MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF LEMONT

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PROGRAMS

The Montessori School of Lemont serves children from age three through eighth grade and is registered with the Illinois State Board of Education and affiliated with the American Montessori Society.

Students are combined in
multi-age grouped classrooms of
3-6 year olds
6-9 year olds
9-12 year olds
12-14 year olds

This allows them to work at their own level in each area of the curriculum under the guidance of Montessori teachers.

Admissions

Admission into a specific program is based on a child’s developmental readiness. Class placement is made with a goal of attaining a balance of age and gender within each program. Siblings of children already enrolled in the school and transfer students from other Montessori schools will be given priority in the enrollment process.

Enrollment begins in February of each year for the following academic year.  To begin the process, call or send us an inquiry to be placed on our waiting list and to receive an invitation to a monthly informational “Coffee.”  Applications will be offered to families who have attended a Coffee.  Upon acceptance, the remaining enrollment forms and tuition deposit are due to reserve your child’s placement in our program. 

The Montessori School of Lemont does not discriminate and admits students of any gender, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities available to students at the school. 


Open Houses or “Coffees”
Are you interested in learning more? We invite you to attend one of our Open Houses which we call “Coffees.” Learn about the Montessori philosophy and curriculum, the admissions process, observe classes while they are in session, and chat with parents, staff and our student ambassadors who will speak about their work and experiences in their classrooms. Coffees are one of the few adult-only events at MSOL and are held monthly or until enrollment is filled. 

Please call the office or email us to RSVP:

November 1, 2019
December 6, 2019
January 10, 2020
February 7, 2020
March 6, 2020
April 17, 2020
May 8, 2020

Come for coffee… stay for a few years!

 

Primary

The 3-6 year old or Primary child is in what Montessori referred to as the “First Plane of Development.” The child at this level has a sensorial relationship to his/her environment; and learns by touching and manipulating real objects. Lessons consist of concrete materials that the child is encouraged to explore following an initial presentation by a trained Montessori director. Academic achievement is often the outcome of this well rounded curriculum, however Montessori’s goal was not merely academic success rather she sought to nurture the spirit and aid in the development of the child as a whole or Education for Life. There are six basic areas of the Montessori Primary Curriculum in addition to Art and Music activities which are included in the Sensorial, Language and Geography Areas:

Practical Life activities help the child to develop concentration, coordination, independence and the routine of completing a work cycle using activities of daily life.

Sensorial activities train the child to use all senses to explore their environment.

Math provides a foundation for problem solving and critical thinking skills through the use of concrete materials.

Language brings together the reading and writing skills of the child to develop logical thinking.

Science and Geography offer the child a context in which to understand his existence.

Montessori Kindergarten: Empowering and Essential

 

Elementary

Our Elementary program begins with and completes Montessori’s “Second Plane of Development.” This plane begins with concrete materials and ends with the understanding of the academic work in the abstract. The core curriculum is an extension of the Primary curriculum and includes Music, Language, Math, Geometry, Science and the Cultural Subjects. As in the Primary level, Art and Music activities are integral to other areas, specifically the cultural subjects. Daily outdoor activity time emphasizes team building and sportsmanship. While the Elementary student no longer requires the Practical Life Curriculum to develop his/her concentration, coordination, independence and responsibility that they gained during their Primary years, Practical Life remains one of the most important areas of the curriculum. 

In the Second Plane these patterns of learning, behavior, attitudes and social interaction blossom under the guidance of the Elementary staff. The 6-14 year old student is involved in the Creation of Self through developing use of reason, intelligence and imagination to understand ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’. They have a physical relationship to the classroom environment for which they share responsibility to maintain an aesthetically pleasing work environment. Collaboration on this practical challenge involves the use of intelligence and imagination in socially acceptable ways. As students gains expertise in relationship to their peer group, they are gradually developing a sense of diplomacy, social integration and the ability to assume various leadership roles. By the time Montessori students have successfully met the challenges of the Second Plane of Development, our staff delights in knowing that they have become a person with the self-confidence and knowledge, capable of succeeding by their own efforts and abilities. Practical Life in action.

Montessori: The Elementary Years

Adolescent

Our Elementary program begins with and completes Montessori’s “Second Plane of Development.” This plane begins with concrete materials and ends with the understanding of the academic work in the abstract. The core curriculum is an extension of the Primary curriculum and includes Music, Language, Math, Geometry, Science and the Cultural Subjects. As in the Primary level, Art and Music activities are integral to other areas, specifically the cultural subjects. Daily outdoor activity time emphasizes team building and sportsmanship. While the Elementary student no longer requires the Practical Life Curriculum to develop his/her concentration, coordination, independence and responsibility that they gained during their Primary years, Practical Life remains one of the most important areas of the curriculum. 

In the Second Plane these patterns of learning, behavior, attitudes and social interaction blossom under the guidance of the Elementary staff. The 6-14 year old student is involved in the Creation of Self through developing use of reason, intelligence and imagination to understand ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘when’. They have a physical relationship to the classroom environment for which they share responsibility to maintain an aesthetically pleasing work environment. Collaboration on this practical challenge involves the use of intelligence and imagination in socially acceptable ways. As students gains expertise in relationship to their peer group, they are gradually developing a sense of diplomacy, social integration and the ability to assume various leadership roles. By the time Montessori students have successfully met the challenges of the Second Plane of Development, our staff delights in knowing that they have become a person with the self-confidence and knowledge, capable of succeeding by their own efforts and abilities. Practical Life in action.

Summer Classes

June 10-August 2, 2019
Our 8 Week Summer School Program is flexible, allowing families to register for select weeks or the entire session. We offer an extended day schedule for students in Kindergarten and Elementary as well as before and after school care options from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.


Summer School Registration Form


Students meet from 9:00 am -3:00 pm ($160 per week) and can choose from a variety of weekly science camps including agriculture, ornithology, camping, engineering, meteorology, veterinary science, culinary science, and gardening. 

Students don’t need to be enrolled at Montessori to attend our summer school programs.

Before School Care is available 8:00-9:00 am and After School Care is available 3:00-5:00 pm for $6/hour.

Please call 815-834-0607 or email info@lemontmontessori.com for more information.

Special Classes

We are proud to offer a wide variety of extracurricular classes for all students, from the Primary level to Adolescent. These classes include Yoga, Soccer, Cooking, Rock Band, Robotics, Zoology, Arts & Crafts, Crochet Club, and  Chess Club.

Classes change each semester. You can find more information on the current semester’s classes in the form below.

Specials Registration Form

Before & After School Care

Before School Care is offered from 7:00-8:45 am. After School Care is offered from 3:00-6:00 pm. Both programs are available to parents on an as needed basis at a rate of $6 per hour. Parents will be invoiced at the end of each month.

Please note that space for the After School Care program is limited and that readiness for the extended hours is at the teacher’s discretion.

Before Care*
(all ages)

7:00 – 8:45 am

Preschool
(3-4 year olds)

Half Day
8:30 – 11:30 am
12:15 – 3:00 pm

Extended Day
8:30am – 3:00 pm
8:45am – 3:15 pm

Kindergarten
(5 by Sept. 1)

8:30am – 3:00 pm
8:45am – 3:15 pm

Elementary & Adolescent
(6-14 year olds)

8:30am – 3:15 pm

After Care*
(all ages)

3:00 – 6:00 pm


* Additional fees are assessed for these programs.