Longmeadow Montessori provides an environment that encourages a love of learning as well as development of friendships and cooperative behavior. Most classrooms include children of mixed ages, encouraging children to work at their own level of readiness. Older or more experienced children like to help younger students. These interactions help all ages learn how to work together, help each other, take turns, share and listen to one another.
While some aspects of a Montessori education emphasize independent and small group work, LMI students also enjoy all the benefits of socialization that takes place in traditional programs. Friendships naturally form and teachers encourage parents to set up play dates between budding friendships.
Children begin each session greeting peers and teachers, sharing important thoughts, building (blocks, Legos) and imaginative play (restaurant, astronaut, physician).
Provides the children experiences with a mixed age group where children work at their own level of readiness. Older children help younger children working together as a community of learners.
Group cooking, snack preparation and tables for eating together give children many opportunities to share.
Long, rectangular tables give children the opportunity to laugh, giggle and share while enjoying a healthy lunch.
Children enjoy story time with peers close to their age. Award winning children’s literature with a focus on Windows & Mirrors (both the familiar and eyes to the world) are where children take turns talking, listening, and being aware of those around them.
Children enjoy a multitude of cooperative activities including parachute games, group building activities, book making, Playdough, giant floor puzzles, balance beam, blocks, Legos, and imaginative play.
Begins with holding a partner’s hand and walking to the playground or courtyard. Teachers promote budding friendships by pairing children together as partners. Once at the playground, children are carefully supervised and have the freedom to play safely with whomever and whatever they choose on the Center School playscape and the courtyard. Running games, obstacle courses, fitness activities are organized for the children’s ultimate fun.
The garden at LMI is cared for in large part by the students who weed, plant, water, rake and explore the garden together with a teacher’s guidance.
Outside of School
Throughout the school year LMI encourages parents to use the School Directory to set up continued social experiences for children. The staff is available to assist families who are looking for suggestions regarding friendships your child is developing or might pursue. We feel it is important to give LMI parents and students a chance to socialize outside of school. To facilitate this, the LMI Social Committee plans a variety of social activities each month that provides LMI families an opportunity to build relationships while developing a stronger sense of community.
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“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”
- Maria Montessori
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Longmeadow Montessori Internationale 777 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
School Office: (413) 567-1820
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