About Lake Montessori
What makes us unique?
As the only Montessori school in Leesburg, our programs, size, facilities, location, and most importantly of all, people set us apart from the rest.
The Montessori philosophy is founded upon a recognition that children have an innate desire to learn. Maria Montessori designed integrated materials that direct a child’s learning in a form as close to natural learning as possible. These materials allow children to experience each concept in a concrete manner and to work gradually to abstract understanding.
This learning takes place in an environment that develops disciplined independence, intellectual curiosity, self-esteem, and logical thinking.
Our goal is to use the Montessori methods, a carefully-prepared environment, and the best teachers to help students develop positive attitudes and behavior necessary to create the characteristics of successful learners, responsible individuals, and effective citizens.
Narrative History of the School
Lake Montessori has served the Leebsurg area as the only Montessori school in the area for the last 30 years. It has gone through a few different owners over the years. Hugo Hormazabal Sr. purchased the school in 2011. He comes from a long line of school administrators, school owners, and teachers. Over the last 63 years, his family has been involved with over 30 charter schools in Chile in the more urban parts of Santiago.
Lake Montessori has undergone many changes to improve the classrooms to update the Montessori materials, to clean up the building, and the surrounding 3 1/2 acres. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by so many strong educators with a clear vision for our school.
Characteristics of Successful Learners
- Academic risk-taking, working to the limit of one’s ability when necessary
- Careful, logical thinking, willing to consider all facts before making a decision
- Self-directed, willing to initiate learning activities, set goals, organize time, and complete projects
- Persistent in difficult work, willing to ask for help and consider disappointment a challenge
- Creative, using imagination to generate new ideas
- Enthusiastic in acquiring knowledge and in pursuing interests
Characteristics of Responsible Individuals
- Showing respect for self and others
- Holding true to one’s values
- Taking responsibility for one’s actions
- Honest about one’s strengths and weaknesses, setting reasonable goals to develop and improve
- Cooperative, able to contribute ideas, to listen, and to compromise
Characteristics of Effective Citizens
- Understanding the interdependence of all on earth
- Respecting the differences among people and cultures
- Capable of communicating with individuals of all ages and backgrounds
- Understanding importance of involvement in local, national, and worldwide concerns
- Awareness of the importance of each person’s contribution
“If you want to be a great person, work hand in hand and walk side by side with great people.”
There are many aspects of a world-class education that are not limited to the coverage of academics and implementation of good grades. Many schools provide a good curriculum and homework to ensure the coverage of what has to be learned. However, that is not enough. A student must have a good bond with the teacher while becoming a well-rounded person who treats others with respect, learns to find solutions, is happy, and can have sympathy for others. These are values that are taught at home and reinforced at school.
At Lake Montessori, we do not only reinforce values, we model them. We believe this is an important pillar for a good education. As a school, we ensure that children are not only learning values but are applying good habits that lead to the understanding that every action can be a learning opportunity. We want our children to surround themselves with like-minded individuals who embrace and share the practices of Maria Montessori’s grace and courtesy lessons. We want our children to be aware that their circumstances do not determine where they will end up.
How do we model these values?
The Montessori circle time is a great opportunity for children to practice their manners and communicate effectively with their peers. Some of the opportunities we offer is learning and putting into practice the seven habits of happy kids, as well as practicing mindfulness with the children.
The Seven Habits
Habit 1 — Be Proactive — You’re in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take the initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind Have a Plan
I plan and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3 — Put Things First — Work First, Then Play
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win — Everyone Can Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Listen Before You Talk
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6 — Synergize — Together Is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw — Balance Feels Best
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.