• PETITE MAISON MONTESSORI is dedicated to providing an enriching and challenging educational environment where each child’s natural curiosity and interest is explored and cultivated. Multilingualism promotes intercultural dialogue and emphasizes that we are all part of one world.
  • Founded and created by Roula Porcelli in 1997 originally as a Saturday school and French summer camp, Roula used her Montessori training to teach French in a fun and interesting way. Seeing the drastic improvement in children’s abilities to grasp French, Roula decided to open Petite Maison Montessori in 1999. Since then, PMM has grown and flourished into a multi-lingual Montessori school that is recognized as a reliable, trustworthy, safe and loving environment that cultivates each child’s maximum potential. Next to Roula stands her dedicated and long time staff members that are committed to directing each child’s learning journey with the utmost care and respect. The introduction of languages from an early age promotes multilingualism and opens endless doors of opportunities for your child in the future.

    Our program specializes in the arts and languages, offering French, Spanish and Greek.

    Since 1999, Petite Maison Montessori has been a licenced daycare by the Ministry of Community and Youth Services. In 2013 this Ministry amalgamated with the Ministry of Education ensuring high quality of care for children under the age of 6 is provided at all times. Having a license means we undergo annual inspections in our Fire, Health and Safety practices.
    Since 1999, Petite Maison Montessori has been operating its program from the historic Don Mills United Church at 126 O’Connor Dr. With over 5000 plus square feet of security monitored space, Petite Maison Montessori offers the following: private washrooms, separate sleep room for our younger children and a fully fenced and rubberized surface on our outdoor playground. In addition, the children maintain their own garden and are surrounded by beautiful stain glass windows and an abundance of natural light shining through each of our 3 spacious classrooms.
    We are the first fully bilingual Montessori program to be offered in the East York area and support the local French Immersion schools in the surrounding community. We are also one of a very few ACCREDITED Montessori schools in the G.T.A. See CCMA website for details.

    Our Casa Program effectively prepares children for Grade 1 and specializes in languages and the arts. We accept children with special needs and will do our best to access, monitor and accommodate them. Our curriculum meets and on many levels exceeds the Ontario Standard Curriculum for Junior and Senior Kindergarten children. In addition your child will have the opportunity to learn French, Spanish and Greek.

    Not only will your child be in an ACCREDITED MONTESSSORI PROGRAM but a fully licenced childcare facility too! Parents are encouraged to access the Ministry of Education childcare website and view our online Annual Inspection Report from the following site http://www.iaccess.gov.on.ca/LCCWWeb/childcare/search.xhtml

    Petite Maison Montessori attracts teachers with high credentials and academic standards. We recruit degree certified Language Teachers and MACTE accredited Montessori educators.
    MACTE accreditation ensures that the teacher training course is authentic and recognized as an accredited training centre in good standing.

    The principal Roula Porcelli has certification in both the Primary and Elementary training in Montessori Education along with a degree in French and Spanish studies from York University.

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  • Our Programs

    We offer full time and half time programs.

  • Hours of operation:

    Opened from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm daily.
    We offer full and half day programs – 5 days per week.

    Full day ……………………. 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    Half day……………………. 8:30 am – 11:45 pm
 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Extended care is available from 8:00 am – 8:30 am.
    and from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm daily.

  • Please see our current Fee Schedule for more details.  With the exception of our June closing day, we typically follow the Toronto District School Board Calendar.

    Please observe all holidays and Professional Activity Days in our annual Calendar.

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    • Casa Program with French
      Petite Maison Montessori is a multilingual and multi-age program. We offer an alternative pre-school experience. As an accredited montessori school, your child will receive a solid 3 year montessori education in one of our 3 classrooms. Each classroom supports all the areas of the montessori curriculum and prepares your child for success in Grade 1. We offer an alternative preschool: JK and SK
      • 2.5 - 6 years old
        pre-school, JK and SK
      • up to 24 children
        3 qualified teachers
    • Half day French immersion
      Our French Immersion classes are offered on a part-time basis only (half days) five days per week.
      • JK and SK
        Led by qualified Bilingual Teacher(s)
      • min 10 children / teacher and max 20 children / class
        2 qualified French teachers
    • Extended care
      Before and after school care is available for all children.
      Between 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. this service is complimentary for those parents that need it.
      From 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. extended care fees are applicable.
    • After school clubs
      Petite Maison Montessori offers a variety of afterschool clubs for your child's enjoyment. Clubs are offered by the teachers along with an after school assistant that is now PMM Alumni. Some options might include:
      • Art/Drawing
      • Drama
      • Literature and Art
      • Building
      • Sports
      • Cooking
      • Yoga
      • Movies
    • I would like to thank everyone at PMM for all your hard work. I watched the video and was amazed at all the activities the children do on a daily basis, it was very touching to see the interaction between the children and teachers. You have a wonderful and dedicated team. Thanks!

      Jacqui Forgeard
    • Thank you for the wonderful yearbook, DVD, picture CD and so many lovely gifts. Deniz really enjoyed this past year at PMM. We are so glad we made a right choice to send him here. Thank you all for the love and effort you gave to Deniz.

