"Montessori Across the Ages" Program Descriptions
At LMS children explore their own identities as they interact empathetically with people from diverse backgrounds.
LMS aims to nurture in each student the construction of a knowledgeable, confident identity as an individual and as a member of multiple cultural groups (such as gender, race, ethnicity, or class). We enable children to have comfortable, empathetic interactions with people from diverse backgrounds. We also foster each child’s ability to recognize bias and injustice, and cultivate each child’s ability to stand up, individually and with others, against bias or injustice.
The Cultural Curriculum at LMS emphasizes children’s curiosity about their place in the world community.
The Cultural Curriculum at LMS emphasizes children’s curiosity about their place in the world community. It is designed to inspire a sense of appreciation about the origins of the planet and the development of the world’s many cultures and civilizations. Interdisciplinary studies interweave the sciences with cultural explorations and teach critical thinking skills. Most importantly, students develop a sense of themselves as citizens of a global community, with both the power and the responsibilities that citizenship entails. Like other components of the Montessori curriculum, the cultural curriculum is developmental.
Language Arts at LMS is energized by children’s drive to communicate. Our classrooms are alive with conversation, discussion and debate. LMS children are expressive writers.
Language Arts at LMS is energized by children’s drive to communicate. Our classrooms are alive with conversation, discussion and debate. At every level we encourage interactive and collaborative learning. From a Toddler’s desire to articulate, to a Middle Schooler’s need to build a logical argument, children seek increasingly sophisticated skills.
The LMS language curriculum offers a balanced approach to literacy. Upon a strong foundation in phonemic awareness and phonics, children expand their vocabulary and learn the rules of spelling. They become fluent readers who use a range of comprehension strategies. Montessori’s dramatic grammar materials introduce the structural concepts of language.
LMS students are expressive writers. Montessori moveable alphabets allow young children to compose before they can write. They experience the thrills of authorship when they “publish” their first picture books in Lower Elementary. They practice various genres through Upper Elementary and Middle School, as they publish stories, poems, essays, and research papers.
The LMS mathematics program gives students specialized tools and experiences each step of the way, as they develop from preoperational Toddlers into formal operational Middle Schoolers.
The LMS math program gives students specialized tools and experiences each step of the way, as they develop from preoperational Toddlers into formal operational Middle Schoolers. The precise design and intriguing color-coding of time-tested Montessori materials assist children in clear concept formation, as each advance is cleverly built on the work that precedes it.
From the beginnings of one-to-one correspondence to algebraic abstractions, at each progressive level, our Math curriculum deepens studies in each of the following objectives:
• Acquisition of the concepts of number and quantity
• Use of numeration symbols and mathematical notation
• Development of number theory
• Using of the concept of place value
• Development of a vocabulary of mathematical terms
• Ability to perform abstract operations
• Memorization of math facts
• Data collection and representation
• Evaluation and use of a variety of problem solving strategies
• Understanding of measurement units
• Use of nomenclature of geometry
The Music program at LMS is designed to empower the individual to express and communicate with sound on a normalized and on-going basis, and to hear, feel and interpret as they listen.
The Music program at LMS is designed to empower the individual to express and communicate with sound on a normalized and on-going basis, and to hear, feel and interpret as they listen. Music helps us to feel a sense of belonging and to suggest how others might belong too. Inspiring community and empathy are primary goals in the music program at all levels, along with other social understandings that music can bring. These social goals are combined with technical objectives that change according to level. The technical objectives emphasize basic music literacy, and progress from the memorization of songs and movements, through the introduction of instruments and musical notation to the introduction of scales, harmony and composition.
The Physical Education program is designed to help develop physically educated individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the benefits of total body movement and also the self-confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity.
The PE program helps children develop motor patterns and practice manipulative skills. In order to target practice for maximum success, we isolate the difficulty of new skills. As children mature, they learn to use these skills in the context of performance. When we teach games, we stress clarity about rules and procedures, and we insist on good sportsmanship. We use a variety of intriguing games and challenges to help children develop cooperative interpersonal skills. Throughout their years at LMS, we coach them in establishing healthy lifestyle habits.
The Practical Life curriculum is a distinguishing feature of Montessori education, allowing students to connect learning with living throughout their educational experience.
Acquiring the skills for every day living gives children a sense of competency and independence and an understanding of the need for collaboration. The Practical Life curriculum is a distinguishing feature of Montessori education, allowing all children to connect learning with living from the very beginning of their educational experience. Through Practical Life, children build ownership of their school experience and develop confidence in their abilities to affect their environment. Practical Life work fosters healthy patterns of behavior, self-awareness, and positive relationships.
The Science Curriculum at LMS is designed to inspire a sense of wonder about the the natural world and the laws of nature.
The Science Curriculum at LMS emphasizes, from the early years, children’s curiosity about the natural world and their place in their world community. It is designed to inspire a sense of wonder about the origins of the earth and the laws of nature. By intimately interweaving the life, physical and earth sciences, the curriculum helps children connect the natural world with the people who inhabit it, teaches them critical thinking skills to test new information, and empowers them to be active investigators. Like other components of the Montessori curriculum, the Sciences curriculum is developmental. The sciences come alive through hands-on experiences, as children explore the laws of nature.
The Spanish program has three goals: to promote enjoyment in Spanish language learning; to immerse students in Spanish listening, speaking and writing experiences; and to promote the appreciation of the diverse cultures of Spain and Latin America.
In the area of Spanish, there are three overarching goals:
1) to encourage children to have fun while learning Spanish in various ways that reach their different abilities and styles;
2) to immerse students in Spanish to develop comprehension (listening, reading) and production (speaking, writing) skills; and
3) to promote an appreciation of the diverse cultures of Spain and Latin America in order to widen children’s global perspective.
The LMS Spanish program promotes exposure to the spoken language to the fullest extent possible during formal and informal teaching time. The teachers speak Spanish nearly all of the time, using contextual cues (visual aids, gestures, modeling, tone of voice, facial expressions, etc.) to support comprehension. Likewise, students are encouraged to speak in Spanish as much as possible. Teachers promote the use Spanish informally throughout the school, as well.
The Art program at Lexington Montessori School is based on the premise that all children are natural artists and have an artistic voice.
The Art program at Lexington Montessori School is based on the premise that all children are natural artists and have an artistic voice. By modeling respect and providing developmentally appropriate activities, we encourage students to experiment with materials, tools, and techniques. Students learn to think creatively, to use their “right brains,” and to take risks with ideas and materials. Mistakes become opportunities to reevaluate artwork and to try a new direction in creating.
We introduce a range of artistic examples from other cultures and times to inspire appreciation of other artists and to help children use critical thinking and observational skills while interacting with works of art. The Art teachers are a resource for the classroom teachers and often help supply materials and techniques for classroom art activities. Exhibiting artwork throughout the school allows us to celebrate each child’s creativity and work.
|LMS offers “Montessori Across the Ages.” The classrooms from Toddlers through Middle School are led by highly skilled teachers who engage their diverse range of learners by getting to know them intimately. At each level the teachers build conscious communities where children learn effective communication for sharing ideas and resolving conflicts.
LMS classrooms celebrate literacy by using literature in every aspect of learning. Children write because they are authors with something to say; they read to appreciate the craft of other authors and to support their learning. Montessori math is agelessly innovative, with materials that are unrivaled in their ability to help children build conceptual understanding. The soul of the LMS curriculum arises from each student’s search for meaning as an individual within the community, the culture and the universe. Dr. Montessori called this “cosmic education.”
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