- Young People's Community
- Children's House
- Program Enrichments
- Why Montessori?
- Parent Education
Dr. Montessori observed that children grow uniquely, often maturing intellectually, socially, and emotionally at different rates. Montessori classes are arranged in three-year cycles allowing each child to encounter and absorb skills and concepts at his or her own pace, guided by a carefully trained and experienced Montessori teacher.
Multi-age classrooms that support the three-year cycle also develop a sense of community, encouraging cooperative learning across age-groups and building our children’s sense of security and self-esteem. This social and emotional growth complements their intellectual development. Children who learn both independently and cooperatively develop a keen sense of their own responsibility for learning as well as a high level of empathy and respect for others.
Within our large, sunlit Children’s House classroom, children explore and discover the wonders and processes of the surrounding world. The carefully arranged classrooms and intriguing materials are designed to stimulate both their five senses and their intellects, inspiring each child’s curiosity and encouraging his or her development. Although children experience the freedom to choose their work, our Montessori certified teachers provide lessons and guide each child’s work so that they remain challenged and engaged, planting the seeds that grow into the skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Our Extended Day program allows children to work individually and in groups on deeper investigations in language, mathematics, science, geography, and history. During the Extended Day year, children have greater opportunities to practice tasks that require stamina, concentration, and cognitive as well as physical skills. Our children grow socially as they develop grace and courtesy through practicing lunch formalities and caring for their environment.
Principles of Children’s House:
- Children are respected for their inherent sense of order and individual path of development. Children in this stage work both independently and with each other to learn social and academic life skills. The younger child observes, studies and practices what the older child has an opportunity to model.
- Emphasis is placed on caring and respecting the self, others and the world around them
- Sensorial, didactic teaching materials engage all the senses as the child explores concepts of language, writing and reading preparation, Spanish, math concepts, art, science, music, and cultural studies
- An extended day is offered to the Children’s House student who is at least five years old, has been in the environment for at least one year, and shows readiness to engage in and contribute to lengthier activities. Small group projects, lesson extensions, and physical education enhance the curriculum.
Beginning in Children’s House children build a strong foundation in mathematics:
“I love the way my child has learned math: beginning in Children’s House she used materials that taught her to understand intuitively the foundations of operations like multiplication and division and the meaning of fractions. She understands these better than I do and can explain them clearly when I ask! She told me that she used Montessori methods to explain a complicated algebra division problem to her friend; she was so proud when her friend understood!”
-Parent of an LMS graduate