Even though we are still in the second month of classes, the quality of instruction she is receiving is evident. She comes home singing new songs in French. She just started JK and everywhere we go she enjoys spelling every word in front of her, it seems to me that they style of learning made it easier for her to understand and memorize letters, understand interaction in nature and the world surrounding her, socialize and respect other, and also have discipline in different environment. They communicate effectively to parents to improve learning outcomes and her interaction with staff and other peers. Knowing that every child is different, I feel like their approach challenges ands support her learning and growth without creating or adding frustration in the tasks.
Teachers were all passionate about their work and encouraged students to be independent thinkers. They were generally very well liked and passionate about the subjects that were their specialties. They would adapt curriculum to current events and ensure it stayed relevant from year to year. Particular emphasis was placed on discovering the natural world, analyzing literature, learning about world and Canadian history, and exploring spiritual/religious topics. Good grades were a challenge to obtain, but expectations of individual students were reasonable relative to their abilities. Formality of address of any elders was encouraged, but teacher/student relationships were caring, with teachers very invested in student success. Students had the chance to learn from a variety of teachers with different styles, as subjects such as French, music, and religion were taught by teachers other than the homeroom teacher.
I love the teaching method at Olivet School. Children are not loss in an overcrowded class room. Each individual students are able to get the attention and help they need. Teachers are very knowledgeable about the curriculum. They communicate effectively with parents and children when assignments are due. The children have responsibilities throughout the school Eg. Raising and taking down the Canada Flag. They get a good deed sticker and are encourage to be kind to one another. There are teachers with counselling skills at Olivet that are able to help with any problems.
So much of a child's experience at school depends on the teacher and their teaching style. The amazing thing at Olivet is that the small class sizes allow the teacher to give individualized attention to the students. There is definitely a special comfort level between teacher and student at Olivet. I never felt awkward or embarrassed about asking questions or answering questions out loud in class. While this may seem like a more informal relationship, the level of respect was still very high. The teachers are able to adapt to each unique learning situation. I remember many times where I had finished class work early and was given additional sheets, a special book to read or new project to work on. I was always challenged to do my best.
I am very satisfied with the quality of instruction provided at Olivet. The teachers are very knowledgeable on the subjects that they teach and instruct the lessons with passion. They respect the students and care a great deal about their personal development. My daughter and I were supported in every way. I was very impressed with how much she learned and how well grounded she was.