COVID-19 Update

The campus will be closed from March 17th to April 30th. We currently anticipate returning to campus on Friday, May 1. As the situation evolves day to day, the reopening date could change. We will continue to keep you informed.


Starting March 31st, we will return to class using distance learning through Zoom and other online resources at all levels including the youngest members of our MSOL family, our 3-6 year olds. Teachers have worked through their spring break to prepare lesson plans, class schedules and resources that will provide students with an academic routine and parents with support and access. Spanish, Mandarin, PE, and Music will continue with online lessons. After school Cooking, Art, Zoology, Soccer, Crochet, Chess, and Yoga specialists are also converting their programs to 2D. See the Distance Learning tab to view classroom and course pages. Please note you will need a password to gain access, which will be emailed to parents.  


Please overview the Learning From Home Handbook and utilize these online resources to keep your children engaged during this time.

Learning From Home HandbookOnline Learning Resources


Montessori School of Lemont

For almost 50 years we have nurtured the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of children from age three through eighth grade according to the methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.

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Location: 16427 W. 135th Street, Lemont IL 60439

Telephone: (815) 834-0607


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Scientific research shows

Children thrive on order, routine, and ritual.

We learn best when we are interested in what we are learning.

People thrive when they feel a sense of choice and control.

We learn best when our learning is situated in meaningful contexts.

Extrinsic rewards reduce motivation and level of performance once the rewards are removed.

Children can learn very well from and with peers; after age 6 children respond well to collaborative learning situations.

– Angeline Stoll Lillard
Montessori, The Science Behind the Genius



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Why Montessori?

The goal of both a Montessori and a traditional class is the same: To provide learning experiences for the child. The biggest difference lies in the kind of learning experiences each school provides and the method each uses to accomplish this goal. Montessori educators believe both differences are important because they help shape what a child learns, his work habits and his future attitude toward himself and the world around him.

Montessori Conventional
Child-Centered Class Teacher-Centered class
Small teacher-pupil ratio Large teacher-pupil ratio
Teacher is a “Facilitator” Teacher is the center of class as a “Controller”
Environment and Method encourages self-discipline Teacher acts as primary Enforcer of discipline
Mainly individual instruction Mainly group instruction
Mixed Age Grouping Same Age Grouping
Age Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other Most teaching done by teacher
Child chooses his own work within a Prepared Environment Curriculum chosen for child
Child discovers his own concepts Child is given concepts by the teacher
Child works as long as he chooses at a certain activity Child allotted certain time for work
Child sets his own learning pace Pace usually set by Group Norm
Child spots own error from feedback of material If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher
Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and Rote memorization of facts
Multi-Sensory materials for physical exploration Few materials for Sensory Development
Organized program for learning Care of Self & Environment and Grace & Courtesy No organized program for Self-Care instruction – left primarily to parents
Child can work, move around and talk at will WITHOUT disturbing others’ work. Group Work is optional Child usually assigned own chair and required to participate, sit still and listen to Group Lessons

A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education

Montessori Kindergarten

Montessori Elementary

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Montessori School of Lemont does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, socio-economic level, physical ability, genetic information, and learning style in the administration of its educational policies, admissions, hiring, scholarships or other school programs.