Why Choose the TRMS Lower Elementary Program?
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.
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?
Where does my child continue after graduating the Lower Elementary Program?
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?
What Our Families Say About Our Lower Elementary Program
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
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.