The Children’s House program at Lake Country School serves children ages 3 years to 6 years in three multi-age classrooms. Each of the three classrooms has two Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) trained teachers, typically called “guides.” The program is five days a week—mornings for the younger children, and all day for the oldest children. There is an extended day program available by contract before and after school.
Research on the development of the brain has borne out Dr. Maria Montessori’s observation that young children are particularly sensitive to learning from their environment through the power of what she called “the absorbent mind,” which can take in everything that is offered. In a Montessori program children teach themselves by working with concrete, hands-on materials that they are shown how to use by a teacher in a one-on-one or small group lesson. After a material has been shown to a child, they are free to use it whenever they choose during the 3 hour work period. Children work at their own pace as they construct themselves through meaningful work in practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, cultural, social community and physical activities.