Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student working on subtraction with the Montessori Large Bead Frame.

Lyonsgate Update May 21, 2024

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

  • The Casa Parent Education event, “The Brain and Body Connection: How Movement Impacts Brain Development” is this Thursday, May 23, from 3:45-4:30. Please enter through the glass doors off the parking lot (rain day doors). Toddler siblings are welcome to stay with Toddler staff that day to accommodate your attendance at the Casa Parent Education event. Please see your update email for the RSVP link.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on June 7 (a PA day; childcare will be available during your conference). Sign-up for your 20-minute conference timeslot will be available next Monday, May 27.

Summer Camp Options: Please see below for a couple of summer camp options from non-affiliated but friends of Lyonsgate:

  • Stoney Creek Children’s Club is a nature-based, Montessori-inspired summer camp run by the co-founder and former director of Stoney Creek Montessori School and is available for children aged 5-13 (4-year-olds who have had experience in a childcare or school setting can also register).
  • Our in-building neighbours, Yungal Kunj Temple and Community Centre, are hosting a “Festivals of India” summer camp for children 6-12 years old. Please click here for information

See below for updates from your children’s Montessori levels, and photos of the past week at Lyonsgate:

Toddler

Casa

Elementary

Photo Gallery


Toddler

Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students enjoying their adventure to a neighbourhood natural area.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students enjoying their adventure to a neighbourhood natural area.

Hello Toddler Parents,

This week, we ventured a little further to a large grassy area locally known as “the Rez,” (an underground stormwater storage reservoir). It offered opportunities for us to climb up the big staircase, walk on some uneven ground, and simply run in the big open area. It was thrilling for them to explore a different environment. Then, on our way back to the school, it began to rain so we all got a little damp. Everyone had a great lunch and a good nap!

So much information can be gathered and experienced when a child spends time outdoors. It is an opportunity to build physical strength and coordination, explore with all of their senses, reduce stress, and begin to nurture an understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things. Over the decades, children have been spending less and less time outside. Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, offers inspiration for parents who would love to incorporate more outdoor time and “tools to reclaim the wonders and health benefits of nature.”

I encourage you to go for walks with your child. Allow them to lead the way, go at their pace and observe what they pay attention to. Be open to whatever discoveries or conversations happen.

Ms. Gervais.


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students engaged in some serious tower building work with the Montessori Pink Tower, Brown Stairs, and Knobless Cylinders materials.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students engaged in some serious tower building work with the Montessori Pink Tower, Brown Stairs, and Knobless Cylinders materials.

Salut tout le monde! Finalement, le printemps est arrivé!

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend. We have been looking at the signs and hearing the sounds of the new season.

We have been noticing the warm weather, birds chirping, flowers growing, different insects, enjoying picnics with our snacks, and looking forward to more visits at the park.

The children also joyfully worked creating seed balls for Mother’s Day. Happy planting!

There is so much to discover!

Bonne semaine!

Mme Renée Perazzo.


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student engaged in a reading challenge.
Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student engaged in a reading challenge.

Thursday, May 23 — Upper Elementary Outing

Upper Elementary students are reminded to be prepared with their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, their Presto card, and comfortable footwear for this month’s outing. The students will be taking public transit to Bayfront Park to hike the Waterfront Trail. Students are welcome to bring along a simple nut-free snack and light-weight water bottle, and should be prepared for whatever weather we may encounter!

Thursday, May 30 — 6th Year Graduation Trip

Our classroom elders will be celebrating their graduation from Lyonsgate this year with a day trip to Toronto to visit the Royal Ontario Museum. Students attending the trip should arrive at the West Harbor GO Station between 8:45-9:00 a.m. to meet up with the group and be ready to board the Lakeshore West train to Toronto. Students will require their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, a Presto card to travel the GO and TTC transit systems, a small water bottle, as well as a packed lunch and snacks. We anticipate returning home on a mid-afternoon train, with student pick-up at the West Harbor GO Station at 4:15 p.m.

Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15 — Elementary Senior Sleepover

Students in years 3-6 have the option to join Marissa and Michelle on campus for a Friday night sleepover! This will celebrate our third year students’ transition from lower to upper elementary, and all the privileges and responsibilities that come with being a senior student. For those students who wish to attend, we’ll be having a pizza dinner, followed by an evening of fun activities before settling into our sleeping bags for the night. We’ll enjoy a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning before heading home for the weekend. Please follow the link in your emailed update to sign-up!

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Friday, June 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, June 10: Elementary Cultural Fair


Photo Gallery


Lyonsgate's Montessori Casa students all ventured to the neighbourhood park on a sunny warm day this week.

Lyonsgate Update May 13, 2024

Happy Monday Lyonsgate Parents,

Reminder: Friday this week is a PD day that leads into the Victoria Day long weekend and both Lyonsgate campuses will be closed on Friday, May 17, and on Monday, May 20.

Toddler Parent Education: The Toddler staff will be hosting a Parent Education event this Thursday, May 16, from 3:00-3:30 in the Toddler classroom. They will be discussing “Toilet Learning The Montessori Way.” Please enter through the glass doors off the parking lot (rain day doors).

Casa Parent Education: The Casa staff will be hosting a Parent Education event next Thursday, May 23, from 3:45-4:30 in the Casa South classroom. Please join your children’s Casa guides as they discuss “The Brain and Body Connection: How Movement Impacts Brain Development.” Please enter through the glass doors off the parking lot (rain day doors). Toddler siblings are welcome to stay with Toddler staff that day to accommodate your attendance at the Casa Parent Education event.

Please see the email version of this update for sign-up links for the Casa Parent Education eventElementary LRS Conferences this Friday, and for the Elementary senior student sleepover June 14-15.

See below for updates from your children’s Montessori levels, and a larger than usual photo gallery:

Toddler

Casa

Elementary

Photo Gallery


Toddler

Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student enjoying snack outside in the beautiful weather.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student enjoying snack outside in the beautiful weather.

