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Our Lower Elementary Program

Our Lower Elementary program is designed for children ages 6 to 8 years who are entering grades 1, 2, and 3. We’ve designed this program with curriculum that specifically focuses on these sensitive periods in a child’s development.
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Why Choose the TRMS Lower Elementary Program?

Lower Elementary program is designed to empower students with leadership skills, build their confidence, and foster a strong sense of community. Limited to a maximum of 18 students per class, we ensure an optimal learning environment that prioritizes personalized attention and instruction.

Building upon the foundational principles of the Montessori Casa program, our Lower Elementary program maintains an individualized approach to learning. The classroom is created as a microcosm of a community, where students work independently while also cooperating within a group setting. This environment not only promotes personal growth but also teaches the importance of teamwork and social interaction.

As students advance through the program, the focus shifts from concrete to abstract concepts, aligning with their evolving cognitive abilities. This progression is supplemented with auditory and visual experiences, ensuring a balanced development of their learning modalities. Our goal is to prepare our students not just for their next educational journey, but to excel in any future learning environments they encounter after their transition from TRMS.

Program Features

Academics in Math, Language, Science, & Technology

Our enriched language arts program nurtures students’ literacy skills, while our robust STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum encourages intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.

We develop digital literacy, by introducing students to coding and by providing tablets for students in Grades 1 and 2, and Chromebooks for those in Grade 3. Technology is used as a tool to supplement learning.

Cultural & Character Studies

Our cultural studies curriculum delves into History, Geography, Botany, and Zoology, facilitating a deeper understanding of the world. Each grade level engages in specialized exercises and hands-on projects.

We also highly value character education, teaching essential life skills like cooperation, respect, empathy, and kindness. These are reinforced alongside the notions of fairness and active citizenship, promoting a sense of social responsibility in our students.

Field Trips & Off-Site Physical Education

We incorporate experiential learning through curriculum-based field trips and off-site phys. ed. Field trips provide our students with an immersive learning experience, and enriching classroom instruction with real-world insights.

We believe in the importance of varied and engaging physical activities which builds healthy habits. We offer Phys. Ed. programs in skating, swimming, and multi-sports, conducted off-site under the supervision of trained professionals.

French & Music

Starting in grade 1 students build on their Casa knowledge of oral French language skills and begin to learn to read and write in French. This is achieved through engaging activities, games and music.

Our music program begins with introducing Grades 1 and 2 students to the fundamentals of note reading and the Montessori Bells, fostering an understanding of musical tones and pitch. In Grade 3, students are introduced to the ukulele, promoting their musical creativity and coordination.

Our Homework Policy

Our Lower Elementary programs adopt a structured approach towards homework. Assignments are assigned on a weekly basis, encouraging students to develop time management skills. These weekly tasks include studying for a spelling test, completing math exercises, and engaging in reading activities.

Throughout the academic year, students are required to work on three special assignments that will involve parental assistance. These include a written book report in the first term, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fair project in the second term, and an oral presentation in the third term.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of having my child attend the Montessori Lower Elementary program?
Based on parental feedback and observations of our graduates for over 25 years, we believe the benefits are two-fold. Primarily, the child’s overall development and the confidence they build in both their academic and personal abilities. They are most often strong leaders and public speakers in higher education. As importantly they have been nurtured with a strong sense of responsibility towards themselves but also towards the world community.
Where does my child continue after graduating the Lower Elementary Program?
There are many options offered in Halton.
Students have the option to stay at TRMS until grade 1 and commence in the Halton Public School French Immersion Program in grade 2 or to complete the full Lower Elementary program and continue at another school in Grade 4. Late French Immersion is offered in the Halton Catholic School board in grade 5. Also, there are numerous independent schools to choose from.
What does the Lower Elementary Program offer beyond the Montessori curriculum?
Students engage in multiple experiences beyond the academic programming. They participate in numerous field trips, in Community Outreach programs and are the school’s leaders in all special events. They also have the option to join afterschool clubs.

What Our Families Say About Our Lower Elementary Program

Hear directly from our passionate community of students’ families about their transformative experiences within our nurturing environment.

"I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for the incredible concert that was organized under your guidance. The concert was an absolute delight from start to finish. The choice of music/costumes, the stunning performances, and the...more"

Jane Zhao

"I wanted to extend my gratitude to you and the camp team for taking such excellent care of Ailah during her time at the camp. She had a wonderful experience and enjoyed herself. Your dedication to creating a safe and...more"

Afnan

"I can't believe that it has been nine years since I first walked through the doors of TRMS. As a first time mother I was certain that no one could care/teach Kathryn as well as I could. From the first...more"

Natyshak Family

"Thank you for a most exciting year at school this term! I have loved learning and being part of all the exciting events at my school. I am proud to be a "Montessori Kid". My favourite part of JK was...more"

Moschella Family

"Once again you have outdone yourself!! This year has been fantastic! We know that it is a team accomplishment, but the team can only be as good as its captain. Our hats off to you in admiration of your passion...more"

Haider Family

"Thank you for another amazing year! Our family is so blessed to have been a part of the Trafalgar Ridge family and will continue next year. We are so appreciative of your time and dedication to Teagan. She has definitely...more"

Drake Family

"Thank you for everything and for another wonderful year! Although this is only our second year at TRMS, we feel as though we have been a part of the family for years. Your continued support with concerns/issues (not that there...more"

Calderaro Family

Our Location

Address:
2379 Trafalgar Road, Unit 6 Oakville, Ontario L6H 6K7

Phone: 905-257-5955

Email: admin@trms.ca

TRMS is located in the Trafalgar Ridge “HomeSense/Winners” Plaza near the junction of Trafalgar Road and Dundas West (HWY 5).

We’re minutes from Highway 403’s exit on Dundas West; north of the QEW exit on Trafalgar; and south of Highway 407.

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