      Makul family
    • You have given us and our children a gift of love and affection that have been the soul to the level of achievement that will undoubtedly set the foundation to success and refinement for the years to come.

      Victor, Christina, Lauren and Hudson
  • Our Curriculum

    Montessori 3 Year Program

    • Area 1. Practical Life

      “Help me do it myself.” Upon entering our casa classrooms, children are exposed to a variety of Practical Life activities. They learn to carry out a task from beginning to end. Children have the opportunity to choose tasks that they see as part of the daily routine at home. Practical Life activities develop concentration, fine motor skills, order, confidence and independence. Each of these skills is taught through specific exercises and provides the child with the freedom they need in order to work at their own individual pace and interest.

    • Area 2. Sensorial

      “The way to the brain is through the hands.” Sensorial materials help children classify and distinguish differences in size, texture, weight, sound, shape, taste and colour. Each of the five senses is engaged by a specific sensorial material and an abundance of hands on opportunities. Sensorial materials satisfy children’s instinctive desire to touch, taste and smell the world around them, while refining their senses and developing skills in thinking, judging, concentrating, sequencing, and comparing.

    • Area 3. Language

      “No one but a child can learn to perfect as many languages as he hears spoken.” A child’s phenomenal ability to master languages will be nourished and maximized by introducing French, Spanish, and Greek. Phonetics will be used to foster an understanding of how words are formed. Upon completion of our 3 year program, children will graduate with confidence in communicating, reading, and writing.

    • Area 4. Cultural Studies

      Children have a natural curiosity about the world in which they live. In a very short time they realize that there is a world beyond their own. Children will explore Art, Science, Music, Food, Botany, Zoology, and Geography. Exploration into other cultures will be cultivated. We offer specialized art and music classes for all children.

    • Area 5. Math

      The Montessori Method presents math in a way that is interesting, reassuring and gratifying. The child’s ordinary environment is used to make the learning of math practical and relevant in his/her life and experiences. In this manner, children develop a positive attitude towards learning math and developing numeric skills. All four operations are taught by the child’s third year. He learns to separate, share, combine, count, and compare. The foundation is being laid to prepare for abstract thinking.

  • Highlights of PPM

    • 8:1 Student:Teacher ratios
    • Spacious Bright Classrooms
    • Daily French, Art, and Music
    • Monthly Newsletters
    • Progress Reports
    • Trips
    • Parent Teacher Interviews
    • Dynamic Concerts
    • Parent Volunteers
    • Summer Camp
    • Theme Days
    • Spanish and Greek
    • School Yearbook & DVD
    • Picture CDs each year!
  • Admissions

    Enrollment Process

    Please read the enrollment process guidelines and download our application form. For more information please fill the form below:

  • 1. Inquiry

    Contact the school by telephone, email or view the website to get initial information.

    2. Tour of the School

    Set up an appointment to attend a half hour observation of one of our classrooms as well as a tour of our facility. During the tour you will receive additional information about our programs. You will have the opportunity to view all the classrooms, outdoor play area and have all your questions answered.

    3. Application

    After having an opportunity to read all applicable information, complete the application form and submit to the Administrative Assistant. The application should also be accompanied with the $100 application fee.

    4. Acceptance

    Acceptance of a child is based on several factors, including:

    • Returning students and siblings of current students are given priority over our waiting list.
    • The date in which we received your application. Earlier submission means earlier acceptance into our program and by submission due date of Jan 30 of the year you are applying for.
    • New applications are selected to fill the remaining spaces with all efforts made to maintain age mix and gender balances within the classrooms
    • Evaluations from the child’s previous school are considered, if applicable
    • Each application is reviewed by Administration
    • A letter of acceptance into our program is emailed out and a confirmation back from the parents is required within 48 hours.
    • After we have received confirmation of acceptance, a registration package is prepared for your child to complete his/her registration.

    5. Waiting List

    Applicants who have been accepted for all reasons other than space availability will be placed on a Waiting List (completed application and application fee must be on file). Once you are notified of an opening, acceptance must be confirmed within 48 hours, at which time your application fee will be processed. If confirmation is not received within 48 hours, we will offer the space to the next person on the Waiting List.

    6. Placement

    Families will be notified of class placement in June and will be invited to our Meet the Teacher Night. The balance of ages and genders is kept in mind when assigning children to classrooms. In August, you will receive a School Calendar and other pertinent information regarding the school year.

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  • Age Requirements

    We offer a 3-year Montessori Program for children ages 2 ½ to 6. First year children should be 3 years old by Dec. 31st of the year they begin or they will be considered for our Prep program. All children are expected to be toilet-trained by the time they begin in our program.

