Athletics and Arts
One of the ways in which UMS stands apart from other schools is by offering many additional opportunities for learning above and beyond our Montessori curriculum.
Athletics and Physical Education
Development of coordination, balance and strength is an important component of our Toddler Program. The playroom invites children to explore and delight while developing control of their bodies. At UMS we believe that young children need to explore the outside world in order to develop their innate connection with nature. Weekly walking journeys allow the children to appreciate and care for the natural world. Children also interact with each other through organized games or free play activities on the outdoor playground equipment.
Gym conveniently located in the Pre-Casa facility . Enables students to have formal gym classes with our specialized gym teacher to develop many necessary and important skills. Large play field to encourage physical activity during outdoor play as well as a completely fenced in play structure for gross motor development.
Arts and Crafts
The children in the Toddler Program have the opportunity to explore and create masterpieces with such mediums as finger-paints, play dough, cutting and pasting on a daily basis. They are introduced to new art activities each week, using a variety of materials and techniques. By providing an environment rich in the arts, children naturally engage in these purposeful activities using their imaginations and creative tendencies.
Music with Orff Music Teacher in more formal lesson, but Music incorporated into circle times throughout the day. Frequent art projects created by students, focus on theme or season/holidays. As well, Art incorporated into the Practical Life/Sensorial activities to help them develop important skills such as cutting, pasting and colour recognition.
Exposure to music plays a significant role in the development of the young child. Daily music circles provide each child with the opportunity for singing and movement. Using the ORFF Approach of music education, our teachers combine music, movement and speech into lessons. This approach is a “child-centred way of learning” and treats music as a basic system like language. Through participation in these classes Pre-Casa and Casa students develop their knowledge and skills through listening, performing and creating. Students learn to identify various elements of music (beat, rhythm, pitch, etc.), accompany songs using rhythmic instruments, sing songs from a variety of cultures, and communicate their own thoughts and feelings about music and what it means to them. On occasion, UMS has had special guest musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Trillium Brass Quartet among others.
UMS offers after-school clubs for pre-Casa students which in the past have included “Musical Movement” and “Arts & Crafts”. For a current listing of after-school clubs please contact the school.