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Why Montessori

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) founded the innovative method of educating children on the beliefs that children should be given autonomy and the ability to self-direct. She was a forward-thinker and embraced new and innovative ways of teaching. The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, attribute their success to their Montessori education because that is where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that their Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.

Here is a great read on what it is and why it should matter to you!
Montessori teachers, or as well call them, Guides, go through a rigorous two to three year certification program. This training gives them a deep understanding of child development and the specific needs of each child. A Montessori guide must intimately understand each child’s interests, motivations, abilities, and insecurities. It is through observation of the child that a guide ensures that they meet the classroom community as a whole as well as the individual needs of each child.


Lakeview is the first Montessori Preschool and Elementary School in the region. 

Montessorians understand that a child's self-esteem comes from an internal sense of pride in his or her own accomplishments. The goal of a Montessori school is to prepare young leaders who are fully qualified to enter the academic programs of their choice at a preferred university or college. 

A Montessori school promotes a hands-on approach to learning versus a focus on seatwork. Students interact with others of different ages, in an environment where younger students can learn from the older children and older children have an opportunity to lead. 

The Montessori experience begins with a deep respect for children as unique individuals, and an accredited internationally developed curriculum that includes five main pillars: practical life, sensorial, math, language and cultural learning. 

Lakeview Montessori School promotes self-paced, collaborative learning to ignite the passion and curiosity of our students. Montessori nurtures the child’s innate desire to learn, allowing them to develop strong academics, leadership, self-discipline, independence, and responsibility – traits they will carry with them through high school and beyond.

For over 45 years, Lakeview Montessori School has built a tradition of serving children implementing the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and pioneer in child development who observed that children have an innate aptitude and desire for acquiring knowledge about their world. Montessori’s approach of “following the child” is at the root of our philosophy at Lakeview Montessori School.
Lakeview Montessori School is the only Montessori school in the area that is fully accredited by two external organizations – the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators and Canadian Association of Independent Schools.
These agencies establish and oversee standards of excellence for Montessori and independent schools. Accreditation is a voluntary and rigorous process that demonstrates an unparalleled level of excellence in the implementation of Montessori education and continuous improvement. Fully accredited schools are held to the highest standards of the authentic educational philosophy and scientifically-based practices of Maria Montessori.

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  • Freedom for children to choose their work and work at their own pace

    The Montessori curriculum is deep and broad. Rather than the child conforming to a set program, in which the entire class must complete the same work simultaneously, each child in the Montessori classroom receives the lessons for which he is ready and pursues his own interests. This flexibility allows children the time they need to fully absorb concepts and the ability to pursue work that is both exciting and challenging.
  • Freedom to explore, make mistakes, and correct them independently

    Montessori materials feature hands-on materials that introduce concepts on a concrete level. These early hands-on experiences allow the child to make the leap to a deep and abstract understanding. Most materials include a control of error, allowing the child to check her own work without relying upon an adult.
  • Mixed age groups

    A fundamental component of the Montessori philosophy is the multi-age classroom. In a mixed group, children of various ages and backgrounds share their talents and interests. Older children serve as role models and solidify their understanding of their work by giving lessons to younger classmates. Children are exposed to a greater variety of content and are inspired by the work of others. Younger children are embraced by an established classroom community.
  • Prepared environments for the needs of each age group

    Montessori guides design classrooms to meet children’s physical, cognitive and social needs. Child-sized furniture and hands-on materials engage children in independent work. A beautiful ordered work environment allows them to develop internal order and discipline. Open areas and group tables encourage collaboration and teamwork. In the prepared environment, children not only learn but thrive.
  • Stewardship of others, the community, and the environment

    Peace education and lessons in Grace and Courtesy are two major components of your child’s Montessori experience. Starting in our youngest programs, children learn to respect the work of their peers, speak calmly without interrupting, and care for the other children, animals, and plants in their classrooms. At the older levels, children learn to resolve arguments with one another around a Peace Table and begin to extend their service and stewardship outwards to the greater community and the world.

Some Other Graduates of Montessori

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  • Yo-Yo Ma

    United Nations Peace Ambassador, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Presidential Medal of Freedom & National Medal of the Arts
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis

    Former First Lady
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Nobel Prize – winning novelist
  • Anne Frank

    Famous child diarist from World War II
  • Jimmy Wales

    Founder of Wikipedia
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert