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Coming Soon.

Montessori on the Mountain holds your child’s safety as our main priority. Our policy requests that children remain absent from school until free of symptoms of fever for 24 hours; of vomiting, diarrhea and severe rashes for 48 hours.

Caring Child

According to Hamilton Public Health, do not allow a child with any of the following symptoms to stay at the child care

  • Fever and a body rash

  • Diarrhea – two or more liquid bowel movements (poop) or a change from the child’s normal bowel movement (e.g., runny, watery or bloody poop) with no other explanation such as laxative use.

  • Vomiting  two or more times in the last 24 hours with no other explanation such as medication

  • Yellow or white eye discharge that is not treated

  • Severe cough

  • Yellowish skin or eyes or jaundice

  • Irritability, continuous crying more than usual

Please notify the school by email ( as soon as possible of any illnesses and/or absences.

Kid Getting Vaccinated

Immunization Reporting

When you enrol at Montessori on the Mountain, you are required to submit your child’s immunization records, and our school is required to submit them to Hamilton Public Health every September.

When your child has additional immunizations, Hamilton Public Health requires you to submit the updated information directly to them.

Vaccine exemption forms can be found here.

Inclement Weather (Snow Days)

Montessori on the Mountain follows the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board inclement weather process, which tries to post cancellation notices by 6:00a.m.. If HWDSB schools close, so does our school. If there is a snow day, we will communicate that to you as early as we can in the mornings via email.



Montessori On The Mountain - frequently asked questions

How long has Montessori education existed?

The Montessori method has existed since the early 1900s. Dr. Maria Montessori's pedagogy has gained popularity over the years and exists in 154 countries worldwide today. The unfortunate thing is that Maria Montessori did not copyright her name, and anyone can call themselves a Montessori school. This is why it is important for schools to get accredited by the CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators) or AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) and remain authentic to Dr. Montessori’s teachings.

Shouldn’t I invest in University tuition rather than my toddler?

This is a critical time in the child’s life where they are forming who they are. The impressions and experiences made in the first 6 years of life have a profound effect on who someone will become for the rest of their life. If we consider the significant physical and intellectual strides made from birth to 6, we can begin to understand how powerful this time is for the child. 

What is AMI?

The AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori and her son, Mario Montessori. AMI was created in order to maintain the integrity of Dr. Montessori’s work; as previously there was no copyright to her name. The AMI works to ensure that the integrity of Dr. Montessori's approach to education and child development is upheld in teacher training centres and schools on a global level.

Who are some famous Montessori graduates?

  • Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO)

  • Julia Child (chef)

  • Patty Duke (actress)

  • Anne Frank (author)

  • Prince Harry

  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google founders)

  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (former American First Lady)

  • Cher Bono (singer, actress)

  • Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia)

  • Helen Keller (author, activist)

  • Beyonce Knowles (singer)

  • Yo Yo Ma (cellist)

  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder)

  • Bill Gates (Microsoft founder)

  • Taylor Swift (singer)

  • Bill & Hillary Clinton (former American President and First Lady)

  • John & Joan Cusack (actors)

  • Anne Hathaway (actress)

  • Michael Douglas (actor)

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer)

  • Stephen Curry (NBA athlete) 

  • Anthony Doerr (author)

  • Queen Noor of Jordan (U.N. Advisor, activist)

What outcomes can I expect for my child after experiencing Montessori education?

Montessori graduates tend to be:



-hold a moral sense of social responsibility


-lifelong, joyful learners

-intrinsically motivated 






-gracious & courteous

Why does Montessori teach cursive writing before print?

We know that the natural flow of the cursive letters is much more natural and easier for children to learn. It will also be easier for the child to learn print after they already know cursive than the other way around.

What are the main differences between Conventional education and Montessori?

Conventional Curriculum
Montessori Curriculum
Child follows curriculum
Curriculum follows child
Focus on academics
Focus on holistic human development
Rate of progress determined by curriculum
Rate of progress determined by the child, i.e. curriculum is ‘developmental’
Curriculum is segregated
Curriculum is integrated
Curriculum is central to education
Curriculum is an aid to education
Content is arbitrary/political
Content is tied to characteristics of the child
Curriculum changes regularly
Curriculum is stable
Highly timetabled
Uninterrupted work periods
Teacher plans lessons without child input
Child has input to lessons
Implementation often segregated
Implementation integrated
Focus on outcomes
Focus on process
Summative assessment
Formative assessment

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.”

Dr. Maria Montessori  |  The Absorbent Mind

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