IMS offers a wide range of popular and innovative extra-curricular for our students to compliment our regular curriculum. All our programs are designed for young children and incorporate Montessori practices and principles.
Montessori Chinese Program
IMS is the only school in the GTA that offers a Montessori Chinese Program. Students enrolled in the Montessori Chinese program will learn Chinese with hands-on and purposeful Montessori materials including sandpaper character boards, 3-part cards, picture to character puzzles, sensory bins, sand/rice writing, etc. Rather than having a standardized lesson plan, each student will have an individualized learning plan and will progress according to his/her interest and developmental needs. The Montessori method is proven to increase students’ interest in learning a new language and makes Chinese learning fun and engaging. The Montessori Chinese Program is available in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and students will have exposure to both the traditional form of Chinese characters as well as the simplified form which is widely used in China.
Montessori Piano Program
IMS’ Creative Arts program is a beginner Art for students age 3.5 – 6. This is a class designed to teach different drawing and painting techniques, good craftsmanship, and creative problem solving. Students will explore a variety of wet and dry mediums as well as creative storytelling and design. Graduates of our Creative Arts program will develop a solid art foundation and appreciation for visual art, and are well primed for future creative studies.
IMS’ Dance Class is a great introductory class that exposes our little dancers (age 2.5-6) to a variety of dance disciplines, including tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, hip hop, etc. IMS will organize dance performances for students in our dance class.
Through carefully sequenced musical experiences using songs, games, rhythms, Orff instruments, poems, dances, and stories from around the world, children will learn about musical performance, improvisation, literacy, and creativity. Our Orff music classes will utilize songs, stories, and poems to enhance children’s vocabularies in addition to their musical experience.
Montessori Chinese Program (Age 4 - 7)
Our Saturday morning Montessori Chinese program is designed for young children between ages 4 and 7. Our program is the only program in Markham that teaches Chinese in a Montessori way – meaning minimal worksheets, flashcards, and memorization. Instead, children learn via sensory memory, games, and small group interactions. Both traditional form of characters and simplified form are taught in our program. And we offer programs in both Cantonese and Mandarin.
Like any Montessori classroom, children will be placed in a mixed age classroom ranging from age 4 to 7. Younger students are introduced to sensory activities, songs, stories, and games. The work for this level focuses on verbal communications and simple characters recognition. Montessori tools such as sandpaper boards and 3 part cards are introduced to prepare for Chinese reading and writing. Older students will work on strengthening their Chinese foundation using a variety of Montessori tools and reading material. Stroke orders and radicals are emphasized in this level. Casa students are taught to converse in Chinese using proper grammar and sentence structures, be familiar with the 52 common radicals, their respective side radicals, understand simple idioms, and be able to read short stories.
This is an external program that is only offered to external students who are not currently enrolled in IMS’ regular daycare program and is not a licensed childcare program covered under CCEYA.
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Unit 7A, 1210 Castlemore Avenue
Mon-Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm
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