Program

CURRICULUM

Pathways curriculum is a blend of Montessori teaching practices as well as traditional teaching methods. Small class sizes allow for individualized education programs, that respect each child’s abilities and pace for mastering new learning concepts. Critical thinking skills are enhanced throughout the programs.

 

TODDLER, CASA, JUNIOR AND SENIOR KINDERGARTEN

 

Practical Life
Practical life exercises allow the child to practice every day life tasks in order to provide a foundation for the development of independence, self-confidence, motor perception, perfection of movement and power of concentration.

Sensorial
These concrete materials educate the senses and allow the child to understand what he/she perceives. When the hand is busy, it will assist the child in learning.

Language
While focusing on reading, writing, oral and visual communication skills, our language program is phonetically based through the use of sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, phonic workbooks and readers.

Mathematics
Through the use of concrete materials, the children learn to sensorially manipulate basic mathematical concepts. Materials are systematically used to build upon concepts from basic concrete materials.

Cultural
The child’s exploration of cultural subjects that consist of science, geography and history, help to satisfy a child’s natural curiosity of the world. These experiences are enhanced through experiments, literature, field trips and films.

 

CURRICULUM – TODDLER, CASA, JUNIOR AND SENIOR KINDERGARTEN

 

French
The younger the mind the easier it is to absorb another language more perfectly and effortlessly. As a part of the daily activities all children are exposed to the French language. Children begin to learn basic French words, such as colours, numbers and days of the week through age appropriate activities and songs.

Music
Children develop an appreciation for music through singing, movement and listening.

Art
Classroom activities allow the children to develop their own artistic skills. Art appreciation skills are enhanced by the monthly visits of an Art Gallery representative.

Library
Pathways Academy and Early Learning Centre has a complete library on site.

Physical Education
Through physical activity children set a foundation for healthy lifestyle as well as gain problem solving, decision making, goal setting and interpersonal skills.

Literacy in ECE
By introducing the young to great literature, drama, music and the excitement of great science they are exposed to the endless possibilities that lie within the human spirit, thus enabling them to see visions and dream dreams.

 

CURRICULUM GRADES 1 – 3

 

The curriculum for grades 1 through 3 continue to be a blend of Montessori and traditional teaching methods with the emphasis on individualized learning. The curriculum meets and exceeds the requirements laid down by the Government of Ontario. Pathways students also participate in all Ministry testing requirements.

Mathematics
The language program is organized into three main components: number sense and numeration, measurement, geometry and spatial sense, patterning and algebra, data management and probability. The program is designed to build a solid foundation in mathematics which includes understanding a range of mathematical concepts, memorization of mathematical facts, learning and practicing a range of mathematical procedures and applying mathematics in complex real world situations.

Science and Technology
The science and technology curriculum is organized into five components: life systems, matter and materials, energy and control, structures and mechanism, and each and pace systems. Activities and assignments encourage the learning of basic concepts of science and technology with the emphasis on how science and technology relate to themselves, their community and the world in which they live.

Social Studies
The social studies curriculum is organized into two main components: Heritage and Citizenship, and Canada and World connections. Social studies aides the children in examining and understanding our communities and the various heritages and the nature of citizenship within these, both locally and globally. Students will learn about change, culture, environment, power and the dynamics of the marketplace. Students will apply these skills to develop and understand the Canadian identity and democratic values, to evaluate different points of view and to examine information critically in order to solve problems to make decisions on issues that are relevant to their lives.

French
Continuing from the earlier years, the program builds on the basic foundation of the French language with a concentration on basic vocabulary, phonetic sounds and grammar in conversational phrases.

Physical Education
The Heath and Physical Education curriculum is organized into three main components: healthy living, fundamental movement skills ad active participation. Daily activity is encouraged as a way of life. Physical and health education helps children related fitness activities to healthy productive lives while it teaches cooperation and interpersonal skills.

Arts
The Arts curriculum is organized into three main components: music, visual arts and drama and dance. The students will develop critical and analytical skills in the study of the arts and the ability to communicate in a variety of ways. This area of the curriculum assists the students in developing their ability to think creatively and critically while allowing them to express themselves in verbal and non-verbal ways.

Music
Children develop an appreciation of music through singing, movement and listening. A qualified music instructor is on site weekly to enhance the experience.

Library
Building on library skills learned in the earlier years, the students develop skills that include finding books in the reference and non-reference sections, research skills including the use of contents and index sections, skimming and scanning techniques and the use of the library bibliography.