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Magic Lantern Montessori

4620 S Findlay Street
Seattle, WA 98118

Phone:
(206) 235-4270

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Magic Lantern Montessori our approach to learning is child-centered. In order to encourage initiative and self-sufficiency, children choose by themselves the things that interest them within an inspiring, imaginative, but well-defined setting. The faculty and staff gently guide students toward their inherent talents and abilities.

Magic Lantern Montessori serves children 3 years through age 6. Year-round classes focus on practical hands-on learning experiences in the areas of science, math, language and geography. The curriculum also highlights cooking, dramatic expression, music, movement, and arts and crafts, directed by teachers with special training in these fields. Our goals are to help build children's self-esteem and nurture their development of social and emotional awareness — about themselves and others.

Equally strong as our commitment to children is our commitment to community. Parents are an integral component in helping assure our mission is accomplished. Parents are responsible for supporting the ongoing administration and management of the program via committees participation, or by taking on specific duties. Your child’s experience at Magic Lantern will be enhanced by your involvement in our community. Just as we seek to provide a nurturing environment for our children, our goals are to interact with one another with respect, acceptance, empathy and the recognition that we each have a valuable contribution.

(from school website)

A Typical Day

Daily Routine:
Magic Lantern’s hours are 8:00am–5:30pm Monday through Friday. The morning curriculum begins at 9:00am, and the afternoon program ends at 4:00pm. The morning routine emphasizes Montessori work and outdoor play and includes a morning snack and lunch. The afternoon is built around our creative arts program (art, music and imaginative play) with quiet/nap time and a snack.

(from school website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Communication
The families in our program rely heavily on email to share business-related information about the school – committee updates, classroom needs, meeting minutes and even shopping lists. We encourage all families to join our group email list as the most efficient way to stay current on school news.
To join our email group list, please send a request to Bogdana Manole at Bogdana@oz.net. She will add you to MagicLantern@yahoogroups.com, and you will begin receiving all mail immediately. To send messages to the group, simply address them to MagicLantern@yahoogroups.com.
Each family will be assigned a mailbox in the school office for memos, committee updates, or notes from teachers. Please check your mailbox often.
There are two bulletin boards in the stairway outside the classroom door. One includes general messages relevant to all families and teachers. The other contains the all-school calendar of meetings and events, and houses the sign-up sheet for unique volunteer opportunities. Curriculum details will be posted on the whiteboard each week. And daily notes about each student’s activities will be written in the sign-in/sign-out sheets as time allows.

(from parent handbook)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school