A Montessori environment encourages children to acquire the skills necessary for practical life by providing opportunities for children to take care of and develop respect for themselves and their environment; by helping them to refine their motor skills; by encouraging independence; and by valuing the acquisition of grace and courtesy. Children’s senses are awakened to help them conceptualize ideas such as shape, size, colour, and weight. Language lessons, including phonetic reading and writing, are encouraged, while verbal and written self-expression are encouraged. Stories and simple experiments are used to introduce children to history, culture, geography, and science. Mathematics studies is a hands-on process that leads children from concrete understanding to abstract learning. Sensorial and visual impressions of numbers (1 to 1000) help the children move beyond arithmetic into algebra and geometry. In addition to providing a full Montessori Casa program, UMS also offers learning experiences in French, computers, physical education, gymnastics, music, and visual arts. We also ensure that our youngest students have full access to our library.