The Little Country School is located on a small hobby farm in rural Puslinch Township.
We spend our days inside learning in a beautiful Montessori classroom and outside interacting with farm animals and exploring our beautiful property. Our small class sizes ensure that your child is given the right amount of attention by our educators to foster their learning skills.
The Little Country School has been operating for over 21 years, headed by our principal and teacher, Mrs. Jacqueline Flowers, R. ECE. Licensed with the Ministry of Education as a Private School, we accept students entering their Junior Kindergarten year through to Elementary years.
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Hello! I’m Jacqueline Flowers. I’ve been teaching since 1987 (…yes that long!) and have owned and operated The Little Country School since 2001. I opened our school so many years ago when there was a real need in our community for an alternative way of education.
The Little Country School has been in two other locations as we grew but in 2013 I fulfilled a life long dream of having the school right on our farm. Teaching children compassion and empathy towards animals and nature has always been a cornerstone of our education. From watching the tiniest insect crawling along to watching chicks hatch to watching the snow fall quietly in my mind all go hand in hand with learning to read, write and learn.
Along with being a Registered Early Childhood Education and certified Montessori teacher, I continue to study and learn many other amazing methods of teaching and feel that my learning along with my students is a life long journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
tour allows both families and the school if we are the right fit for each other. Once the tour is
completed, you will be emailed a waiting list form. Please fill out the form and we will contact
you once the spot becomes available.
become available during the year and thus we don’t usually have a spot open during the school
year. We find it a transition challenge for children to join us mid year.
Christmas holidays and one week for March Break.
there are no other hidden fees. School fees are paid on a monthly basis.
year. Once we determine how many spots we can offer, we then take siblings who are on the
wait list. Then we will take children from our waiting list, and then, if be chance we still have an
opening, we will open enrolment to the general public.
closely with to become friendly and safe to be with the children. Our geese, chickens and ducks
have either been hatched by the school or have been hand raised since a day or two old.
know that their role in caring for the animals is very important. They each spend time every day
cleaning out animal pens, feeding the animals and interacting with them. The children also learn
about pollination in our certified Monarch butterfly garden and learn about growing vegetables
and fruits in our organic vegetable garden.
curriculum meets and exceeds the guidelines set forth by the Ministry.
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Parent and Student Testimonials
“Mrs. Flowers fosters an attitude of gratitude in all of her students. I simply cannot imagine sending our children anywhere else to learn, grow and develop! The incorporation of nature into education has a profound impact on our girls, combining their love of outdoors and learning.
The small school size allows Mrs. Flowers to spend valuable time with each of her students; not only are my children learning at an excelled pace, they feel supported, encouraged and are excited to go to school every day! They have grown their self-confidence and independence which I feel is a direct result of this supportive environment.
Mrs. Flowers goes above and beyond every day, investing in her students. She is generous, kind and nurturing, leading by example and raising the next generation of children who we are so proud of. Mrs. Flowers, thank you for loving our children like they are your own. There is no other school in the world that could replace this experience for our children.”
“I drove by the Little Country School the other day and was just flooded with wonderful memories. I have two sons and both of them attended the Little Country School for 8 years. I enrolled them at an early age, 3 years old.
Right from the beginning I realized that this was a great place for them, a place where they can learn worthwhile things to make a strong start in their lives, where a solid foundation is laid that supports later learning, and where they develop a desire to learn more.
The Little Country School not only focused on improving my sons’ areas of need but also put a huge emphasis on supporting their individual strengths. My children were excited about going to school every morning. I will never be able to thank Mrs. Flowers enough for her guidance, hard work and friendship.”
“The Little Country School is where I learned to love school. It was a place I was excited to go to everyday and where so much self exploration is achieved. This hands-on teaching method not only increases effectiveness, but makes learning fun! I remember actually begging my elementary teacher to let me learn decimals with the older kids because I was that excited.
Each day is different through self-directed activity, and students had the flexibility to create their own schedules as long as the work got done. This is a great deal of autonomy given to kids at such a young age which I think is crucial in building initiative and work ethic.
The Little Country School put me far ahead of my education level for my age and I was well prepared for the transition to public school as most of the beginning was a review for me. I learned things in Montessori that wouldn’t have been taught until years ahead in public school.
However there was more than just learning math, science, or language in the classroom. A great part of recess was exploring in the forest learning about nature while being fully immersed in the environment. Rather than just reading about the butterfly life cycle, Jacqueline Flowers brought in real monarch butterflies and we watched them go from egg to butterfly, then releasing them to join the migration to Mexico. I was able to discover who I was as a child, and with a great focus on peace, kindness, and independence, The Little Country School is an amazing place for a child to begin their journey.”