EARLY CHILDHOOD
3 yrs - 6 yrs 

Sparking Curiosity

 

Prioritizing a Montessori education for your child is one of the most important gifts you will ever give. When conditions allow children to satisfy curiosity through safe, self-initiated, and playful exploration, learning occurs naturally. As children investigate, their experiences simultaneously fuel emotional, social, intellectual, physical, and ethical development. These formative years lay the foundation for academic success and personal well-being. The Montessori method promotes the natural progression of learning in your child. It is a scientifically-based approach to early childhood that leads to children being self-fulfilled, eager to engage, and primed to reach their fullest potential. When 90% of your child's brain develops by the age of five, we believe the high caliber of our early childhood program is the most fertile ground for growing your child's love of learning.

 

Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” - Maria Montessori
 

The Absorbent Mind

We know your child is hardwired to take in every detail of their environment, assimilating information and input like a sponge. Montessori observed that children from birth to 6 years old have an "absorbent mind," when "the things he sees are not just remembered; they form part of his soul." A great deal of preparation goes into shaping every detail of your child's school experience. Teachers model impeccable behavior, use words of encouragement rather than words of praise, and continuously refresh materials on the shelves to keep the joy of learning alive. 
 

"The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge.
He has the power to teach himself.” - Maria Montessori

 

Culture of Respect

Your child will receive daily Grace and Courtesy lessons that teach manners and positive social skills. The focus is on the students, so they quickly learn the value of being positive, contributing members of their classroom community. This culture of respect, collaboration, citizenship, and personal accountability elevates the Montessori approach when you are deciding what kind of education you want shaping your child's development. 


Forming a Meaningful Connection

Our teachers have intentionally chosen a career in Montessori because of their love of children and passion for the art of teaching authentically. They are trained to continuously self-reflect and assess their ability to be fully present, available, and responsive to students' emotional and academic needs. The depth of their training and knowledge is amplified by the joyful and deep relationship they develop with your child.


Individualized learning

Through careful observation of child development, Dr. Montessori distilled her key insights into an educational philosophy based on "following the child." Montessori teachers undergo rigorous training to be able to identify your child's sensitive periods for learning when there is a wonderful opportunity to readily learn a critical skill.

The teacher will regularly observe your child at work in the environment, document their progress, and thoughtfully plan their next lessons. Teachers introduce materials that your child is then free to choose, again and again, until mastery is achieved. We know there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" education. 

 

The classroom is intentionally prepared with the learning resources and tools needed for your child to work at their own pace, unhindered, allowing for the joy of self-discovery.
 


A Joyful Experience

The Montessori Method is known for promoting substantial academic growth by exposing students to a wide array of subjects and sparking their creative intelligence. However, the most important aspect of early childhood experience is your child's natural sense of joy and wonder. We want the school day to include as much laughter and unbridled happiness as possible. Education should never feel like a chore. At Lamplighter, the most valuable lesson we hope to teach your child is the joy in discovery. 
 


The Journey of the
Kindergarten Leader

Your child will start their Montessori journey as a young observer, taking cues from older students who "know the ropes." The Montessori multi-age classroom means there is a range of personalities, perspectives, ideas, and experiencesAs social beings, children learn from their peers and this leads to better problem-solving. The continuity of a three-year program also provides learning stability over time. Your child's academic strides aren't lost when they start a new classroom each year with a different teacher. Instead, the teacher builds on the progress already made with a deep understanding of their learning style. Their three-year journey will culminate in a pivotal kindergarten year when they demonstrate gains in self-confidence and leadership by setting an example for others and teaching their peers. The Montessori kindergarten year is a milestone in your child's life.  Previous experiences come together in a powerful demonstration of the confidence and competencies needed to succeed at the next level.