GAIN MULTICULTURAL MOMENTUM WITH MONTESSORI

Contributed by Stacey Boorman, Freelance writer and mum

One thing I’ve learned is that my kid learns more from experience than me telling her what or how to do something. Do you think I taught her the word “like” (as in “mummy, like, I’m just not tired”)? No! But it’s coming out of her mouth, like, all the time.

 
Recently I visited the school she’ll attend, and wondered if there will be enough exposure to the different cultures and ethnicities of Toronto. I can tell her skin colour doesn’t matter and we’re all the same on the inside, but unless she is part of a multicultural experience, I’m wasting my breath. I don’t want to deny her of Toronto’s beautiful mosaic of people. So, I can choose a different kind of school; a school like Momentum Montessori.

 
I recently visited Momentum Montessori and met the Principle, Ryan Murray, the teachers and kids. I could tell this environment allows kids to learn, grow and thrive in more than just the traditional way. Ryan’s excitement about the weekly city outings and local organic lunches was palpable. But what stood out for me was when Ryan told me about having teachers and students from all over the world at Momentum Montessori. Everyone is encouraged to share stories, language, and knowledge, bringing otherwise one dimensional tales to life. Their stories hold more meaning because the people in their stories are their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters; the sense of adventure (and adversity) is heightened because they’ve lived it. Math, spelling, reading – those will happen anywhere she goes – but learning to express compassion, open mindedness, empathy and gratefulness is what sets Momentum apart.

 
I am happy to know there are schools like Momentum Montessori offering the kind of rich, well rounded educational experience I always hoped she would get from growing up in this great city we call home.

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