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Longmeadow Montessori Internationale 777 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
School Office: (413) 567-1820
Business Office: (413) 567-1880
“The 3-6 Montessori classroom is actually the perfect place for a child of this age. Children this age are not ready to compete, and often prefer to work alone or with one other child. Sharing is still something that takes a great deal of effort, and there’s still that “let me do it!” toddler-style independence that seeks autonomy in both decision making and actions.”
- Lori Bourne, author of “Montessori for Everyone”
Longmeadow Montessori Internationale is a licensed, NAEYC accredited, QRIS Level 2 Kindergarten and Preschool program for ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years.
The Montessori Method of early education encourages the young child to develop life skills that optimize their development socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. At LMI, lessons and activities provide a joyful framework in which the child learns to observe, think and create. Elements of our program include:
Children are introduced to a variety of manipulative materials – such as rods, spindles, beads, cards, cubes and counters – that give them a solid understanding of number and quantity and assist them in understanding one-to-one correspondence. Each child progresses in his/her own time to work with the decimal system and with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As the child progresses, the work changes from concrete to abstract.
The Montessori language program is phonetic-based with appropriate attention to sight words. Kinesthetic tools such as sandpaper letters and moveable alphabets help to engage all the senses. Children are introduced to lower case letters at an early age and are given the phonetic sound. The language materials are self-directing and individualized according to the child’s learning style. We also employ Lively Letters and Handwriting Without Tears.
Science, Geography, Nature and Cultural Studies
Children explore all areas of geography, physical and social sciences, and cultural differences to help them understand the world around them. The materials stress basic concepts, similarities and differences, and allow the child to become familiar through experiences, experimentation and exposure to our STEM curriculum. Sensorial material includes sandpaper globes, puzzle maps, land and water forms, plants and animals. The children all participate in the planting and care of the plants in our Montessori garden.
The children are introduced to foreign languages through the use of song, movement, games, cooking and cultural celebrations.
Children are exposed to a wide variety of materials, media and art history including units on the Master Artists. The children explore and experiment with drawing, painting, sculpture and print making techniques. Unrestricted creativity is the main thrust, with enough guidance to ensure safety, proper use of tools, consideration of peers and a feeling of success at the end of each project.
Sometimes called a “universal language,” music adds a sensory dimension to life like nothing else. Music is present in some form in all cultures. One way that we, at LMI, embrace the diversity of our student population is through the introduction of music and cultural celebrations throughout the year. LMI understands that music reflects the character of a people by the style, melodies, tones and instruments used and that children have an innate capacity to appreciate music of all types, and an uninhibited inclination to move, dance and make music.
Opportunities for indoor and outdoor gross motor play take place in the morning and afternoon sessions and also mid-day after lunch. At LMI, we know that brain research shows there is a significant positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance.
Exercises of Practical Life
These are real life tasks to be mastered by the child, designed to increase independence, organizational skills, concentration and coordination. Tasks that develop the child’s motor skills for future work include buttoning, hammering, sweeping, raking, scooping, measuring, drilling, pouring and cleaning up after themselves. Children also learn to take care of the environment, greet people, apologize when appropriate, and say thank you.
Specially designed materials refine each individual’s senses and enable the child to become more aware of him/herself and his/her environment through sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. LMI sensorial materials enable the child to develop perception skills, refine motor skills and classify things in his/her environment. Materials are based on a system of ten objects, leading directly to the match curriculum and decimal system.
Music and story are a part of everyday life in the Montessori classroom. These important components reinforce concepts that are being studied by the children throughout the curriculum.
Units of Study
Each month, the staff creates a cohesive Unit of Study that focuses on one fascinating aspect of the world. The Unit is connected to all the other skills and topics about which the children are learning. In the past, Units have included the Human Body, Dinosaurs, Space, Musical Instruments and Dance, Peacemakers, Community Helpers, and Holidays Around the World. Each year we focus one Unit of Study on Native Americans and one on the Continents. Our program is proud to exceed the Massachusetts Department of Education Frameworks Standards.
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“Help me do it alone.”
- Maria Montessori
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