Learning At LOLMS
Infant Program (6 weeks – 23 months)
Love of Learning Montessori School is proud to be the first Montessori School in the state of Maryland to offer a Montessori Infant program. Through careful and loving observation, we make ourselves aware of the special abilities the children have within, and give them the freedom to grow and to become who they are supposed to be. The focus of the infant program is to foster the development of basic trust and to assist the emerging personality by supporting the developing sense of self as a unique and separate individual.
Toddler Program (24 – 36 months)
In a Montessori Toddler program it is important not to rush through snack, lunch and using the bathroom to get to the “curriculum” because these components are a vital part of the curriculum. The more skills the toddler can learn in these areas, the more we have helped him develop his independence. These and other self help skills are part of “practical life. Concentration is built by slowly lengthening or complicating exercises in all four areas of the Montessori Curriculum: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language.
Children’s House (3 – 6 years)
The Children’s House classes are designed for children ages 3—6 years and are divided into six curricular areas. Each child moves freely between these areas working on materials and concepts that call to him. As the child goes about his work, he is constantly exposed to other students doing different and often more challenging work, which in turn challenges him to make different decisions. The teacher guides each child individually. Conflict Resolution is modeled by the adults in the environment through the use of respectful words and, the search for mutually acceptable solutions. Children are given many opportunities to practice this peaceful problem solving.
Lower Elementary Program (6 – 9 years)
The Montessori curriculum for the elementary ages is called “Cosmic Education”. This cosmic education perspective emphasizes the interconnectedness of all of the curriculum areas so that students may find relationships and order in the world. It provides them with a foundation to develop both socially and academically. The elementary student is developmentally attuned to using his or her imagination as a wonderful learning tool. From this, they can realize their own place in the Universe, their individual responsibility, and their potential to enhance both the natural and cultural environments in which they live.