Hello Toddler Families,

This week, we have been maximizing our time outside. On Thursday, we journeyed to Beulah Park for a change of scenery. The children were keen to climb and run and slide and spin on the equipment. In the classroom, the children have been making noodle necklaces, using their fine motor skills to thread noodles onto pipe cleaners to create jewelry for Mother’s Day! Some were very enthusiastic about this activity and made necklaces and bracelets too! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the beautiful mothers in this toddler community and beyond to all of the wonderful mothers in our lives. I hope that you were celebrated this past weekend and cherished for who you are!

Next week, I will be offering a toddler seminar on “Toilet Learning the Montessori Way.” Please come and let us set you and your child up for success, and a diaper free summer!

The Parent Education event will be held on Thursday, May 17th, from 3:00-3:30. Please let us know if you are able to attend by emailing toddler@lyonsgate.ca.

Ms. Gervais.


Casa

Lyonsgate's Montessori Casa students all ventured to the neighbourhood park on a sunny warm day this week.
Lyonsgate’s Montessori Casa students all ventured to the neighbourhood park on a sunny warm day this week.

Bonjour le beau temps du printemps!

Our students are excited to discover new little bugs in our playground every day. I often hear:

  • “Madame, I see araignée” (spider).
  • “There is a lot of fourmi” (ants).
  • “Oh! This is a beautiful coccinelle” (ladybug).
  • “There is a baby mille-pattes” (centipede).

I’m sure you already guessed that we are learning the different insects.

Lately, we have been practicing a few phrases:

  • Quelle est la couleur de tes yeux?
    • Mes yeux sont marrons/bleus, verts…
  • Quelle est ta glace préférée?
    • J’aime la glace au chocolat, … à la vanille, …à la fraise, etc.
  • Quelle est ta couleur préféré?
    • Ma couleur préférée est…

Recently, Casa North students enjoyed these books:

  • Anniversaire by Robert Munsch (if your child comes home and asks for 200 pizzas, this is why!).
  • Qui habite ici? by Dot and Sy Barlowe.
  • Mon ami est triste by Mo Willems.
  • L’arbre bric-à-brac by Nick Bland.
  • J’ai perdu mon chat by Philippe Beha.

Their favourite song is “Balalaïka,” by Pierre Lozère; it’s a French/Russian song to teach right, left, straight — directions.

Bonne fête des mères.

Mme Murati.

Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students made paper for Mother's Day to frame their similes about their mothers.
Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students made paper for Mother’s Day to frame their similes about their mothers.

Thursday, May 16 — Scholastic Orders Due

It’s a great time to start stocking up on books for your child’s summer reading goals. There are some classroom favourites available through this month’s Scholastic order forms, such as the latest addition to the Dragon Masters series, readers based on Jory John’s popular food series with characters such as “The Cool Bean,” and graphic novels from The Babysitters Club. Place your online order by Thursday, May 16th, to receive free shipping as part of our classroom order!

Friday, May 17 — P.D. Day/Elementary Learning Resource Conferences

While the campus will be closed to students, staff will be on-site refreshing the classroom and preparing lessons for the rest of the term. Parents of students who routinely work with our learning resource specialist, Kim, are invited to schedule a parent-teacher conference with her that day. Please follow the link in the emailed update to choose a time for your conference.

Thursday, May 23 — Upper Elementary Outing

Upper Elementary students are reminded to be prepared with their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, their Presto card, and comfortable footwear for this month’s outing. The students will be taking public transit to Bayfront Park to hike the Waterfront Trail. Students are welcome to bring along a simple nut-free snack and light-weight water bottle, and should be prepared for whatever weather we may encounter!

Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15 — Elementary Senior Sleepover

Students in Years 3-6 have the option to join Marissa and Michelle on campus for a Friday night sleepover! This will celebrate our third year students’ transition from lower to upper elementary, and all the privileges and responsibilities that come with being a senior student. For those students who wish to attend, we’ll be having a pizza dinner, followed by an evening of fun activities before settling into our sleeping bags for the night. We’ll enjoy a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning before heading home for the weekend. Please follow the link in the email update to sign-up!

CANCELED — Montessori Summer Fun Camp

Due to low registration, our Montessori Summer Fun Camp will not be offered this year. We are happy to offer a week of camp to families when there is sufficient interest, but we know that the children in our community have many wonderful options for activities during the summer. If you have already registered for camp, please contact accounts@lyonsgate.ca for a refund of fees.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Thursday, May 30: 6th Year Graduation Trip
Friday, June 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday June 10: Elementary Cultural Fair

From the classroom historians, Pippa and Edmée:

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students contribute to their classroom environment with responsibilities such as plant care.
“She is watering the plants for her contribution in the Birch Room.”

 

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students enjoying time and warm weather in the outdoor classroom area.
“They are drawing outside in the backyard.”

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student enjoying a reading lesson.
“She is having a lesson with her teacher on reading in the Birch Room.”

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students enjoying time and warm weather in the outdoor classroom area.
“They are talking and making things out of plasticine for their mothers.”

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student making paper for Mother's Day.
“He is making purple paper for Mother’s Day.”

Photo Gallery


Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students enjoying a sunny, warm morning at a neighbourhood park.

Lyonsgate Update May 6, 2024

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

We have a few warm weather reminders:

  • Please apply sunscreen, or have your  independent Montessori child apply their own sunscreen, each morning before school. We/they will reapply before mid-day outdoor play. Please send a bottle of your preferred sunscreen (no aerosol/spray bottles please) to use at school, and make sure it is clearly and permanently labelled. Thank you.
  • Please ensure students wear sturdy, closed-toe outdoor shoes to school each day. Footwear such as crocs or sandals can lead to injury, or to an inability for your child to engage in active play with their friends. Thank you.

See below for updates from your children’s Montessori levels:

Toddler

Casa

Elementary

Photo Gallery


Toddler

Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student admiring the view in the mirror while friends engage in water work.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student admiring the view in the mirror while friends engage in water work.

Hello Toddler Families,

Happy May! Spring is a great reminder of the miracle of growth. In this season of life, we have been taking advantage of our outside time, admiring and observing all the growth in our outdoor environment.

