rolling, grasping, placing, stacking, and pouring. Our sensory skill development includes activities for visual tracking, experiencing sounds and volume, recognizing patterns, feeling textures, identifying objects and experiencing temperature.
The Wishing Well Schools Toddler program (ages 18 to 30 months) is a CCMA accredited program which follows the Montessori philosophy and is carefully prepared ensuring children feel safe and have a sense of belonging and independence. The role of Montessori teacher and Early Childhood Educator is to guide, nurture, discipline and facilitate children as they grow and learn, developing at his or her own pace. Our Toddler children follow a calm and carefully considered daily routine developing in all areas of independence, ability and confidence.
The Wishing Well Schools Children's House program is CCMA accredited and two fully qualified Montessori teachers are in each classroom. Mixed age classrooms are an important factor of the Montessori curriculum and our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Children's House students learn together with two fully qualified Montessori teachers in each classroom. In order to prepare them for Grade 1, we focus on an enriched learning environment that integrates the Montessori philosophy with academic advancement and achievement. Our 3rd year Children's House students enter Grade 1 having already completed the Grade 1 program, which is why we begin our Elementary program 1 year ahead in an accelerated learning environment. French, gym, art, STEAM and music are all integrated into the Children's House program.
Finally, the Wishing Well Schools Elementary Program is one of the finest available, as evidenced in our CAT4 and EQAO scores, as well as in the achievement of our students who go on to advanced AP programs and IB programs at secondary schools across the city. We teach an accelerated curriculum where students learn one year ahead in an enriched environment. While we believe that academic excellence is an important factor in every child's success, the key to a full education lies in nurturing all areas of a child's development, including global awareness, citizenship, athletics, and creative ability.