Science, the Earth and Awe

The initial lesson for the Periodic Table was short and sweet, not even 5 minutes. I told the children that this year we are calling our birthdays by the name of the element with the corresponding atomic number on the Periodic Table. For example...

Planning trips in the Middle school program

Please find what one of our Middle School student presented at a CHAT leadership conference. One of the most exciting things that we do in our Middle school is the students fully plan our end of year trip. Once the destination has been decided by...

Micro-business in the Middle School program

Please find what one of our Middle School student presented at a CHAT leadership conference One of the unique things about our Middle School program is our microbusiness. Our microbusiness is a way for our class to raise money for our end of year...

Cooking Program in the Middle School program

Please find what one of our Middle School student presented at a CHAT leadership conference. In our middle school, we never bring lunches from home. Instead, we prepare them all at school. Each child brings 16 dollars for the week. The system...

Self-directed and creative Jewish learning

“As part of the Jewish history learning curriculum, I made a Jewish history Power Point presentation, from creation of the world (Bereshit) to the end of the ​E​xodus. This took a good two months or so, and it was all worth it. Plus with my...

Trip to Ottawa organized by the students

​The students in Kita Shalhevet (grades 4-6) returned from a wonderful 3-day trip to Ottawa last Thursday, and they are bringing back more than just great memories of museums, watching the Blue Jay’s game, and going swimming at the hotel...

The Rain Stick and BIG Work

How does MJDS support the development of 21st century skills such as team work, planning,organization, communication and creativity? How do our students develop crucial Executive Functions such as flexible thinking, working memory...

Aboriginal Studies and Open Museum

As their class trip to the capital of Ottawa approaches, Kita Shalhevet students have been learning about the history of the country they live in, and the importance of the First Nation peoples who inhabited this land before them. The projects...

Leadership, Creativity and Purim

The older elementary students took the initiative to recreate the story of Purim. In Kita Shalhevet, Daniel wrote and directed a wonderful version of the Megillah, holding exhaustive auditions to ensure that he had the right actor for each part...

Flexibility Leads to Creativity in the Workplace

At MJDS and in all Montessori schools children are encouraged to speak their mind and make logical, convincing arguments; they know that their opinions count and deserve respect.  They also benefit from interaction, autonomy, and a sense of...

Home/work

There are many, many things I love about MJDS, but one of my favourite things about our school is that there is no homework.  I often hear complaints from friends, with kids at other schools, that they have to spend hours each night sitting with...