At LePort, our goal is to enable children to acquire the skills they need for a lifetime of learning and happiness.
We use the Montessori method, because from every perspective â€“academic, personal, social, life skillsâ€”it enables children to make the most of the precious early years.
Early learning, done right, can be natural, easy learning. For example, a 4-year old can learn beautiful handwriting joyfully: at that age, she enjoys sensations of sound and movement and she delights in repetitionâ€”interests we build upon with our step-by-step language program.
The Montessori method enables children to learn specific skills, such as writingâ€”and to learn how to learn, to concentrate, to persist, to succeed.
Montessori is the approach to education that recognizes and attempts to develop the potential of the young child. This is accomplished by means of a carefully prepared environment, directed by Montessori teachers trained by the Association Montessori International (AMI) using special teaching materials. The Montessori environment provides the opportunities whereby the child may attain inner discipline and self-management. Children develop responsibility for themselves in the context of the community while exploring all areas of learning at their own pace and according to their own interests.
The basic principle of the Montessori philosophy of education is that every child has all the potentialities of the MAN or WOMAN each can become. To best develop physical, intellectual and spiritual powers, a child must have freedom: a freedom that is achieved through order and self-discipline.
Dr. Montessori developed what she called the "prepared environment" which includes the concepts of freedom, structure, and order.
Children engage in activities that are real rather than fanciful. Each area of the physical environment has a specific and defined order as well as a sequence; thus enabling each child to develop at his/her own pace according to his/her own abilities in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Excerpted from the preschool's website
During morning day care (7 am - 8:30 am), our students often spend time outside, on our beautiful playground.
As an authentic Montessori program, we offer two extended Montessori periods of 2-3 hours each, in the morning (8:30 am - 11:30 am) and the afternoon (1 pm - 3 pm, for kids who have outgrown their naps.)
During these times, children are free to explore the many attractive educational materials in our classrooms. They also receive plenty of individualized attention, by teachers trained to observe and to offer just the right activities, at just the right time, in a carefully structured demonstration.
Before lunch, and after the afternoon work period, our students again enjoy the large, well-kept backyard play area.
Our school day ends at 3 pm. Day care time is spent on arts, crafts, music and free play in our day care room, as well as in our back yard play areas.