As we move towards the end of the school year, we have started to reminisce on our year and all the growth and change the children have accomplished and overcome. We have found ourselves looking at where the children were when they first started in September and realizing how much growth they have achieved.

Constantly observing and offering a hand over the year on our many trips up and down the stairs, and suddenly it seems we have barely any hands to hold. Children came in with few words and now our ears are open to so many elaborate stories it can sometimes seem hard to keep up. We have even had some children pushing their backpacks up and hanging them outside on the higher Casa hooks and shouting “I did it”.

“Let us leave the life free to develop within the limits of the good, and let us observe this inner life developing,” Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook.

It has been a great pleasure to watch your children grow in so many ways. We look forward to cherishing these last 7 weeks of our school year and are excited to continue to see even more growth and change!

Ms. Relic.


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student cleaning the mirror in the class washroom.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student cleaning the mirror in the class washroom.

In a Montessori classroom, children are empowered with the responsibility of caring for their surroundings. From mopping up a spill to creating flower arrangements, every task is an opportunity for them to engage in purposeful activities that cultivate respect for their environment. The classroom itself becomes a microcosm of the wider world, where children learn firsthand the importance of consideration, patience, and care.

Through practical life activities such as watering plants, sorting recyclables, or composting organic waste, children develop a connection to nature and an understanding of their role in preserving it. These experiences not only foster a sense of responsibility but also nurture empathy and compassion towards the world around them.

By involving children in the maintenance and organization of their classroom, we promote independence and self-reliance. Children learn to take ownership of their space, making conscious decisions about how to care for it and respecting the efforts of their peers.

This week, we kept noticing our bathroom mirror was cloudy, covered in soapy streaks. Instead of cleaning it ourselves we noticed aloud that it could use some extra care. A child showed interest in cleaning the mirror and so he did, using a spray bottle and cloth. Then he went around cleaning each of the mirrors and accessible windows in the class. The benefits of this approach extend beyond the classroom walls.

In essence, Montessori education goes beyond academics to support small people who embody values of empathy, responsibility, and stewardship. By nurturing children’s innate curiosity and fostering a deep connection to their environment, Montessori classrooms lay the foundation for tomorrow’s leadership.

Ms. Dewey.


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students delivered 549 donation bags for the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Food Drive this past week, a new record for the school!
Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students delivered 549 donation bags for the Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Food Drive this past week, a new record for the school!

Last week, the students enjoyed going out into the community to assist with the annual Kirkendall Neighbourhood Association Food Drive in support of Mission Services. Teams of students were tasked with delivering donation bags to homes along their routes, and were very eager to contribute their time and energy to help others. This year, the children were proud to set a new class record for the number of bags delivered, handing out an astounding 549 bags to make contributing easier for our neighbours! Thank you to those families living outside the neighbourhood who brought in food to donate as well.

It was nice to have so many parents join us last week to find out more about the Montessori math curriculum and fun ways to integrate math practice into your summer plans. Thank you for joining us! We enjoyed sharing with you some of the children’s favourite materials for learning about fractions, and look forward to sharing more of our Montessori principles and practice with you next year!

Marissa and Michelle.

Friday, May 17 — P.D. Day/Elementary Learning Resource Conferences

While the campus will be closed to students, staff will be on-site refreshing the classroom and preparing lessons for the rest of the term. Parents of students who routinely work with our learning resource specialist, Kim, are invited to schedule a parent-teacher conference with her that day. Please follow the link in the email version of this update to choose a time for your conference.

Thursday, May 30 — 6th Year Graduation Trip

Our classroom elders will be celebrating their graduation from Lyonsgate this year with a day trip to Toronto to visit the Royal Ontario Museum. Students attending the trip should arrive at the West Harbor GO Station between 8:45-9:00 a.m. to meet up with the group and be ready to board the Lakeshore West train to Toronto. Students will require their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, a Presto card to travel the GO and TTC transit systems, a small water bottle, as well as a packed lunch and snacks. We anticipate returning home on a mid-afternoon train, with student pick-up at the West Harbor GO Station at 4:15 p.m.

Upcoming Dates to Note:

Friday, June 7 – Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday, June 10 – Elementary Cultural Fair
Friday, June 14 – Elementary Senior Sleepover


Photo Gallery


Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student engaged in the Montessori Flower Arranging activity.

Lyonsgate Update April 29, 2024

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

A few items to note over the next few weeks:

  • Elementary Parent Education: Thursday, May 2, 3:30-4:15 p.m. (see below or the school calendar for details).
  • Kirkendall Food Drive: Elementary students will be distributing donation bags throughout the neighbourhood. If your family lives outside the neighbourhood but would also like to donate, you are welcome to send in nut-free food and/or hygiene product donations with your child by Friday, May 3, to both Lyonsgate campuses.
  • PD Day & Victoria Day: Friday, May 17, and Monday, May 20. Both Lyonsgate campuses will be closed.
  • The Neuroscience of Learning in Montessori: Wednesday, May 22. Click here for info and registration [Note: fee-based webinar not affiliated with Lyonsgate, but may be of interest; if registering, enter “Lyonsgate Montessori” as the “Participant School” and “Parent” in the “Position in School” field].

Please see below for updates from your children’s Montessori levels.


Toddler

Casa

Elementary

Photo Gallery


Toddler

Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student taking advantage of mopping up a spill to make sure the floor under the table is clean too.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student taking advantage of mopping up a spill to make sure the floor under the table is clean too.

Hello Toddler Families,

Can you believe it’s almost May? It seems like such a short time since we were putting on snowsuits and taking off icey, wet mittens. Suddenly there are rain boots, sandals, and the children are taking off their own coats outside as they run and yell “I’m hot!”

It is a joy to experience spring through the eyes of a child. Their rainboots have been put to good use as they splash in puddles on the playground, and hooray, the sandbox is out of winter hibernation! The children have been noticing the new buds on the trees, the climbing squirrels, and the active ants. They hear leaf blowers and the roar of motorcycles. Our snack outside a few weeks ago has been asked about often and we look forward to doing it again …as soon as we don’t need those rain boots quite so much!

