Importance of Movement

We know the relationship between movement and the brain.  In her book The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori wrote:  “Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”
Children want to move – they need to move -- while they are learning, and at LMS they can.  Classrooms and the whole campus provide environments for movement, both purposeful and playful.  From gross motor work in the classroom to running on the playground to music with movement, children can engage in physical activity throughout their day, promoting emotional growth and intellectual growth.
Physical education classes, from kindergarten through middle school, teach children more specifically about their bodies in space, how to work as a team, and how to be healthy physically.  

Middle school students, in addition to their Physical Education classes, have an extended afternoon each week for a variety of athletics, which have included rock climbing, tennis, rowing, swimming and fitness.

Montessori Athletic Conference

Motivated by a desire to connect with other schools and provide continued school experiences in athletics, the Montessori Athletic Conference, or BIG M.A.C., was created in the fall of 2009.  Currently, the founding schools (Andover, Bay Farm, Cambridge, Riverbend, Harborlight/Stoneridge, Inly, Kingsley, Oak Meadow, Thacher, Woodside Academy, and LMS) along with two newer additions (Lesley Ellis and The Clark School) make up a thirteen member athletic conference.  Schools play inter-scholastic games and have participated in soccer, basketball, cross-country, and flag-football.