Program Descriptions

Toddler

Students 18 months through 36 months

Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that with stimulation a child’s ability to concentrate, absorb, and master new ideas and skills increases. The earlier a program of intellectual, physical, sensory and artistic education is begun the more dramatic the results.

The materials and activities in the Toddler environment recognize that children learn by doing. The Toddler environment is designed so that safe, attractive materials are always accessible and engage children in appropriate activities. Montessori Toddler teachers create a safe, loving atmosphere that makes for a trusting transition to school and puts children and parents at ease.

Early Childhood Program

Students ages 3 through Kindergarten

In this three-year program, Early Childhood students learn in multi-age settings. Their environment is filled with scientifically designed manipulatives that engage young learners. These Montessori materials ease students into beginning reading and mathematics. Practical life, sensorial and prewriting skills are developed. Students are also introduced to cultural studies, a foreign language, science, MakerSpace, music, art, physical education and beginning library skills. Students learn individually and in small groups.

Lower Elementary Program

Students ages 6 through 9 (first through third grades)

In this three-year program, Lower Elementary students learn in multi-age settings. Their environment is filled with materials designed to create interest in learning and their days present many opportunities for ‘big’ work that involves collaborations and research. Reading, mathematics, language, physical education, science, foreign language and cultural skills are developed within the Montessori curriculum. Music, MakerSpace, art, technology and library skills are enhanced through weekly lessons.

Upper Elementary Program

Students ages 9 through 12 (fourth through sixth grades)

In this three-year program, Upper elementary students learn in a multi-age setting. The Montessori curriculum at the Upper Elementary level is designed to support students in their academic growth toward abstract learning. Students learn through collaboration, individual work, small group work and whole class projects. Areas of leaning include reading, mathematics, language, science, foreign language, cultural studies, MakerSpace, music, art, physical education, technology and library skills. Annual projects include a science fair, book writing, drama productions and interactive learning experiences.

Middle School Program

Students ages 12 through 15 (seventh and eighth grades)

The Middle School years are a time of rapid personal growth and change when students are emerging into adolesence. Lamplighter Montessori School has implemented a unique program which emphasizes and encourages personal responsibility and collaborative learning. Large blocks of time are dedicated to individual work and small group seminars to allow for more in-depth study. To help develop personal responsibility, Middle School students prepare periodic progress reports for their parents and are required to plan and lead these parent-teacher-student conferences. Service Learning activities and cross-age teaching also continue to build the collaborative skills of students at this level. All Middle School students take part in hands-on service learning and build real life skills by working off-campus as interns – one week with younger children and one working in local businesses. They also take part in student government committees, and present science and history lessons to fellow students. Every year, a student group travels to New York to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations along with students from all over the world.