Vanessa Findlay RECE.


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students working together on Montessori Pink Tower and Brown Stair extension activities, recreating the pattern on the card.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students working together on Montessori Pink Tower and Brown Stair extension activities, recreating the pattern on the card.

Its hard to believe that summer is approaching and we only have 8 weeks left of the school year. With the changing weather, please make sure you child is dressing accordingly. As the days get sunnier, feel free to send in a bottle of sunscreen in its original container with your child’s name on it for application before recess (please apply at home before school too).

It has been great to watch your children grow and change both physically and emotionally throughout this year. As the end of the year approaches, we look back on all that the children have accomplished: some starting at a new school, a new classroom, and some taking on the role of being a “third year” and all that it entails. It’s been wonderful seeing the communities that both Casa classrooms have become and all the relationships and bonds that have been made.

“There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.” — Maria Montessori.

Casa Team.


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student learning to make paper in different colours.
This week the class learned how to make paper and experimented with many colors of the rainbow.

Today! Monday, April 29 — Community Service for the Kirkendall Food Drive

Hello Elementary Parents,

The Elementary students will be performing some community service today, in support of our neighbourhood food drive. Working in small teams, the students will deliver food drive collection bags to the front doors of nearby streets. Residents simply put food and hygiene donations in the bag provided and place it on their doorstep on Saturday, May 4, for collection.

Please remind your child to come prepared with their red Lyonsgate t-shirt to wear during this community outing.

If your family lives outside the neighbourhood but would also like to donate to the food drive, you are welcome to send in nut-free donations with your child by Friday, May 3. We will be putting together a collection bag at school as well! Donations can be droppoed off at both the Elementary and Primary campuses.

Thursday, May 2 — Parent Education Event

Our next Parent Education event will be taking place after school on Thursday, May 2, from 3:30-4:15. Parents are invited to join Marissa and Michelle to learn more about our math curriculum through a series of lessons with the Montessori materials, as well as activities to help your child maintain their math skills over the summer break.

Please note, all Elementary students will be traveling to the HAAA at 3:20 that day ahead of the parent presentation.

Students whose families are attending the parent education event will be included in the aftercare program (with no charge). These students will return to the Elementary campus by 4:30. All other students will be dismissed from the HAAA park between 3:30-3:45 p.m.

Please email elementary@lyonsgate.ca with how many adults are planning to attend, and whether you require Elementary or Casa child care that day, by Tuesday, April 30.

Friday, May 17 — P.D. Day/Elementary Learning Resource Conferences

While the campus will be closed to students, staff will be on-site refreshing the classroom and preparing lessons for the rest of the term. Parents of students who routinely work with our learning resource specialist, Kim, are invited to schedule a parent-teacher conference with her that day. Check next week’s update for the link to sign-up for a conference time.

Thursday, May 30 — 6th Year Graduation Trip

Our classroom elders will be celebrating their graduation from Lyonsgate this year with a day trip to Toronto to visit the Royal Ontario Museum. Students attending the trip should arrive at the West Harbor GO Station between 8:45-9:00 a.m. to meet up with the group and be ready to board the Lakeshore West train to Toronto. Students will require their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, a Presto card to travel the GO and TTC transit systems, a small water bottle, as well as a packed lunch and snacks. We anticipate returning home on a mid-afternoon train, with student pick-up at the West Harbor GO Station at 4:15 p.m.

from the Classroom Historians

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student learning to make paper in different colours.
This week the class learned how to make paper and experimented with many colors of the rainbow.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students went on a hike at Iroquois Heights and spotted a waterfall.
The uppers went on an outing while there they spotted a family of deer eating and a massive waterfall.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students went on a hike at Iroquois Heights and spotted a deer family.
The uppers went on an outing while there they spotted a family of deer eating and a massive waterfall.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students making a map as part of their literature study.
These uppers are making a map of their book for their literature circle.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student weaving paper.
This week people started weaving paper into different cool designs.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student organizing the classroom library shelf.
This third year is organizing the books on the library shelf for her contribution.

Colin and Beck.


Photo Gallery


Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student charting the needs of a plant.

Lyonsgate Update April 22, 2024

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

Parents of Casa students, you may have heard your children speaking about “Ms. Goruk” over the last few weeks. Stef Goruk is a Montessori Guide coming back to work after taking time off to start a young family. Ms. Goruk is covering recess periods for both Casa classes and is also our new on-call supply teacher.

Ms. Stef Goruk, top right, with a picture of what the Casa students think she would look like if she was a mermaid.
Ms. Stef Goruk, top right, with a picture of what the Casa students think she would look like if she was a mermaid.

Please see below for updates from your children’s Montessori levels.

Toddler

Casa

Elementary

[Apologies for the lack of photos this week]


Toddler

Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students cleaning the tables together to prepare for snack.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students cleaning the tables together to prepare for snack.

Hello Toddler Families,

This week, we have been expanding our outdoor time whenever we can. We have begun to have our afternoon snack outside. Please remember to send a sun hat and apply sunscreen in the morning before school. We will reapply it in the afternoon prior to afternoon recess.

This week we rescued a worm and watched it push itself back into the ground on the other side of the fence. Springtime is an excellent time to get outside and involve your toddler in some of the practical life activities related to gardening. Raking, bagging old leaves, digging out or pulling weeds, are all wonderful gross motor activities that involve your young child in important work that contributes to their family, and it makes the environment more beautiful. Being included in these tasks offers a huge confidence boost as well. Spring is such a magical yet short season. We could all benefit from more time spent outdoors.

Ms. Gervais.


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students enjoying the warm spring weather.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students enjoying the warm spring weather.

It’s Earth Day!

This is a day when we focus even more than usual about the ways we take care of our planet. Now that our side of Earth is warming up and days are getting longer, we can see many changes around home and school. We gave the children a homework task of looking for signs of spring, which they responded to with some good observations, including:

“I saw yellow flowers.”
“There are tulips at my house but I don’t know what colour they are yet.”
“There was a huge spider in the playground, we told everyone not to step on it.”
“When will the ladybugs come back?”
“We can take our coats off!”
“I saw a robin on the ground, it was looking for worms, ew!”

