415 N. Lee Street, Leesburg, FL 34748
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American Montessori Society Accredited School

Lake Montessori is the only Montessori school in Leesburg, Florida, using over 100 years of proven success to educate your children.

Sep
21
2017

Teaching kids about internet bullying

internet bully

“Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by humanity through the child.” –Dr. Maria Montessori

By definition, Bullying is a willful, conscious desire to hurt, frighten, or threaten. Although it is usually ongoingnature, it may also consist of a single, intentional incident. Internet Bullying is a series of repeated, intentionally cruel incidents, or threat of harm, which involve the same children, in the same bully and victim roles. It involves an imbalance of power, either real or perceived. Internet bullying may include racial, religious and sexual harassment. Additionally, it can include offensive gestures, intimidation, extortion and social exclusion. The behavior is designed to intentionally hurt, injure, embarrass, upset or discomfort the other person. Due to the willful and conscious nature, preschool children are not characteristically developmentally capable of carrying out internet bullying and are often involved in Normal Peer Conflicts.

Over the last decade, we have all been overwhelmed by the “internet bullying” epidemic in both private and schools. Tragedies, anti-bullying policies, and legislation are at the forefront of news reports on a daily basis. Educators and parents have blamed the schools, media, parents, demographic factors, or even American culture itself.

School children in Montessori academies see less bullying than those in more traditional quarters. In fact, some years pass along without an incident of any kind. Bullying is simply not part of our day here. Why not?

The traditional Montessori method and philosophy center around empathy, peace, and problem-solving; as well as respect for all people and materials. Integral to Montessori is a proactive approach: preventing frustration, anger, and loss of self-control – elements that often incite or contribute to bullying. Montessori education provides children with the tools and a sincere desire to empathize with each other and sort things out quickly amongst themselves - or with the gentle guidance of a teacher. Montessori children are encouraged to engage in discussions to resolve their differences, express their feelings, and show empathy to others. It’s amazing, how quickly the children find solutions that work.

In the homogeneous setting of a traditional classroom, where all children are the same age and doing the same work, children often find a need to compare and separate themselves. Otherwise, what will make each child special? But in the heterogeneous Montessori setting, there is less need to compare oneself to another. Instead, children work for the love of work, and they aspire to the greater because, the older children are always present. Instead of separation, there is inherent unity, much like one would see in a large family of children all working for the common good of the whole.

Jul
14
2017

Elementary School Supply List 2017-2018

Elementary School Supply List 2017-2018

  • 3 large/jumbo disinfecting wipes (i.e.: Clorox, Lysol, etc.)
  • 2 cans of Lysol disinfectant spray
  • 1 box gallon zip lock bags
  • 12 composition books (1st-3rd grade Wide Ruled, 4th-7th grade College Ruled, no animation/picture on cover)
  • 2 grid composition books
  • 2 boxes of colored pencils
  • 3 boxes Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • 1 pack: 2 count large erasers
  • 3 glue sticks
  • 1 pack of sheet protectors
  • 1 pack of Sticky flags (Post-Its)
  • 1 3-inch white three ring binder
  • 1 ream of white card stock
  • 2 plastic pocket folders with brads
  • 3 packs of self-drying multi-colored clay
  • 3- 8”×10” white canvases (stretched canvas frame)
Jul
14
2017

Primary School Supply List 2017-2018

Primary School Supply List 2017-2018

  • 3 large/jumbo disinfecting wipes (i.e.: Clorox, Lysol, etc.)
  • 2 cans of Lysol disinfectant spray
  • 3 packs baby wipes (refillable kind is fine)
  • 1 box gallon zip lock bags
  • 6 glue sticks
  • 2 bottles of white glue
  • 2 boxes of colored pencils: 24 count (not Crayola)
  • 1 box washable markers
  • 2 boxes Ticonderoga #2 pencils
  • 1 pack: 2 count large erasers
  • 1 ream white card-stock
  • 3 composition notebooks (no animation/picture on cover)
  • A complete change of clothes to keep in the classroom. Please included undergarments and socks. Place these in a zip lock bag, labeled with your child’s name.
Jun
08
2017

Learning ideas for Summer from an 11 year old.

It's summer! School is finally over! No homework, no more teachers! Just because school is over, doesn't mean you shouldn't stop learning. 

Everyday people learn new things. Inside and outside of school. Summer is a time to take a break from school work, but learning is still not going to go away.

You can take your children to fun places during summer break, and they can learn new things! 

You could take them to the beach, teach them how to swim. You could also teach them about weathering and erosion that happens at the beach, and about the animals in the ocean.

