How we see Alive Montessori & Private School
How Alive Montessori & Private School sees itself
"Located one short block north of Eglinton at Bathurst. PRE-SCHOOL TO GRADE 6. Children get off to a very fast start to their education in a safe, family-like environment. Early reading at ages 3, 4 and 5 develops into fluency at a young age with our extremely effective reading program. Very strong emphasis on the Basics of Reading, Writing and Math to give a solid grounding for all other learning. Watch your child's confidence grow as he or she demonstrates competence and ability. FASTER LEARNING – MADE FUN!"
"> Every child is a unique individual deserving of the best education possible.
> Every child has an innate desire to learn that must be cultivated, not blunted.
> Every child has his or her natural interests and strengths.
> Learning occurs at varying rates and every child learns at his or her own optimum pace.
> The goal of education is to give every child the tools to become self-reliant and successful in life.
> Done properly, learning is fun."
"For our parents Alive is more than education. Our school means family and means trust and a whole new understanding what it means to feel safe and loved.
They choose our school because it is small and welcoming place where every child is appreciated and feels a sense of belonging. In the end of the day, children do not want to go home and arrive each morning with a smile. The hands-one learning and qualified staff are major factors that contribute to our student's success."
"We treat each child as an individual and families often get surprised that we know each other on a personal level. We truly care about every single child that steps through the door. We are a very small school community of 50 students in total, going from Preschool to Elementary, which allows us to give our students the attention and guidance to help them reach their full potential."
"Our school has Speciality Classes almost on a daily basis during the normal school hours.
From piano classes to gym classes, to drama and dance classes, we have a wide range of activities."
"The ultimate goal of education is to prepare the child for life.
We develop those skills that students need no matter how technology changes: the ability to read fluently, to communicate and write well, understanding and competence in math. Our students also develop the ability to study so they can adapt to the changes that are coming.
Character development – honesty, integrity, work ethic, kindness, helpfulness, and confidence – combined with knowledge and ability."
We are conveniently located near the intersection of Bathurst & Eglinton.
Although our facility is located in the Forest Hill United Church, we are a non-religious school and open to all.
How people from the school’s community see Alive Montessori & Private School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Julia Simon, Principal
Primary School Teaching Diploma, Montessori Early Childhood Diploma, Early Childhood Educator Diploma
At Alive Montessori & Private School our mission is based on the following premises:
• The word “educate” comes from Latin roots meaning “to lead out”. As such, we believe that it is our duty as educators to bring out the innate skills and talents of the children in our charge.
• Every child is a unique individual deserving of the best education possible.
• Every child has an innate desire to learn that must be cultivated, not blunted.
• Every child has his or her natural interests and strengths.
• Learning occurs at varying rates and every child learns at his or her own optimum pace.
• The Basics of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic are vitally important as these still form the foundation for all future learning.
• The goal of education is to give every child the tools he or she will need to become self-reliant and successful in life.
• Education does not have to be a dreary and dull activity. Done properly, learning is fun.
Our goal at Alive Montessori & Private School is to provide the best possible start to our children through proper education, thereby instilling a life-long love of learning in every child. We aim to create a safe, caring and fun environment where every child will learn and will become more and more confident as he or she gains in abilities.
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
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