There have been reminders from some of the children to others to let the new leaves keep growing rather than pick them, and to let bugs go about their business undisturbed. We will be germinating a variety of seeds to explore the beginning of plant life cycles and transplanting them to watch the next steps. We’ll also be diving into our blue box to recycle leftover paper into new sheets to use in other activities.

We hope you are also noticing the changing season and all the colour it is bringing. Here at school, we are very happy to see then end of snowpants, boots, hats, mittens, etcetera; we can all take our coats off!

Ms. Robinson.


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student charting the needs of a plant.
This first year is drawing a diagram of the needs of a tree.

Thursday, April 25 — Upper Elementary Outing

Upper Elementary students are reminded to be prepared with their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, their Presto card, and comfortable footwear for this month’s outing. The students will be taking public transit up the mountain to hike in the Iroquoia Heights Conservation. Students are welcome to bring along a simple nut-free snack and light-weight water bottle, and should be prepared for whatever weather we may encounter!

Thursday, May 2 — Parent Education Event

Our next Parent Education Event will be taking place after school on Thursday, May 2, from 3:30-4:15. Parents are invited to join Marissa and Michelle to learn more about our math curriculum through a series of lessons with the Montessori materials, as well as activities to help your child maintain their math skills over the summer break.

Please note, all Elementary students will be traveling to the HAAA at 3:20 that day ahead of the parent presentation.

Students whose families are attending the Parent Education Event will be included in the aftercare program (with no charge). These students will return to the Elementary campus by 4:30. All other students will be dismissed from the HAAA park between 3:30-3:45 p.m.

Please email elementary@lyonsgate.ca with how many adults are planning to attend, and whether you require Elementary or Casa child care that day, by Tuesday, April 30.

July 29-August 2 — Montessori Summer Fun Camp

Registration is now open for our Montessori Summer Fun Camp! Elementary students and Casa graduates are invited to join Marissa and Michelle for a week of classic camp fun with outdoor games, art projects, science demonstrations, and water play. Our activities will adapt to the interests and imaginations of our campers, and also include outings to the HAAA park playground and splash pad nearby. Full and half-day options are available. Follow the link below for more details and registration!

Montessori Summer Fun Camp — Details and Registration

from the Classroom Historians

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student playing the keyboard.
This fourth year is playing & practicing the keyboard in the maple room.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student charting the needs of a plant.
This first year is drawing a diagram of the needs of a tree.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students alphabetizing conjunctions and blending colours.
These fourth years are alphabetizing conjunctions and blending colors to make a nice gradient.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students start their afternoon work cycle with a quiet reading period.
These fourth years are reading a library book and their literature circle books.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students practicing skipping.
These three uppers are practicing skipping out in the backyard.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student drawing a rainbow with pastels.
This first year is experimenting with pasteles by drawing the color of the rainbow.

Colin and Beck.


Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student peeking through his construction with the Montessori Roman Arch material.

Lyonsgate Update April 15, 2024

Hello Lyonsgate Families,

Now that March Break, early Easter, and the eclipse are behind us, we are back to regularly scheduled programming. You’ll be happy to know that there are no important dates to know for the next couple of weeks (and yes, stating that means something will probably come up).

The Spring/Summer lunch menu starts today for Casa and Toddler students. You can always find the lunch menu here: https://lyonsgate.ca/lyonsgate-lunch-menu/ and you can check which week we are on here: https://lyonsgate.ca/lyonsgate-calendar/

Please see below for updates from your children’s Montessori levels:

Toddler

Casa

Elementary

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Toddler

Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students enjoying the Toddler-only express route through the classroom.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students enjoying the Toddler-only express route through the classroom.

Hello Toddler Families,

Although holidays and celebrations and exciting celestial events can be exhilarating, routines provide predictability and stability for young children. Routines are inevitably altered or interrupted by fun things like a holiday or visits from relatives, or sometimes by not so fun things like an illness. All of these experiences offer a chance to build resilience and adaptability. Adaptability is one of the many superpowers of toddlers. They have been adapting to new environments and experiences since their birth not so long ago. Simultaneously, they have been gathering information about the world and trying to find their place and purpose in it.

Although they are capable of accepting and adapting to changes, it is important to remember that they are in a sensitive period for order. The past month with March Break followed by the Easter holidays, followed by the eclipse, has brought a lot of disruption to our routines in the toddler community. We have observed children reluctant during drop off in the morning and even at home time.

I am curious to know what the experience of the eclipse was like for the young children in our community. It is a special event, one that all of us in Hamilton will only experience once in our lifetime in this particular longitude and latitude. It caused some confusion and chaos to all of the lifeforms under the sun in our small part of the grid. Flowers close up, and animals and insects are tricked into thinking it is night. Some of our toddlers were aware of the eclipse. One child woke up from a nap and said, “Are you excited to see the moon pass in front of the sun?” This is the best way to approach it. Welcome new experiences and be open to new information. Leave the familiar routine for a moment and pause and celebrate this unique moment in time that we have together.

Here is a great song about the sun, which explains what it is made of and how all life on earth is because of the sun. “Without the sun, without a doubt there would be no you and me.”


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student cleaning up a spill.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student cleaning up a spill.

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill.

It has been a very busy couple of weeks in Casa: March Break, a long weekend, solar eclipse, and the explosion of spring. The children have been excited to share stories of all their adventures and experiences.

Children are a marvel when you watch the inner resilience that they are born with. They don’t look through their lives with the lens of failure or success, but of one with enthusiasm and zest. They are just as excited to speak of things that didn’t go well as those that older students and adults deem as successes.

Maria Montessori saw this and prepared all her activities with a control of error. The children can explore and experience with the activities on their terms. The gift of the guide is to see that learning is happening and not to interrupt it. As they proceed through the planes of development, the children will learn. Our goal is to nurture their enthusiasm and in turn their resilience.