    • Two snacks and a hot lunch are provided daily. Our facility offers a large, fully equipped playground with safety rubberized surfacing and a private parking zone.
    • We offer a 4 week summer ART-LINGO (arts and languages) camp every July.
  • Montessori Education

    “The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.” This freedom of exploration is made possible through our “prepared environment” calling forth each child’s natural desire to work. The classrooms have been carefully designed to meet a child’s need for observation, reflection and concentration, working both independently and in small groups. Independent activity constitutes about 80% of the work in the classrooms while teacher-directed activity accounts for the remaining 20%. The reverse is true for traditional education. This approach promotes social relationships, free interaction and discoveries.
  • CCMA Accreditation

    Currently, Petite Maison Montessori is an accredited school with the C.C.M.A. We completed the process of becoming fully accredited by this organization in 2009. Since Montessori schools are not governed by a central body, nor is anyone prohibited from using the Montessori name, accreditation is an effective way for us to ensure parents that we are providing quality Montessori education. For more information on accredited schools please visit ccma.ca
  • Montessori education offers:

    • Promotes a deep love of learning and mutual respect between student and teacher
    • Helps develop the whole child as a preparation for life
    • Fosters respect for the needs, rights and dignity of each child as a full and independent person
    • Allows for the freedom for each child to develop his/her unique personality and passions
    • Assists each child in becoming a happy and accepted member of  the school community
    • Respects learning for the process not the products it produces
    • Builds solid foundation  in reading, writing and Math
    • Maximizes each student's academic success with individual programming
    • Develops  independence, self-confidence and self-esteem
    • Encourages self-directed learning, making responsible choices, and taking responsibility for one's own actions
    • Fosters  good health and nutritional eating habits
    • Develops independent thinkers and problem solvers
    • Helps to promote good time management skills,  critical thinking skills, listening skills, setting goals and techniques for evaluating one's own progress toward a goal
    • Brings attention to good work habits including self-discipline, concentration, coordination, perseverance and thoroughness. Freedom for independent thought, creative problem solving and free expression in order to develop creativity, flexibility, resourcefulness and initiative
    • Fosters good manners, respect and sensitivity towards others.
    • Builds empathy from a young age
    • Learns to talk about goals, behaviour and feelings while learning how to resolve conflicts peacefully
    • Promotes international  awareness through the study of multiple languages,  geography, international festivals and celebrations; special visitors, charity work and field trips
    • Encouraging a deep respect for nature and all living things
    • Maria Montessori

      With respect to early childhood education, Dr. Maria Montessori was a visionary ahead of her time. She developed materials and methods founded on her belief that every child wishes to learn, given the proper materials and environment. She believed every child possesses an innate desire for learning. She recognized children as having an “absorbent mind” – constantly exploring their surrounding environment.

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  • Famous Montessori People

    There are quite a number of famous and successful people who, in some form or another, have a Montessori connection. Check some interesting names below:

    Some of the famous people who attended Montessori school as children:

    Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google.com
    Jeff Bezos, financial analyst, founder, Amazon.com
    Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
    Prince William and Prince Harry, English royal family
    Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor, former first lady (John F. Kennedy)
    Julia Child, famous chef, star of many TV cooking shows and author of numerous cookbook
    Anne Frank, famous diarist from world war II
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature
    T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
    Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian painter and architect
    George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
    Kami Cotler, actress (youngest child on long-running series The Waltons)
    Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
    Elizabeth Berridge, actress (Constanze in Amadeus)
    Joshua Bell, American violinist, owner of Stradivarius violin
    Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rap star, music mogul

    Some of the famous people who chose Montessori schools for their own children:

    Bill and Hillary Clinton, former president/senator, NY
    John Bradshaw, psychologist and author
    Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James, television executive and actress
    Stephen J. Cannell, TV writer-producer-director (The Rockford Files and many others)
    Willie Nelson, musician, has a Montessori school on his ranch
    Patty Duke Austin, actress
    Cher Bono, singer-actress
    Michael Douglas, singer-actress
    Yul Brynner, actor
    Marcy Carcy, TV producer
    Shari Lewis, puppeteer
    Yo Yo Ma, cellist
    David Blaine , street magician

    And others with some kind of Montessori Connection

    Alexander Graham Bell, noted inventor, provided financial support directly to Dr. Montessori. Helped establish the first Montessori class in Canada and one of the first in the United States
    Thomas Edison, noted scientist and inventor, helped to found a Montessori school
    Bruno Bettelheim, noted psychologist/author, was married to a Montessori teacher
    Erik Erikson, anthropologist/author, had a Montessori teaching certificate
    Jean Piaget, noted Swiss psychologist, made his first observations of children in a Montessori school
    Alice Waters, restaurateur and writer, is a former Montessori teacher
    President Wilson’s daughter, trained as a Montessori teacher. There was a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House during Wilson’s presidency
    Mister Rogers, children’s TV personality, strong supporter of the Montessori method

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  • Contact Us

    • Our Location

      Petite Maison Montessori
      126 O’Connor Drive,
      Toronto, ON M4K 2K7

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: (416) 429-0507

    • Business Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8 am – 5:30 pm
      Extended care, 4 pm – 5 pm
      Morning care, 8 am – 8:30 am

    • Sessions

      Half Day AM,
      8:30 am – 11:45 am
      Half Day PM, 1 pm – 4 pm
      Full Day, 8:30 am – 4 pm