for September 2021 - June 2022 term
Where work and play come together
The Montessori for Early Childhood Education
We provide an innovative, nurturing and stimulating environment where children develop independence, confidence and a positive sense of self and the world around them. Our curriculum is designed to involve children in experiences that enhance language, literacy, music, movement, art and socialization. Through play, all areas of development are fostered.read more
We are dedicated to caring and educating
Our Educational Programs
Our exclusive curricula, combined with our own digital lesson planning tool, enable teachers to create personalized learning experiences, appropriate to every age group.
Following the Montessori Philosophy
Elements of Learning. Committed to Excellence
Our curriculum is based on Montessori philosophy. Our team believes in a reflective practice of education and aims to inspire children.
We believe that children learn best when placed in a prepared environment adhering to their inherent needs.read more
The Toddler and Casa Groups have a garden in their outdoor space. Each spring, the children and teachers contribute and create beautiful and educational container/raised bed gardens.
Daily outdoor sessions offer children the opportunity to develop gross motor skills and strength. Dance, yoga and other physical expression opportunities are incorporated daily into the classroom.
Art is an essential component of learning in Montessori classrooms. Providing skills, materials, and exposure to children's creativity at their own pace and level.
Our children benefit from a variety of outdoor play spaces. In addition to our playground, they experience the natural wonders of the forest, the big field, our raised gardens and nature walks.
The Montessori math curriculum is one of the best examples of the unique beauty of Montessori materials. Concrete materials introduce abstract concepts and give a sequential understanding of mathematical concepts.
A strong foundation in phonics, comprehension based on visualization, and whole language, or learning to read for meaning and using context clues. Montessori language has a multi-sensory approach and developmentally appropriate activities.
Why choose Headon Forest Montessori?
Montessori is an education for independence — preparing not just for school, but for life.
Montessori Education Method
The unique education philosophy set out by Dr. Maria Montessori aims to develop the child’s innate desire to learn. Following the Montessori approach, we nurture a child’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth for the development of a responsible and mindful citizen of the world.
Home- Like Environment
We are a small school that allows for relationships to be built between parents and teachers in supporting each child. We are committed to providing the tools, the guides, and the prepared environment necessary to allow each child to reach his or her full potential both socially, and academically.
We believe that every child is a unique person and capable of self-directed learning. In our prepared environment, children are encouraged to work at their own pace, either individually or in co-operation with others. All children instinctively want to develop their skills and understanding and their natural curiosity should be nurtured and respected.
Our Montessori trained teachers and early childhood educators follow a reflective practice. Our teachers are mindful of our philosophy and belief that each child is a unique individual with distinctive abilities. We believe that each child’s individuality must be recognised and in order to maximize their potential, their self-esteem and emotional wellbeing must be nurtured. Thus, laying the foundation for their lives as confident, independent and responsible citizens.
It is expected that all individuals (students and adults) treat each other with respect and courtesy and conduct themselves in a manner that will promote safety and security for all. It is expected that all students and staff individual needs are honored and accepted.
Children need healthy, wholesome foods
Healthy Food for Growing Children
By eating family-style and serving themselves, children learn about making healthy choices and the connection between food and community.
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We believe children learn by building on the knowledge they already have – primarily exhibited through play. Teachers help children learn by creating a rich environment to explore via exciting educational activities.
Respect the child
We are a school community which believes that each child is encouraged to develop his or her intellectual, social, and emotional capabilities to their fullest; Our academic and social development is achieved through and engaging program that is based upon the natural developmental stages of the child from toddler to 6-year olds and encourages a fundamental love of learning;
Environment is Important
We offer a social and educational curriculum that fosters independence, self-esteem, co-operation, conflict resolution and respect of self, others and the environment; •We aim to provide our students with a vision and experience of the world that encourages the children to use their unique skills and talents to contribute to their communities and to connect to the world around them;
We expect our educators and our parents to work together as a cohesive community for the development of a happy and balanced child. We believe in respecting the rights, dignity and integrity of each individual child and their family.
Positive, Safe Environment – We are committed to providing an uplifting and positive atmosphere for our children and staff; a fun learning experience in a secure, safe, and loving environment.
Leadership – We are committed to lead; developing, monitoring, and empowering our children and our staff to reach their full potential.
Excellence – We are committed to achieve the greatest levels of excellence in childcare, in education and in everything we do; being highly professional, innovative, creative, efficient, and effective.
Respect – We are committed to building strong, healthy relationships with each other, our children & their families, along with the community through communication and understanding of the cultures around us.
Integrity – We are committed to carry out our mission.
