Elementary

A holistic education for social development.

Casa

An authentic Montessori curriculum and work cycle.

Toddler

A multi-age classroom allows for peer learning and mentorship.

Our School

Lyonsgate offers an authentic Montessori program
in conjunction with a bilingual environment.

ccma accredited

Our mission

Lyonsgate Montessori School is a fully bilingual, CCMA-accredited Montessori programme for children 18 months to 9 years of age. At Lyonsgate we believe in education of the whole child. We believe that each child develops at their own individual pace and that through guided experiential learning and hands-on activity, we can help them reach their full potential. We encourage children in a positive way, setting the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

News & Events

  • Observation Guidelines for Elementary Monday, 14 January 2019

     

    Lyonsgate Elementary Observation Guidelines

    Thank you for taking the time to observe in our environment. An observation is an opportunity for you to get a glimpse of how a Montessori environment functions. There are a few things to consider when you are observing in the classroom:

    • Please enter the school through the cloakroom by using the side gate and doorbell.   If you have a coat, bag or beverage with you, please leave these in the cloakroom.
    • The observation chair is placed in a specific spot in the classroom. This is the place where observers can view work occurring in different areas while allowing the environment to operate as usual with as little disruption as possible.
    • The guide will not be available to answer any questions during the observation; please ensure you make note of any questions to raise at your Parent-Teacher Conference.
    • The children may approach you. The best way to ensure that you are seeing an accurate depiction of the space is to politely say “Hello,” and tell them that you are here to see them do their work. Please refrain from engaging in conversation with them.
    • When your observation is complete, please quietly exit the classroom without interrupting the students to say goodbye.  We thank you for joining us, and hope that you thoroughly enjoy your time in the environment.

    When you are observing, you may want to take some of the following questions into consideration:

    1. Are the children engaging in independent or collaborative work?  
    2. How do the older children engage with the younger children (and vice versa)?
    3. What examples of Practical Life tasks do you see occuring in the Elementary environment?
    4. Which other subjects do you see students investigating?
    5. How do the children resolve conflict?
    6. How do children transition from one activity to the next?

     

  • Lyonsgate Weekly Update | January 18, 2019 Lyonsgate Weekly Update | January 18, 2019 Monday, 14 January 2019

    Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

    Parent Education Evening:

    The winter term Parent Education Evening is next week: Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Lyonsgate Primary campus on Aberdeen Ave., from 4:00-5:00 p.m, in the synagogue’s Sanctuary (where the Holiday Concert was). Please click here to register for childcare (pizza will be available for registered children).

    This evening will introduce you to the different “Planes of Development,” as Maria Montessori called them. Montessori environments are prepared to meet the developmental needs of children at different ages and stages of development.

    We will discuss each “Plane of Development” and highlight the characteristics of children at each stage. You will learn how Lyonsgate’s prepared Montessori environments meet children’s developmental needs, and understand the relations between the different levels as your children progress from Toddler to Casa to Elementary.


    We sent out the updated Parent Contact lists this past week and have had some replies about incorrect or updated contact info, and about additions to the lists. Please take a look at the lists that were sent out and let us know (at jason@lyonsgate.ca) if any information is incorrect, outdated, or if you would like to be added to the list for your child's class (inclusion on the Parent Contact lists is optional and some families have chosen to not be included; just let us know if you would like to be added).


    We'd just like to remind everyone to please make sure children have appropriate outdoor clothing every day, especially now that the forecast  is predicting real winter weather. Outdoor activity time is essential for learning and development, and is mandated legislatively. All children at all levels get outside every day except in the worst of weather conditions. It is not possible to have one or two children stay inside because they don't have appropriate outer wear; staff is required to be outside  to supervise the children. A few tips we've picked up over the years:

    • Please ensure hats and mitts/gloves fit properly. If hats don't cover ears or fall over eyes, or if mittens are hard to put on, uncomfortable to wear, or make it difficult to hold things, children tend to abandon them, or end up with cold ears.
    • Once the snow sticks, please avoid cloth or knit mittens/gloves. When children play with snow it melts, gloves get wet, and little hands get cold.
    • As you know, Montessori strives to help children develop independence. Of course we will make sure everyone is zipped up, velcroed, snapped, buttoned, and laces are tied, but the more independent successes your children can experience in terms of getting themselves dressed, the better. Please keep this in mind when choosing outer wear for your children.
    • An extra pair of mittens that stay in a child's backpack or cubby are often a great idea.

    Thank you.


    Unfortunately, due to some staff illness we were not able to spend time in the classrooms taking photos this week. So sorry. We hope to be back at it next week.

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