You could take them to Kennedy Space Center, in Titusville, Florida. Teach them about rockets and the universe. The history of Kennedy Space Center is incredible! It's worth driving there.

You could go hiking! Go camping with your children; it will be so much fun! No electronics, just full of fun and learning. Take them to a deep lake, or climb the highest mountain. You could teach them about survival skills, animals, and nature! There is so much a camping trip can teach you and your child.

There will be a solar eclipse in August 2017. You could go outside and be able to see the eclipse in the sky! You could tell your kid about the moon and the sun.

Don't stay inside all day! Let your kid go outside and play games! Swim in your pool! Splash in the puddles of rain, or just play with your friends outside. Take them to fun places! Go to a trampoline park or even a water park. There is so much the world is offering to you. Make mistakes, messes, and try again. Just please make sure your child has fun every day! It's a good thing to learn and have so much fun!

Learning has a fun side and a boring side. If you are a parent, please don't let your child learn from the boring side. It's summer; every day is a new adventurous day!

Your kids could also do camp if they want. They could learn to paint and do art. Maybe they could learn to play an instrument and make music. Your child could try to do a sport they may like!

Summer is full of fun and learning! Be happy every day and try new things. Either way, your child will learn new things every day. Everyone does.

May
30
2017

Camp Montessori is approaching fast, don't miss out!

Lake Montessori is excited to announce that it's time again for Camp Montessori! A fun-filled eight weeks packed with activities designed for children to learn, get involved, and most importantly - have a fantastic Summer!

  • Camp Montessori kicks off on June 5th beginning with Favorites Week. This is the week students get to know each other while expressing their favorite things throughout the week. Each day will have a theme, and we encourage campers to get involved! If blue is your favorite color, then come to camp all decked out in blue - from blue hair to blue shoes! Your favorites are all about expressing who YOU are! Favorites week also lets students enjoy getting to know who shares their favorite things and why things are the favorites of others. Share your favorite sport, color, hobby, animal or food!
  • Animals Week kicks off June 12th and runs through June 16th. During animals week, campers learn about all different types of animals including domestic, farm, Oceanic and rainforest animals. Campers will enjoy farm day, ocean life, zoo animals, rain forest, and dinosaurs. Lake Montessori will introduce the students to actual animals brought in for campers to interact with.
  • June 19th through June 23rd is Camp Montessori Survival Week. Campers will be put to the test, can they tie the appropriate knot, can they build a shelter, or find water? Hopefully, this camp will help them survive the wilderness. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a school field trip and learn archery!
  • Crazy Craft Week runs from June 26th - 30th and includes tie-dying; no-sew projects, picture frames and more! This is the week we get our creative juices flowing! Students will paint a beautiful canvas picture to take home and even get to make slime!
  • Celebrate the 4th of July with us during Stars and Stripes Week! Enjoy the 4th of July Theme, picnic, red, white & blue, all the fun packed into three days! Lake Montessori will be hosting a barbecue for our local heroes, playing yard games and creating fun crafts using red, white, and blue colors. 
  • Be prepared to get soaked during Wet and Water Week where we'll make ourown water park including water balloons and squirt guns. Pack your bathing suit and be ready for some refreshing fun with water! Campers will have a chance to grow a water animal, participate in water wars and play with sprinklers!
  • July 17th through July 21st is Space Week! Let's create the solar system! What is a constellation? Where did astrology come from? Campers will be visited by ROTC students and learn about constellations, NASA, telescopes, moon sand, and rockets!
  • Olympic Games Week is from July 24th through July 28th. Stretch your muscles because we will put them to the test! Campers will participate in many different events for chances to win ribbons. Campers will also be learning about the many different nations that participate in the Olympics.

Camps run Monday - Friday

8:30a - 5:30p

$180/week

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Important Dates

  • October 31, 2017 9:00am
    Trunk-or-Treat
  • November 10, 2017 7:00pm
    Wine & Cheese Night
    Please join us for a fun evening and learn a little more about what we do at Lake Montessori.
  • November 16, 2017
    Parent Teacher Conferences (Educare Open)
  • November 17, 2017
    Parent Teacher Conferences (Educare Open)

Famous Montessori Students

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

Former Washington Post Editor Katharine Graham

Musician Yo Yo Ma

Singer/Songwriter Beyonce Knowles

Queen Noor of Jordan

Video Game Creator Will Wright

Magician David Blaine

Musician Sean "Diddy" Combs

Chef Julia Child

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Actor George Clooney

Singer/Songwriter Taylor Swift

Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Actress Dakota Fanning

Anne Frank

Helen Keller