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Leport Schools

22081 Hidalgo
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone:
(949) 462-9848

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

In the Montessori approach, students master skills in a clearly structured process: First, they receive one-on-one "demonstrations" of the educational materials. Then, after they have been introduced to the materials, they can explore and work with them at their own choice and pace, during our "work periods." For some materials, the learning concludes with a "three period lesson", during which the teacher guides the child to learn the vocabulary associated with the activity (e.g., "short, long" or "light red, dark red", or "high pitch, low pitch", or "wing, beak, claw, tail"...) Montessori is neither "teacher-led" nor "play-based": it is its own unique approach.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Specially designed Montessori language materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Specially designed Montessori math materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Specially designed Montessori geography, time, practical life, sensorial, and other materials
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Specially designed Montessori science materials
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Specially designed Montessori music materials
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art is integrated seamlessly into the Montessori classroom, and is a daily part of the child's life
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Our school follows the Montessori approach and offers a comprehensive curriculum. Practical Life: Training for independence— fine and gross motor skills, social interactions, care of self and environment. Sensorial Exercises:Developing active minds, powers of concentration, and careful observation skills Language: Handwriting and reading, step-by-step, using materials such as Metal Insets, Sandpaper Letters, Moveable Alphabet Mathematics: A self-paced, sequential progression from counting to early arithmetic, built on high-quality manipulatives Cultural Studies: Discovering the wondrous world, from science to art, from cultures and history to geography and music

From the Director:

In the Montessori approach, students master skills in a clearly structured process: First, they receive one-on-one "demonstrations" of the educational materials. Then, after they have been introduced to the materials, they can explore and work with them at their own choice and pace, during our "work periods." For some materials, the learning concludes with a "three period lesson", during which the teacher guides the child to learn the vocabulary associated with the activity (e.g., "short, long" or "light red, dark red", or "high pitch, low pitch", or "wing, beak, claw, tail"...) Montessori is neither "teacher-led" nor "play-based": it is its own unique approach.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our Montessori classrooms are multi-age communities (toddlers from ages 18 months - 3 years, preschoolers/Kindergarteners ages 3-6 years.) All instruction is individualized: all demonstrations are done one-on-one, and each child works with each material at his own choice and pace until he achieves mastery.

Our teachers provide thoughtful guidance throughout: they observe, and demonstrate developmentally appropriate activities. They also keep track of each child's development, and ensure that throughout his 3-year-stay in our preschool classroom, each child has covered the full breadth and depth of the Montessori curriculum.

All of our preschool/K teachers are AMI trained for children through Grade 1, and are able to guide academically advanced students. For example, a mathematically inclined child in our preschool can learn to do multiplication into the thousands; a verbally-skilled child will progress beyond the writing and reading most students do, to word study and early grammar.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At LePort Mission Viejo, your children will experience the best education in Southern California—and you'll have the opportunity to bond with a community of dedicated, informed parents.

Our Montessori toddler and preschool classes offer more than daycare: these programs help your child grow into a confident young individual who, through engaging activities, learns to read, write, and do arithmetic.

Our elementary and junior high school program starts with an authentic Montessori environment in grades 1-3, and then transitions into a more traditional classroom setup (grades 4-8, junior high/middle school) where your child is presented with our rigorous, sequentially taught academic curriculum. Throughout, our emphasis on personal development helps prepare your child to excel in the most challenging high school environment—and equips him for the adventures of life. Small classes and passionate, expert teachers ensure each child gets the personal attention he deserves.

We offer extended childcare hours (7:30 am to 6 pm) to supplement our core school day (8:30 am—3:00 pm). Extracurricular activities—from music to art and athletics—in the afternoon and on-site tutoring round out our program.

Visit our website at www.leportschools.com/our-locations/mission-viejo to find out more, and schedule a tour to see for yourself why our parents rave about LePort Mission Viejo!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school encourages active communication and strives to educate parents about the Montessori method. Each year, we offer five Parent Education Evenings, which cover all aspects of the Montessori curriculum. We also send weekly e-mails, and encourage parents to communicate directly with their child's teachers, both at bi-annual parent-teacher meetings, and informally as the need arises. Finally, we invite parents to observe in class: we even have several "watch me work" events dedicated to this purpose.

Separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We discuss each child's need one-on-one with the family, and tailor our approach to their individual needs. We may invite the child to visit a week prior to enrollment and join his classmates for outside play time. We may also start out with shorter days as needed. Overall, we minimize separation issues through our unique approach: since we have multi-age classrooms, with rolling enrollments, we rarely have a large number of new students starting at the same time. Our older students often act as mentors, and help younger children with the transition. Because our entire teaching is one-on-one, and because older students are capable of working by themselves, our teachers have the ability to spend extra time with new students during the first few transition days. We find that most students quickly get excited by the many wonderful activities in our classrooms, and under the loving care of our well-trained, experienced teachers adjust quite comfortably to their new school environment.