Academia is only one goal of a Montessorian, but the whole child’s cosmic learning and inner self is our enthusiasm.

Mc. Canessa.


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student enjoying some rainy day physical activity.
Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student enjoying some rainy day physical activity.

Welcome back, Eva!

We are happy to welcome back Eva Sale Garcia, a student teacher who will be joining the class for the next two weeks as part of her A.M.I. teacher training in Colorado, U.S.A. Many of the children may remember Eva from her time observing our classroom last year, and will be receiving some of their lessons from her as she completes her teaching practicum.

Thursday, May 2 — Parent Education Event

Our next parent education event will be taking place after school on Thursday, May 2 from 3:30-4:15. Parents are invited to join Marissa and Michelle to learn more about our math curriculum through a series of lessons with the Montessori materials, as well as activities to help your child maintain their math skills over the summer break.

Please note, all Elementary students will be traveling to the HAAA at 3:20 that day ahead of the parent presentation.

Students whose families are attending the parent education event will be included in the aftercare program (with no charge). These students will return to the Elementary campus by 4:30. All other students will be dismissed from the HAAA park between 3:30-3:45 p.m.

Please email elementary@lyonsgate.ca with how many adults are planning to attend, and whether you require Elementary or Casa child care that day, by Tuesday, April 30.

SAVE-THE-DATE!
Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15 — Elementary Senior Sleepover

In June, students in Years 3-6 have the option to join Marissa and Michelle on campus for a Friday night sleepover! This will celebrate our third year students’ transition from lower to upper elementary, and all the privileges and responsibilities that come with being a senior student. For those students who wish to attend the sleepover, we’ll be having a pizza dinner, followed by an evening of fun activities before settling into our sleeping bags for the night. We’ll enjoy a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning before heading home for the weekend. More details to come!

July 29-August 2 — Montessori Summer Fun Camp

Registration is now open for our Montessori Summer Fun Camp! Elementary students and Casa graduates are invited to join Marissa and Michelle for a week of classic camp fun with outdoor games, art projects, science demonstrations, and water play. Our activities will adapt to the interests and imaginations of our campers, and also include outings to the HAAA park playground and splash pad nearby. Full and half-day options are available. Follow the link below for more details and registration!

Montessori Summer Fun Camp — Details and Registration

from the Classroom Historians

“This week the uppers and lowers have been werking on their french playes, including making props. Some of the uppers have been practising and learning decimals and surfus area. Both uppers and lowers are werking on literature circles including no talking and city of ember.”

Theo and Brett.


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Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student's floral relief print.

Welcome to the Spring Term

Welcome to the spring term of the 2023.2024 school year. We can't wait to hear all of your children's March Break stories, and to watch them continue to learn and develop. Their experiences, and their work so far this school year, make the third term an exciting one as Montessori students flourish during this time.

Here are your reminders, information, and important dates for the next few weeks:

  • Graduate Photos: students graduating from the Casa and Elementary programs this year will have their graduation photos taken by Lifetouch this Thursday, March 28.
  • Upcoming Easter Holidays and PD Day:
    • This Friday, March 29, is Good Friday. Both Lyonsgate campuses will be closed.
    • Next Monday, April 1, is Easter Monday. Both Lyonsgate campuses will be closed (no foolin').
    • Monday, April 8, is a PD Day. This is the PD Day moved from later in April due to the solar eclipse. Both Lyonsgate campuses will be closed.
  • Casa Observations Continue: Parent observations continue throughout the spring term. If you haven't signed up for an observation yet, please check your email for "Casa In-Class Observation Sign-Up" sent March 1 (or email us at admin@lyonsgate.ca).
  • Renovation Update: Lyonsgate was a busy place over the March Break. Our brand new heating and cooling system is installed and operational. We now have more control of the heat in the school wing of the building, and central air conditioning.
  • Measles Information from Public Health:

Hamilton Public Health Services is advising all individuals, especially those returning from any international travel, to monitor themselves and their children for any signs and symptoms of measles. If you develop symptoms of measles while abroad or after you return to Canada:

    • Limit contact with other people.
    • Call your health care provider or a walk-in clinic and notify them about your symptoms before an in-person appointment, so they can take proper precautions. Wear a well-fitting respirator or medical mask when seeking care.
    • Tell the health care provider where you have travelled and if you have been vaccinated against measles.

Measles symptoms begin 7-21 days after infection and may include:

    • High fever
    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis, i.e., pink eye), sensitivity to light
    • Red rash lasting 4-7 days

Thank you.


Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student reading with one of his teachers.

Lyonsgate Update March 4, 2024

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

This is the last week before the March Break. Have a wonderful, restful, or adventuresome, two weeks everybody and we’ll see you on Monday, March 25.

It’s a gradual return to full-time schooling when we return as we have an early Easter this year with Good Friday and Easter Monday falling on March 29 and April 1 respectively, followed by the rescheduled PD day on April 8 (originally April 19) due to the total solar eclipse that day.

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Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students jumping as part of a morning activity exercise.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler students jumping as part of a morning activity exercise.

Hello Toddler Parents,

It was wonderful to observe parents coming into the classroom with their children for Show and Share. It was heart-warming to see children touring the environment with such enthusiasm and pride.

Please remember to consult the weather each day before sending your child to school and send the appropriate outerwear. It seems like such a mixed bag of temperatures from one day to the next.

Ms. Gervais.


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students practicing French.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students practicing French.

Bonjour à Vous Tous!

We are almost at the end of our winter term. We have been practicing many songs:

  • Meunier tu dors
  • Pomme de reinette
  • Les sept jours de la semaine
  • Tête, épaules, genoux…
  • Sur le pont d’Avignon
  • Le petit navire
  • Dans mon sac à dos

Action songs helps build confidence, language development, memory recall, listening skills, coordination, and following of directions.

We continue to work on “les opposés,” naming and matching colours, animals, transportation, weather, different foods, and seasons.

I’m looking forward to our upcoming term and introducing more fun exciting activities!

