Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

This week, we want to give you a perspective on your children's Montessori environments from their classroom assistants. Montessori assistants have a vital role in the environment — they help children work to master materials they have been presented, help to manage the room when the guide is engaged in giving presentations, perform a plethora of daily housekeeping duties, help your children learn French, and form part of the team of Montessori educators that are constantly guiding your children's development through observation, engagement, and collaboration.

Toddler parents, Mlle. Noordham has your update for you this week. Casa North parents will find an update from Mr. Davis, and Casa South's comes to you from Mlle. Paul. Elementary families have an update from Jason.

Observations Continuing

If you haven't signed up for an observation time in your child's Montessori environment, you can still do so. Click here to read the Lyonsgate "Observation Guidelines" and to select a timeslot.

One Way Parking Lot Reminder

We had another close call this past week. Please remember that the synagogue parking lot is one way. Please enter the parking lot off Cottage Ave. and exit through the laneway to Mountain Ave. Thank you.

Observation Guidelines and Sign-up

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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:

  • The observation chair is an adult sized chair, intended for observers only. It is placed in a specific spot in the classroom. The children are aware of this. This is the space where observers can see the classroom from an open perspective, 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 and feel free to ask after the observation is complete.
  • 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; do not feel the need to say goodbye to the children or the guides. 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 choosing work independently?
  2. Is the guide the focal point of the classroom?
  3. How do the older children engage with the younger children (and vice versa)?
  4. Are the children focused on their work?
  5. How do the children solve conflict?
  6. How do children transition from one activity to the next?
  7. Is the environment productive? Respectful? Engaging?

“Wait while observing. That is the motto for the educator. Let us wait, and be always ready to share in both the joys and the difficulties which the child experiences. Let us have endless patience with his slow progress, and show enthusiasm and gladness at his success.” — Maria Montessori

Please click the relevant links below to book your observations. We ask that each family only book one observation slot, and that no more than two people attend each observation (please contact us if exceptional circumstances require multiple bookings):

 

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

You're update is a day early this week because tomorrow — Friday, Nov. 2 — is a PD Day and both Lyonsgate campuses will be closed.

In other news, Lyonsgate clothing is still available for purchase online, for both children and adults.

Click here to visit our online store.

We have been searching for a Canadian provider but have not found a suitable one, so we will stick with the previous, U.S. provider for now. We are hoping that when the new NAFTA agreement comes into effect we can all take advantage of the higher rate for purchases before duty is applied, and we can keep costs down. In the meantime, please take advantage of 20% discounted prices.

The Lyonsgate store will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

All purchased items will be shipped as a single bulk order and Lyonsgate will pay the duty. The shipping address has been pre-filled; under "Shipping Method" please check the "Ship to U.S. Address" option (it should be the only option). You will have to enter your billing address when paying by credit card.

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

Remember, parent observations will be taking place throughout November. Please click the relevant links below to book your observations. You can find the Lyonsgate Observation Guidelines on our website's Home page; please familiarize yourself with them before your observation. We ask that each family only book one observation slot, and that no more than two people attend each observation (please contact us if exceptional circumstances require multiple bookings):

This week, we asked each Montessori guide to share a moment of joy from the school year so far, whether it be a moment of joy for them, an individual child, or the class as a whole. We hope you enjoy reading about these wonderful moments that we get to experience every day with your children.

Hello Lyonsgate Montessori Families,

Last week, Mrs. Lyons attended the "55th Anniversary of Montessori in Mexico" conference at Colegio Montessori de Chihuahua. This is one of the largest Montessori schools and training centres in Mexico and the conference celebrated the achievements of the Montessori community in Mexico and their vision for the future. The conference offered some of the most renowned Montessori experts as presenters, and gave attendees the chance to see one of the biggest and most authentic Montessori schools — multiple buildings encompassing toddler to adolescent Montessori environments, with a full size sports field and farm animals. These conferences are always very inspiring and Rachel came home with lots of ideas for the present, and to work towards in the future. Enjoy a few photos of the campus below, including the Casa bee material — yes, the Casa children work with functioning hives and harvest their own honey, warm, Mexican weather outdoor spaces, and the adolescent program's dining hall and chickens.

Also, be sure to read the "Next Week" section. There is information about school photos next Tuesday, Oct. 23, and online sign-ups for November parent observations.

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