Mosaic Montessori Academy
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15 Royal Vista Pl NW #142 Calgary AB T3G 0E2 403.768.3356
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176 Bedford Dr NE Calgary AB T3K 2M9 403.768.3095
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In the quest for a holistic approach to education that nurtures a child’s independence and love of learning, Montessori education stands out for its innovation and effectiveness. Rooted in the principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over a century ago, the Montessori method has grown in popularity among parents and educators for its unique approach to learning, characterized by self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. 

What truly sets Montessori apart are its core values, often distilled into the 4 C’s: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. At Mosiac Montessori Academy, we use these principles to help enrich your child’s educational experience, equipping them with essential skills for life-long learning and success. 

What Is Montessori?

Montessori is an educational approach that values the human spirit and children’s complete development—including their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth. It emphasizes learning through all 5 senses, not just listening, watching, or reading like many forms of traditional education. 

What makes Montessori unique is its focus on creating a prepared environment that can foster exploration and discovery, helping children learn at their own pace and according to their interests. Instead of traditional teacher-led instruction, Montessori classrooms have hands-on materials designed to engage children in purposeful activities that help promote cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth. 

Montessori education aims to encourage creativity and problem-solving skills, as well as a deep respect for oneself, others, and one’s environment. In Montessori education, the teacher acts as a guide, observing each child’s progress and providing individualized support as needed, thus nurturing a lifelong love of learning.

Graphic showing the four Cs of Montessori - Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration.

The 4 C’s of Montessori

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is encouraged in Montessori education through a carefully designed environment that challenges students to solve problems and analyze information independently. By engaging with Montessori materials and activities, students can develop a deeper understanding of subjects and cultivate the ability to think critically about the world around them.


Communication is central to Montessori philosophy. Students are encouraged to express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings in a respectful and open environment. Sharing their thoughts and feelings can help enhance their verbal and non-verbal communication skills—and also foster a sense of community within the classroom.


Collaboration is a natural outcome of the Montessori environment. Mixed-age classes allow older children to help teach the younger ones, fostering a sense of belonging and teamwork. A collaborative approach also helps teach students to work together towards a common goal, share knowledge, and respect each other’s contributions.


Creativity is nurtured in Montessori through freedom of choice and the encouragement of exploration. We use a selection of Montessori materials that can help children explore new ways to express themselves creatively—independently and with others. All of the materials are open ended, which provides endless opportunities to create new ways to use them. That creative freedom supports the development of innovative problem-solving and a creative mindset.

How Does Montessori Use the 4 C’s? 

Montessori schools seamlessly integrate the 4 C’s into every aspect of their curriculum and environment. 

  • Collaboration shines through when kids are working together in mixed-age classrooms on projects like building a community garden or creating group artwork.
  • Communication comes into play through daily group discussions, storytelling sessions, and presenting projects to classmates. 
  • Critical thinking plays a role in hands-on materials and activities that encourage children to explore, question, and find solutions independently, including puzzles and scientific experiments.
  • Creativity has an important role in imaginative play, expressed through various art forms like painting and sculpture. 
Table with various Montessori activities at Mosaic Montessori in Calgary.

Why Choose Montessori?

The 4 C’s of Montessori education serve as foundational pillars that can greatly benefit children’s learning and development. Together, they help empower children to become confident, adaptable, and resilient learners equipped with the skills and mindset needed to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Choosing Montessori education means prioritizing an environment that encourages children to explore, discover, and grow according to their interests and timelines. Montessori education fosters academic skills and emotional and social intelligence, helping prepare children for the complexities of the contemporary world. It respects each child as an individual learner, and it helps create life-long learners who are confident, curious, and capable of thinking critically and creatively. 

How to Incorporate Montessori Methods at Home

The principles of Montessori education can extend beyond the classroom into the home and everyday life. Parents and caregivers can:  

  • Organize home environments to promote independence: Keep utensils, toys, and books at child height for increased usability. 
  • Offer choices within limits: Invite your child into your decision-making, asking for their input on either/or choices. 
  • Encourage hands-on learning experiences: Inspire your child to choose toys with sensorial and tactile aspects, like blocks or puzzles. 
  • Support practical life activities: Let your child participate in cooking, cleaning, and gardening alongside you. 
  • Model effective communication: Observe your child and be attentive to their needs using active listening skills that include removing distractions and maintaining eye contact. 

By incorporating Montessori methods at home, you can also encourage your child’s independence and communication across environments, setting them up for success in the future. 

What Can Mosaic Montessori Academy Do for Your Child?

At Mosaic Montessori Academy, lifelong learning is more than an idea—it’s a reality. We can equip students with the skills they need to thrive in an ever-changing world by focusing on developing critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. 

Our programs can pave the way for your unique child’s brightest potential. Some of the benefits include: 

  • Holistic development 
  • Self-directing learning
  • Individualized education
  • Respect for diversity and inclusion 
  • Prepared environments
  • Social skills development

If you’re a parent considering Montessori, don’t hesitate to contact us and learn more about what Mosaic Montessori Academy can do for you and your child. Montessori’s approach doesn’t just educate children—it helps transform them.

Written by Shefun Jiwani-Ali

Mrs. Shefun Jiwani Ali is the founder and Head Directress of Mosaic Montessori Academy. She has been teaching the Montessori method since 2003, and founded Mosaic Montessori Academy in 2010. Under her guidance, Mosaic Montessori Academy provides educational experiences that are deeply rooted in the Montessori Philosophy.

Mrs. Ali discovered her passion for early childhood education during her time at University. Through her research she learned more about the Montessori method and philosophy. The concepts underpinning the Montessori method resonated strongly with Mrs. Ali.

She completed her degree in education,, and went on to complete her formalized Montessori training at Vancouver Montessori and ECE College. She graduated top of her class, earning valedictorian honors.

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