Bonne semaine mes chères familles!

Mme Renée Perazzo.


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students on a late-winter waterfront hike.
They went for a hike at the Waterfront Trail and played with sticks and saw a red-tailed hawk.

The students are excited to be wrapping up the second term of school and anticipating lots of fun over the spring break! For the past nine weeks, the children have worked hard to improve their reading, writing, and math skills, while also working hard to care for the classroom and each other. They kept their hands busy with collaborative model-building in geography and demonstrating heart functions in biology. They read beautiful stories and shared their thoughts in literature circles and laughed a lot as they acted in short plays for reader’s theatre or French class. They learned karate and kick-boxing, tried a variety of dance styles, and returned to soccer skills, with senior students stepping into coaching roles. They learned more about human history and the important inventions and events that have shaped our culture, and others’. They delighted in experimenting with new artistic styles, and are thrilled to reveal their own artistic works to you this afternoon at the Elementary Art Show. We are looking forward to a great final week of the term, and hope you all enjoy a wonderful spring break!

Warmly,
your Elementary Team.

Open Classroom Art Show — TODAY

Family members are invited to join us as the Elementary campus is transformed into a gallery of student artwork! The classroom will be open to visitors from 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Our student fundraising team will be selling brownies and cookies in support of KidsSport Canada, which helps children access sports programs in their communities with registration fees and equipment, so be prepared with your sweet tooth and some change! We look forward to celebrating and sharing the children’s work with you.

Elementary Progress Reports — Friday, March 8

Keep an eye out for your child’s progress report, which should be accompanying them home from school this Friday. While there are no parent-teacher conferences scheduled at the end of the second term, parents are always welcome to contact us to discuss how things are going at school. We look forward to meeting with all families at the beginning of June.

March/April Scholastic Order

Your child recently brought home a flyer from Scholastic with spring deals on books for all ages, with many more titles available on their website. If you would like to be included in our April shipment, please place your family’s online Scholastic order by Friday, March 15.

To receive free shipping, simply include our class code: RC144312 when checking out, and your order will be grouped together with others from the school, and shipped to campus. Please let us know if there are any surprise or gift items in your order you would like to be kept hidden from your child, and we’ll set it aside for you to pick up discreetly. Happy reading!

from the Classroom Historians

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students making the backdrop for their caterpillar model.
These kids are making a background for their caterpillar.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students on a late-winter waterfront hike.
They went for a hike at the Waterfront Trail and played with sticks and saw a red-tailed hawk.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student using the Montessori Box of Sticks, a geometry material.
This kid is working on the box of sticks for making shapes in geometry.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student working on his shark project.
This boy is working on his project and writing his facts about sharks.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student working on his relief printing poster.
This older kid is working on his poster of his relief printing. Look at Barney!

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students giving their compost worms new soil.
Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students giving their compost worms new soil.

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students writing in their journals.
This boy is writing in his journal what he did – like his math, his language, and his reading.


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Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student practicing a handstand at their winter phys. ed. dance class.

Lyonsgate Update Feb. 26, 2024

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

Toddler Show & Share is this week; please see the Toddler section.

Also, the weather forecast for this week is a bit of a wild one. Please keep an eye on the forecast for each day to ensure children have the appropriate outer wear for the day.

Toddler

Casa

Elementary

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Toddler

Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student and guide discussing plans for the next activity.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student and guide discussing plans for the next activity.

Hello Toddler Families,

This week, we are offering a Show and Share. This is a wonderful chance to come into the classroom with your children and explore together. It is an opportunity for your child to show you around and maybe even give you some lessons!

If you still need to register for a Show & Share visit, please see the email “Toddler Show & Share Sign-Up” sent Feb. 20.

Ms. Gervais.


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student learning French vocabulary with objects and the Montessori Moveable Alphabet.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student learning French vocabulary with objects and the Montessori Moveable Alphabet.

Bonjour Chers Parents,

“Merci!” to all the parents that came to our Parent Education event last Thursday. I just want to add that all the language activities we presented to you that lead to reading, it’s the same process of teaching French. For example: Moveable Alphabet, Sandpaper Letters, Sound Games, Classified Cards, and reading small books phonetically are all Montessori materials and activities practiced in French. Once the students master those activities in English, they are introduced in French as well.

Lately, we have worked on three different communication phrases:

  • Quelle est ta couleur préferée?
  • Quelle est ta saison préferée?
  • Quel est ton animal préferé?

Songs:

  • Un éléphant qui se balancer…
  • Un petit pouce qui dance
  • Une souris verte

Our Casa North students enjoyed a collection of books written by Mo Williams:

  • Quelqu’un a pris mon ballon!
  • Pas facile d’attendre!
  • Veux-tu jouer dehors?

Bonne semaine à tous!

Mme Murati


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students at dance class as part of their winter phys. ed. program.
Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students at dance class as part of their winter phys. ed. program.

Upper Elementary Outing — Thursday, February 29

Upper Elementary students are reminded to be prepared with their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, their Presto card, and comfortable footwear for this month’s outing. The students will be taking public transit to Princess Point to access the Desjardins Recreation Trail for a winter hike. Students are welcome to bring along a simple nut-free snack and light-weight water bottle, and should be prepared for whatever weather we may encounter!

Open Classroom Art Show — Monday, March 4

Family members are invited to join us as the classroom is transformed into a gallery of student artwork. The classroom will be open to visitors from 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Sweet treats prepared by our student fundraising team will be available for purchase in support of KidsSport Canada.

from the Classroom Historians

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student creating a relief print block.
She is making stamps by scooping up parts of the linoleum.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student playing the classroom keyboard.
This student is playing a keyboard.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary student creating a garden out of plasticine.
This boy is making a flower garden out of plasticine.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students presenting their black hole project.
These are two students showing their black hole project and how a star blasts into a black hole.

 

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students presenting their black hole project.
These two boys are doing a black hole project and this is what the black hole looks like when it forms.

Emmett and Eloisa.


