Lawrence Montessori School offers a premier preschool program. The activities in a Montessori classroom are referred to as “work”. The child is working to build and perfect him/her self using the environment as the means. Working in the present, rejoicing in it and repeating it – is the means by which perfecting begins inside the child. Each child is presented the material s/he is capable of mastering, which helps to develop self esteem and makes the child proud of her/his accomplishments.
Our beautifully designed Montessori classrooms are geared to the child’s size, pace, abilities, and interests. Each child learns at her/his own pace and rhythm, which is why the multi-age classroom is so beneficial. Each classroom offers a wide variety of graded materials. As the child grows, these materials take them from one level of complexity to another. Most activities are done individually, so that the child can move at their own pace independently. The classrooms are designed with emphasis on the child’s innate need for movement. The use of materials involves walking, carrying, pouring, speaking and particularly the constant use of hands – the hand is the chief teacher of the child. All activity is guided by respect for the equipment, respect for the work of others, and respect for the teacher. Self-discipline is acquired through work.
The core of the Montessori curriculum is based on the activities of Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language and Cultural Arts. Additionally, we also offer an extensive enrichment curriculum in addition to Montessori to ensure a well rounded education.
These activities involve care of self, care of the indoor and outdoor environments, grace and courtesy. The 3-year old child begins here with simple activities like pouring, spooning, sweeping etc., to develop eye-hand coordination, concentration, and lengthening the span of attention for more complex activities that follow.
These materials are used to train and refine the senses. Each material emphasizes one defining quality like color, shape, weight, texture, while minimizing or eliminating others. Hence the child is being indirectly prepared for later mathematical concepts.
The world of numbers is explored through the use of concrete material to assimilate the facts of arithmetic. First the concrete form is introduced to the child, then the abstract symbol. The form and the symbol are then placed together relating the concrete and the abstract. In a Montessori classroom there are many materials that can be used for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.
The language material includes objects and pictures to be named, labeled or matched to aid vocabulary development. Textured Sandpaper Letters help the child to learn sounds of the letters before the alphabetical names because it is the sounds he hears first. Writing or the construction of words almost always precedes reading, which follows quite naturally following the various word building exercises.
These include various activities in the study of geography using maps to learn about the world and the continents in detail. Activities about animals, plants, the solar system, and our environment are presented. Science experiments are performed indoors and outdoors. History is studied in the form of time-lines.
We welcome you to visit our beautiful campus so that we can share with you all of our unique offerings to ensure that your child has the very best child care and educational experience in Lawrence.
In addition to our academically based Montessori program, we also offer a myriad of extracurricular activities to take care of the day care needs of professional parents who are seeking a high quality full-day child care program.
5005 Legends Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049