The Montessori philosophy of learning is based on respect for the child, respect for the environment, and respect for the individual learning styles of each and every child. This unconventional thinking offers an “outside the box” learning environment with extensive training in all areas of the curriculum.
A Curriculum Plan has been implemented by Lakeview to ensure that our Directors and Directresses are covering the Montessori Curriculum along with the Ontario Curriculum. In the higher grades this curriculum is enhanced with the ‘middle years program’, which prepares students for further studies in the ‘International Baccalaureate’ program. This is an international certification which is accepted by educational institutions globally. Lakeview offers standardized testing (CCAT) to be used as further insights into our efforts as educators and our students’ success in class.
Parents will receive one progress report (mid November) and report cards mid February and a student led conference at the end of June evaluating and assessing their child’s progress to that point. Parent/teacher interviews follow the mid-year report card (February), and are available upon request throughout the school year.
The Lakeview Montessori Curriculum at a Glance
|Toddlers||Casa / Pre-School||Elementary|
|Botany & Zoology|
|The Great Lessons|
|Educational Field Trips|
Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test (CCAT)
All elementary students in Lakeview Montessori School will write the CCAT test. This multiple choice test assesses your child on their learning potential in three areas of verbal, quantitative and nonverbal.
- Quantitative Abilities (quantitative relations, number series, equation building)
- Nonverbal Abilities (figure classification, figure analogies, figure analysis)
- Testing generally occurs in 3 sessions of 30 minutes.
The CCAT is designed to determine a child’s aptitude for learning: the result may be seen as predicting, in the short term, the student’s general achievement in school. The CCAT tests the student’s ability to learn; it should not be seen as a test of achieved learning or “schooling knowledge.” The CCAT is “norm-referenced,” so it ranks students, comparing the performance of each child to other same age/grade children (from a norm group) who took the same test under similar conditions.
Students do not need to prepare for this test and should just simply be encouraged to do their best. Results from the CCAT will be sent back to the school later in the year for the teacher and support staff to review. The results may provide a better insight into your child’s learning aptitude and will assist the school in programming for your child.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the CCAT test.
- Mandarin is the official Chinese language spoken and written in China. Over 1.3 billion people in the world speak Mandarin. It is one of six official languages used in United Nations. It is more and more important and popular all over the world because of the role of China in globalization.
- Mandarin is a tone language, it is very important to master the tone at very early age to ensure the accurate pronunciation which determines the meanings of the words in different contexts. Children between 0-12 years are at the best ages to develop their speech organs and listening skills. It is much easier for them to imitate and learn from the different speech sounds around them. Mandarin is written by symbols – which are called Chinese characters. Writing Chinese characters can help coordinate children’s eyes and hands, intrigue imaginations and develop spatial senses. Mandarin is a language totally different from European languages such as English, French, Spanish etc. in terms of phonetic sounds, grammar and syntax. It is not difficult, but different, if you start to learn it at an early age.
- The Going-Out program is a fundamental cornerstone of Montessori Education. The students go out to understand the world they live in through their own experiences and perspectives. In groups of two to four, they go out into the world and explore what they cannot explore in the class whether it be to interview an artist for a research project they are working on or to glean insight about a culture in its natural environment. A Montessori education is about preparing the student for his/her entire life – going-out is a crucial component for the child to be able to find where he/she fits into society and he/she needs to be prepared to take his/her place within it.
- There are five Great Lessons – each one meant to captivate and set the student’s imagination on fire with the thirst of wanting to know more. The first Great Lesson, The Creation Story, gives the child the grandest picture of the creation of his world and the laws that govern said world. The second lesson, The Coming of Life, describes how both plant and animal life developed on Earth with the introduction of a special creation appearing at the end. The third Great Lesson, The Coming of the Human Being, describes how special and unique human beings are and why we need to treasure each person. The fourth and fifth Great Lessons – Communication in Signs and The Story of Numbers introduce the child to the history of the English language and of Mathematics