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Lyonsgate Montessori Casa student extending the Montessori Pink Tower and Brown Stairs materials with Pattern Cards.

Lyonsgate Update Feb. 20, 2022

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

We hope everyone had a fantastic long weekend and found time for great Family Day activities. Here are your updates of important dates, RSVPs, and news and info from your children’s teaching staff.

This Week:

  • Toddler Parent Education: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 3:00-3:30 p.m. Please enter through the grey door off the parking lot, and please resist the urge to peek into the playground for a quick wave.
  • Casa Parent Education: Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:45-4:30. Your children’s Casa guides will be discussing “A Path to Reading.” Please enter through the grey door off the parking lot, and please resist the urge to peek into the playground for a quick wave. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here: https://go.oncehub.com/CasaFebParentEducation

Coming Up & Ongoing:

  • Casa Open Classroom Observations: Parents of Casa students are invited to contact their child’s classroom guide to arrange a date and time for a 20 minute observation in your child’s Montessori classroom, during the morning work cycle. Please contact your child’s Montessori guide at:
    • Ms. Beach in Casa North: casanorth@lyonsgate.ca
    • Ms. Robinson in Casa South: casasouth@lyonsgate.ca
  • Toddler Show & Share: Show & Share in the Toddler classroom will take place Wednesday, Feb. 28, to Friday, March 1. You will be welcomed into your child’s Montessori environment with up to five other families between 3:30-4:00 to enjoy some of your child’s favourite activities with them. Sign-up will be emailed separately.
  • Elementary Open Classroom Art Show: On Monday, March 4, from 3:15-4:15, family members are invited to join us as the classroom is transformed into a gallery of student artwork. Sweet treats prepared by our student fundraising team will be available for purchase in support of KidsSport Canada.
  • Free Screening from Anderson Therapy: Lyonsgate Montessori School collaborates with Anderson Therapy Services to provide a holistic approach to education and developmental support for students. This collaborative effort ensures that students receive the individualized attention and support necessary to thrive at school, and in life. Anderson Therapy Services is offering free screening services for parents, ensuring early detection and intervention for any potential developmental concerns in children. This proactive approach empowers parents with valuable insights and support, and promotes the well-being and healthy development of children.

Ms. Craigie, Learning Resource Specialist.

Please click the image below for contact, query, and booking information.


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Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student enjoying a visit with the classroom pet fish.
Lyonsgate Montessori Toddler student enjoying a visit with the classroom pet fish.

Greetings Toddler Families,

I hope all is well and that you all enjoyed a relaxing Family Day weekend.

Please join us for our parent education session on: “The Social-Emotional Life of Toddlers: insight on how to talk to young children with respect, help them develop communication skills, and build resilience and self-regulate.”

The mental health of children has always been an integral part of the Montessori community: “We must study the profound and mysterious psychology of the little child, observe its development, and find what we can do to help,” Maria Montessori.

The Montessori approach advocates for children to listen to their inner voice, follow their instincts, and make choices. The guides are committed to protecting the emotional well being of each child. Children are encouraged to express their emotions and build healthy relationships through clear communication and respect.

In Understanding the Human Being, Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D., writes,” It is our responsibility to children, and, therefore, the future of humanity, to provide them with a model for relationships with other people that involves respect for the individual and that allows everyone who lives together to express an opinion and make decisions …The child wants freedom and respect, and we should create a family and social groupings in which these values are real and operational.”


Casa

Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students working with the Montessori Number Rods and Cards material.
Lyonsgate Montessori Casa students working with the Montessori Number Rods and Cards material.

Good Morning Lyonsgate Families,

I have heard many coworkers say that they had struggled with math before learning the Montessori way. The students in Casa South have been working hard to learn and master these concepts.

Our younger students have been exploring Number Rods(representation of numbers one to ten that involves gross motor movement), gathering to play the Memory Game of Numbers (holding a number in mind and retrieving that number of objects from a different area of the classroom), using the Golden Beads (a tangible representation of quantity and place value up to the thousands), and just counting everything in sight. Many of the numeracy activities in Montessori involve moving the body to aid in memory, which might be tracing sandpaper numbers or walking across the room to gather items.

Our older students have been working on making number rolls (writing numbers in sequence, starting at one and continuing as high as they can), working with the Strip Board to add and subtract up to eighteen, and playing the Stamp Game (adding and multiplying numbers up to the thousands). Next they may move on to delve into regrouping, fractions, and division.

In the Montessori classroom, we follow the child and our children are showing us that they’re excited to learn and understand the world through mathematics.

Thanks for reading.

Ms. Dewey.


Elementary

Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students learning division with fractions.
Lyonsgate Montessori Elementary students learning division with fractions.

With only four days of school last week, the students were very busy with their regular lessons and independent studies. Some of the children were delighted to conduct demonstrations and experiments with sea and land breezes while others learned more about tectonic plates. Following weeks of collaborative research, older students were excited to come together and share their research in the pastoral culture of the Maasai of east Africa. We also want to thank everyone who joined us for our Parent Education Event on Mental Health and Wellness. We look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming student art show on March 4th!

Marissa and Michelle.

With photos in the gallery from the Classroom Historians, Charlie and Leo.

Upper Elementary Outing — Thursday, February 22

Upper Elementary students are reminded to be prepared with their red Lyonsgate t-shirt, their Presto card, and comfortable footwear for this month’s outing. The students will be taking public transit to Princess Point to access the Desjardins Recreation Trail for a winter hike. Students are welcome to bring along a simple nut-free snack and light-weight water bottle, and should be prepared for whatever weather we may encounter!

Elev8 Dance — Friday, February 23

The class will be attending P.E. outings at Elev8 Dance on Friday afternoons throughout the month of February. Please help your child remember to wear their red Lyonsgate t-shirt on Friday, February 23, for our final dance class this term!

Open Classroom Art Show — Monday, March 4

Family members are invited to join us as the classroom is transformed into a gallery of student artwork. The classroom will be open to visitors from 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Sweet treats prepared by our student fundraising team will be available for purchase in support of KidsSport Canada.


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