At the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF), we dedicate ourselves to Montessori principles in order to care for and provide an education in excellence to children and families from birth through age twelve. From our Parent Infant Program all the way through our Elementary classrooms, our highly trained and experienced faculty and staff offer developmentally appropriate education for children, and useful, inspiring information for parents. MSLF functions as a community that puts the needs of the children first, in service of Maria Montessori’s and our higher goal: an education for peace.
MSLF promotes and disseminates the educational principles of Maria Montessori. MSLF does not discriminate against students, applicants for admission, faculty, other employees, or parents on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, disability, or any other characteristic.
The Montessori philosophy creates communities of children in which each member is valued and respected. It is MSLF’s goal to place each child in the same group from year to year. To the extent possible, classes are balanced with respect to age, sex, and previous Montessori experience.
The curriculum at MSLF, based on Maria Montessori’s study of child development, is designed to maximize the development of children through prepared environments. Montessori trained directors conduct carefully planned lessons that children then carry out independently and repeatedly. Children are encouraged to build sensory-motor skills, socialization skills, high self-esteem, inner security, and abiding habits of concentration. Great care goes into preparing and maintaining classroom materials that are beautiful and inviting, and serve as essential components of the curriculum. Montessori pedagogy is over 100 years old and is practiced in nearly four thousand public and private schools in the United States, and throughout the world.
In this video from the American Montessori Society, parents share, in their own words, what makes Montessori education special. Go “beyond 2+2” and see the difference that Montessori can make in your child’s life.