Spanish Montessori Learning Centre (SMLC) is the first Spanish Immersion daycare program in the City of Lethbridge.
We opened our doors on September 15, 2008 and have been loving the adventure ever since!
It is our goal to provide a place where children can be exposed mainly to the Spanish language in a fun and educational environment.
We are a daycare alternative for families looking for a Montessori program for the price of regular daycare.
We serve children ages 0 to 6 years. We follow the Montessori Philosophy and Methodology in the program for
Toddlers and Kindergarten (19 months to 6 years old). For infants (0 to 19 months) we provide a loving and safe place
where they will be immersed mainly in the Spanish Language. We offer a variety of programs either full-time
or part-time, to suit the individual needs of every family.
We believe in the importance of individual and free learning, providing the children with a safe nurturing and
interesting environment so they can discover about themselves others and the world around them.
Montessori education emphasizes learning through hands-on experiences and the use of all five senses, not just by listening,
watching, or reading. Therefore, our focus is to give children opportunities to do every day practical activities that will help
them develop their sensory, motor, emotional, language, social and problem-solving skills.
"Within the child lies the fate of the future" Maria Montessori
It is the aiming to study and to help the development of the human individual from birth to maturity within the context of his life-situation. It is an educational method insofar as education is an integrative part of the formative process.
Maria Montessori. the founder of the Montessori method, graduated from the medical school of the University of Rome in 1896, and was the first woman to practice medicine in Italy. As a physician, Dr. Montessori was very involved with the care of young children.
Through scientific observation, she came to see how children interacted with one another, learned through the use of materials she provided, and went through specific phases of development.
Her approach to education was developed based on her observations, in collaboration with her background in psychology and her belief in the education of children as a means to create a better society.