7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday
10025 Boul. Acadie
H4N 2S1 Canada
The preschool at EMIM is composed of the daycare (18 months to 3 years) and the preschool (3-5 years). The preschool can accommodate 41 children.
We offer a bilingual and educational program that follows the Montessori Method in conjunction with the regulations of the Ministère de la Famille de Québec (MFQ).
The teacher/child ratio is 1:8 in the daycare and 1:10 in the preschool. At all times, we respect the teacher/child ratio.
All our teachers are qualified and experienced. In each class, we have at least one French and one English educator. All of our teachers have passed criminal background checks and are certified in first aid.
Our goal at EMIM Preschool is to provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for all our students. Our goal is to support our students in their social, moral, personal, and educational development and in their ability to achieve independence, make decisions, and solve problems.
As dedicated and passionate educators, we work together to provide an environment that encourages children to explore, learn, discover and create in an atmosphere that fosters positive communication between parents and the school.
At EMIM Preschool, we respect the individuality and unique personality of each child. Differences are embraced and we strive to create an environment that meets the needs and interests of each child. Children are encouraged to follow their unique path to independence and our program fosters opportunities for students to reach their full potential by following their own path
Here, we value all cultures, languages, religions, and races. We regularly discuss the importance of accepting and valuing the diversity of our students and are committed to creating an environment that respects people from all over the world. In addition, we are a preschool that welcomes children with different physical, intellectual, and behavioral abilities. We have the resources to effectively integrate all children into our individualized program.
We believe in the principles of the Montessori Method: Montessori education is an individualized approach. Self-correcting and didactic materials are made available to the children, and they decide what materials they will work with and for how long. We encourage children to explore with the materials, make decisions and create a unique learning plan that meets their interests and abilities. Children can choose from a wide variety of Montessori materials in the following specialized areas: Practical Life, Sensory, Language, Mathematics, Geography and Culture, Science, Art and Music.
We apply Dr. Montessori’s vision of freedom. We believe that the goal of the young child is to become independent in all areas. We give students countless opportunities throughout the day to make their own choices, to do things for themselves and to be free of unnecessary adult intervention. For example, children are encouraged to use the bathroom on their own, dress for recess, take care of their own belongings, set the table before meals, tidy the classroom, take care of the plants, prepare their own snacks and choose their own work. From an early age, we give our students the tools to function well with minimal unnecessary adult intervention. We value independence at EMIM by supporting children in learning social and personal skills, how to care for the environment and how to plan their day. Children begin to value school rules and social norms. As a result, children become independent, calm, and disciplined.
Early childhood is a time to explore! We focus not only on traditional academic skills such as letter and number recognition, shapes and colors, but we also offer interesting and unique activities where children can create, explore and discover. Children are introduced to different musical instruments, art mediums, cooking, outdoor adventures, themed field trips, languages and monthly themes (The Arctic, Dental Health, Canada’s Boreal Forest, Dinosaurs, Crafts, Love, The Solar System, etc.). A variety of art materials are always available for the children, and they are free to be creative and artistic. Science experiments offer children the opportunity to discover new concepts (float/swell, magnetism, the food pyramid) and the many geographic materials help children discover new cultures.
At ÉMIM, we place great importance on our students’ ability to function effectively in a social context. Our educational program helps children develop important social skills such as sharing, communication, problem solving, fairness, cooperation, and the ability to help others. We encourage our students, from an early age, to be good citizens and to treat their peers as members of their school family. We engage children in daily discussions of social skills and are mindful of modeling ethical and just behavior in our own interactions with students, parents, and colleagues.
According to Dr. Montessori, if given the opportunity to explore, discover, create and be independent, young children are capable of achieving intense happiness. Work offers children the opportunity to make choices, meet their internal needs, focus, achieve their own goals and feel the spirit of accomplishment. Adults tend to believe that work is difficult and exhausting and that children are too young to sew on a button, sweep the entire classroom, know the names of all the lakes in the world, or read in longhand. Instead, the work, freely chosen by the children, is intensely satisfying, interesting and dazzling for them. At the MSM, we value and embrace our students’ intense desire to learn and grow. We believe, like Dr. Montessori, that we should allow each student to follow their own path.