Riverside Montessori Pre-School Inc., was established and incorporated in 2001 as an independent (A.M.S.) affiliated educational pre-school. RMPS is licensed by the Ministry of Education (M.O.E.). The pre-school does not receive any funding or subsidies from either level of government. RMPS is committed to professional excellence and is affiliated as a corresponding school with the American Montessori Society (A.M.S.). We are also a member school of the Ontario Federation of Independant Schools (O.F.I.S.). Affiliations by these organizations are understood by the public as assurance that the schools offer the highest standards of Montessori education. In addition, RMPS is a member school of the International Montessori Council (I.M.C.) in our quest to meet internationally recognized standards of excellence in authentic Montessori educational practice.
RMPS teachers are individual members of the American Montessori Academy (A.M.S.) Canadian Council of Montessori Teachers (C.A.M.T.) and the Montessori Teachers Association of North America (M.T.N.A.).
RMPS opened its doors on the 2nd of January to commemorate the opening of the very first “Children’s House” in Rome in 1907 by Maria Montessori. We strive to maintain the authentic “community of children” Casa dei Bambini/Children’s House Program, where teachers and students really get to know one another and thrive with daily interaction with the materials. If you wish to enrol please call the pre-school to arrange for an interview or reserve placement for your child(ren).
RMPS strives to awaken and nurture the human spirit. The Montessori Philosophy does not see the child solely as a student who’s main goal is to learn. The philosophy views the child as a unique special being. Montessori philosophy consciously designs social communities and educational experiences that cultivate the child's sense of independence, self-respect, love of peace, passion for self-chosen work done well, and ability to respect and celebrate the individual spirit within people of all ages and the value of all life.
Montessori Philosophy also teaches children not only appropriate patterns of polite behaviour, but seeks to instil basic universal values. These values include self-respect, acceptance of the uniqueness and dignity of each person we meet, kindness, peacefulness, compassion, empathy, honour, individual responsibility, and courage to speak from our minds and to speak from the heart.
We offer a provincial licensed advanced child development centre complete with a two large bright spacious studio classrooms, equipped with child-sized furniture and shelving. In addition, a fenced in play area is located adjacent to the building. We offer a bilingual Montessori pre-primary curriculum presented by Certified Montessori Educators and featuring authentic Montessori learning materials. Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Science and Creative Art. In addition, we also offer, Music & Movement and Yoga which rounds out a program that is steeped in love and compassion for each child's individuality and Montessori professionalism. Enrichment programs available are: Fun with Compsoers, Spanish and Yoga.
Mrs. Antonella González has a Bachelor of Arts, in French and Spanish Language and Literature from Carleton University, and a recognized International Teaching Certificate in Montessori Early Childhood Education, Curriculum and Administration from the Canadian Montessori Academy. Mrs. González has 19 years Montessori teaching experience and has worked as a Montessori French Teacher, Curriculum Advisor and Principal in other Montessori pre-schools before opening Riverside Montessori Pre-School in 2001.
Mrs. González is accredited through The American Montessori Society, N.Y., U.S.A. She is also a member of the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers and the North American Montessori Teacher's Association (NAMTA).
In addition, she holds a specialized KinderMusik teaching certificate. She has professional experience in both public and private Montessori schools as a Primary French Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Supervisor. Mrs. González is a member of The American Montessori Society (A.M.S).