We have a focus on recruiting and retaining quality teachers and offer competitive remuneration, good student discipline and relatively small class sizes
Mrs. Mirel Khan
Ms. Mirel has been a part of Montessori education for over 20 years, first as a mother to two Montessori going children and later as a Casa directress. She earned her Montessori diploma in Toronto and, since then, has taught at various Montessori schools throughout Ontario. Her relationship with HFM began in 2016 when she joined her fellow teachers from another Montessori school to run the Montessori program at HFM. That relationship has progressed considerably to Ms. Mirel, now as the head Casa directress at HFM. In addition to teaching, Ms. Mirel is a big nature enthusiast and brings that love and enthusiasm into her classroom. She is also an amateur photographer and enjoys documenting her trail walks and hikes all over Ontario.
Ms. Janet Nickason
Ms. Janet is a vibrant part of the HFM team. She is an exercise enthusiast, bike riding being her favourite outdoor activity. Her true love of outdoors is evident as she spends as much time as she can outside and amongst nature. At HFM she has passed on this love of outdoor time to her children. “As a young girl I always knew I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse. After experiencing different age groups as a teacher, it became clear that toddlers were my calling. They are so willing to learn and absorb all they are exposed to. The growth and development are so exciting to see and it is very rewarding. I love the fact that they ‘keep me on my toes’." Much to the delight of her team members, Ms. Janet has also volunteered to be the official baker and barista of HFM.
Ms. Danielle Kotska
Ms. Danielle discovered Montessori when she started working with HFM over six years ago. She was so drawn to the beauty of the philosophy, that she committed herself to learning as much as she could about this method of education and continuously finds herself marvelling at all the magical moments, she observes around her in her classroom. Ms. Danielle loves developing classified cards and Montessori materials as she follows the interest of the children in the classroom and is especially proud of her painstaking 3-D animal and plants life cycle crafts which she and her students create. She is an avid sports enthusiast and a huge Blue Jays fan. Ms. Danielle’s love of sport makes her ideally suited to inculcate that enthusiasm in her young learners. She has developed the Gym and yoga programs at HFM and has organized baseball matches with her HFM team.
Ms. Mahnaz Minhas
Ms. Mahnaz was a teacher for elementary and high school students and was also part of the media industry where she applied her skills as a copy editor before she directed her undivided focus to Early Childhood Education. She initially entered the world of teaching younger children with some hesitation and trepidation but soon discovered that being a Montessorian was her true calling and hasn’t looked back since that decision she made 12 years ago. Headon Forest Montessori is a labour of love, the seeds sown after earning her diploma in Montessori education in Toronto and getting a rich experience working at various Montessori schools in Ontario. Her dedication is so determinedly embedded in her that Ms Mahnaz views HFM as an extension of herself. She takes pride in the fact that her "little" school is truly a children's Casa, and her team members are extremely committed to being happy guides for their little learners. Ms. Mahnaz’s love of writing and telling stories remains firmly intact from her background in the media and she hopes to one day publish a series for young children.
Ms. Samar Mahmood
Ms. Samar works as an assistant directress in the Casa room. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Education (MACTE Montessori certified) from The Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute. A mother of two, Ms. Samar has always been interested in the Montessori philosophy of learning. It was during her observations at the Montessori classroom on family observation days that she developed her love for the Montessori Method. She especially likes the sense of calm and wonder that she observes amongst the Montessori children. Ms. Samar enjoys working with the youngest children in the Montessori mixed classrooms and loves the practical life shelf. She feels that the children are happiest when they are engaged in real-life and ordinary activities that helps them build good habits such as focus, concentration and mindfulness
If you have feedback or words of praise that you would like to share, please submit your review at the bottom of this page.
Lawrence Family Class Of 2014-2017
“Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all you’ve done for our son and his journey. Because of you all, he loves to read, write, explore, teach and lead. I have no doubt that we have given him the best start possible. We know that he will think of the entire HFM family fondly”.
Rachel And Mike Class Of 2015-2017
“Great staff – positive, caring and friendly. HFM teachers are very interactive and engaged with the students. My son was always excited to go to school. Great daily routines. It might have been helpful to receive some sort of daily report for the pre-schoolers: sleep time, eating, toileting. But it was always easy to ask teachers at the end of the day. You could ask any teacher, and they would all be able to tell you about your child. An excellent program over all”.
Kara And James- Class Of 2014-16
“Headon Forest Montessori is a clean, well-managed and engaging environment that provides the tools/necessities required for learning. The teachers are committed to the needs of the children and are genuinely passionate about their role with the kids. We have been very happy with the curriculum, dietary program, health accommodations (our son has an allergy), summer program, learning tools, hours of operation, communication to parents and obvious concern for the children in their care. We strongly recommend Headon Forest Montessori”.