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The Going Out Program

The Going-Out program is a fundamental cornerstone of Montessori Education. The students go out to understand the world they live in through their own experiences and perspectives. In groups of two to four, they go out into the world and explore what they cannot explore in the class whether it be to interview an artist for a research project they are working on or to glean insight about a culture in its natural environment. A Montessori education is about preparing the student for his/her entire life – going-out is a crucial component for the child to be able to find where he/she fits into society and he/she needs to be prepared to take his/her place within it.

The Great Lessons

There are five Great Lessons – each one meant to captivate and set the student’s imagination on fire with the thirst of wanting to know more. The first Great Lesson, The Creation Story, gives the child the grandest picture of the creation of his world and the laws that govern said world. The second lesson, The Coming of Life, describes how both plant and animal life developed on Earth with the introduction of a special creation appearing at the end. The third Great Lesson, The Coming of the Human Being, describes how special and unique human beings are and why we need to treasure each person. The fourth and fifth Great Lessons – Communication in Signs and The Story of Numbers introduce the child to the history of the English language and of Mathematics

Montessori Math

The Montessori philosophy of learning is based on respect for the child, respect for the environment, and respect for the individual learning styles of each and every child. This unconventional thinking offers an “outside the box” learning environment with extensive training in all areas of the curriculum.

Assessment, Accountability and Human Potential

In a Montessori environment we focus on reaching our highest human potential, rather than achievement by standardized tests. By 'highest human potential' we mean the capacity to thrive socially, emotionally, intellectually, and economically; to participate meaningfully in family, community, and civic life; and to live a life of curiosity, agency, and satisfaction. 
Parents will receive one progress report (mid November) and report cards mid February and a student led conference at the end of June evaluating and assessing their child’s progress to that point. Parent/teacher interviews follow the mid-year report card (February), and are available upon request throughout the school year.

The Lakeview Montessori Curriculum at a Glance

Casa / Pre-School
Practical Life
Botany & Zoology
The Great Lessons
Physical Education
Educational Field Trips
Going-Out Program
(Community OutReach)