In our classroom and through our methods, everything is designed to meet the children's needs. Here they develop a community life through their sense of ownership and pride. Along with socialization, they develop an awareness of, and sensitivity to, each other on a daily basis. Our organized and stimulating classrooms possess an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation that invites a child's participation and self-development. ______________________________________________________________________________
"When my son was 2 years old, a doctor recommended that he begin interacting with children his age and a little older as often as possible. He had been experiencing some delays in speech as well as gross motor skills and the doctor felt like being with the other children would help him improve. In August, when my son turned 3, we enrolled him in LMS. That was four and a half years ago now. If you met my son today, you would never know he ever had any problems, especially in language. He is in the second grade and is on level, if not ahead, in most of his work. He loves going to school every day, and the things he has learned continue to amaze and surprise us on a daily basis." --Amy V., mother of Lockhart Montessori School student ______________________________________________________________________________
Practical Life Activities Many creative and time-tested activities are offered to assist the child in developing a sense of order, concentration, independence, fine motor skills, grace, courtesy and respect for others.
Some preschooler activities in practical life include: How to brush your teeth, how to wash hands and clean your nails, how to pack a lunch, how to dress yourself, how to set a table, how to pour, how to clean up after yourself, how to seed and water a plant, how to say "please" and "thank you" as well as many other practical and important life skills.
Sensorial Development Activities Sensorial activities assist the child in understanding the information he receives from his environment this helps the child appreciate and understand his world. These activities involve the use of music, sounds, smells and concrete objects to stimulate and exercise the senses of hearing, sight and smell.
Language Arts Activities Through multiple language arts activities, a child will learn the alphabet, phonetic sounds, phonetic reading and writing, irregular or sight words. Our Montessori teachers also involve the child in word games, public speaking and reciting poetry.
Mathematics Activities Through activities that incorporate the use of concrete materials (beads, blocks, rods, cards), children learn to count to 10 and then to systematically progress to solving complex addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions.
Culture and Science Activities Through multiple activities, the child is introduced to and familiarized with geography, history, botany, zoology and scientific experiments.
CLASS SCHEDULE (Primary)
7:00-8:00 Before-school care 8:00-8:30 Arrival and greeting of children 8:30-11:30 Work period/snack 11:30-12:00 Playground 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:00-2:10 Work period 2:10-2:20 Clean up 2:20-2:30 Dismissal preparation 2:30-2:45 Dismissal 2:30-6:00 After-school care
Group lessons are ongoing through the morning. Lessons such as science are held during the afternoon work period. This is to allow the children to have a complete three-hour work cycle in the morning. A complete class schedule is included in the application packet.
Based on a recent survey, here are the attributes and qualities parents find most appealing about Lockhart Montessori's program:
Children enjoy the structure the school provides.
Eleven-month school year.
The program fosters independence and exploration.
Children are exposed to social studies, science, art and math.
The dedicated and caring staff.
Small classroom sizes.
Individualized student-centered instruction.
Emphasis on social graces, manners and responsibilities.
Frequent educational and cultural field trips.
As part of the same survey, the parents said they appreciated the most about the physical environment provided at LMS:
Organization and ease of use for the children.
All of the outdoor space provided, including the new deck area and backyard park.
Bright, open and uncluttered layout of the school.