LSM – Innovative, educational childcare
LSM schools are based upon providing a comprehensive, educational approach to childcare that covers all areas of early development. Our programs are unique and different from play-based care at common daycares and Kindergarten programs.
We believe that the first six years of life are truly the miracle years. Early interactions don’t just create context—they directly affect the way our brain develops. This makes it critical to provide children with a quality learning environment during these essential years. This simple but profound truth inspires LSM faculty with dedication to furthering the self-creating process of the child.
Children today face a rapidly changing world full of new ideas and technology. We update our programs regularly to reflect changes in the world and in our community. At LSM, your child will experience a synergy of the Montessori philosophy within a modern, innovative early learning Curriculum and creatively designed classrooms.
The Montessori Method
Maria Montessori was, in many ways, ahead of her time. Born in the town of Chiaravalle, Italy in l870, she became the first female physician in Italy in l896. Her clinical observations led her to analyze how children learn, how they build themselves from what they find in their immediate environment. The Montessori Method of education is based on Montessori’s scientific observations.
The essence of Montessori's discovery was that a child between the ages of 0 and 6 learns in a different way altogether. He/she absorbs skills and concepts from his/her world and actually incorporates them into his/her being. The best example we can relate to as adults is language. Our mother tongue is literally a part of us. We cannot forget it, or remember learning it or imagine never knowing it. Whatever a child learns at this important age, be it math, courteous behavior, or the musical scale, becomes a part of him/her not to be forgotten.
Dr. Maria Montessori felt that the goal of early childhood education should be to create a learning environment “to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn”. Montessori teachers lead children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate, and discover. Their ultimate objective is to help their students to learn independently and retain the curiosity, creativity, and intelligence with which they were born. A vast collection of unique ‘didactic’ or self-correcting learning materials meticulously designed according to official Montessori specifications is a cornerstone of this method.
Montessori’s dynamic theories include such revolutionary premises as:
- The most important years for learning are from birth to age six.
- During the age of birth to six years, children possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from their environment.
- Children are to be respected as different from adults and as individuals who are different from one another.
- Children create themselves through purposeful activity.
LSM Mission Statement
LSM's mission is to create distinctive environments for children where they are encouraged to explore, create, learn, socialize, and celebrate their unique talents. Our schools are committed to developing in our students a sense of responsibility and interdependence with their community and the world.
- We encourage personal, intellectual, and social growth through all aspects of our program.
- We believe that parents and teachers are partners working together for the benefit of each child
- We recognize that learning is multi-sensory and inter hemispheric, and emphasize creativity and problem solving
- We recognize that each child has a unique nature and, with that, the capacity to become a successful learner.
- We promote opportunities for self-discipline and the development of a child's inner resources, which in turn enhance self-esteem.
- We recognize that current and forthcoming research will continue to illuminate methods and patterns of learning and teaching and we incorporate it into our programs.