Message to families
We welcome the opportunity to address this parent's concerns! Our schools are true to the Montessori approach, which allows children ample stretches of time to become engrossed in their activities, without interruption. One of the guidelines in a Montessori classroom is that children receive an individual lesson from the teacher before working with a particular material. This individualized approach sets children up for success by ensuring they encounter new materials as they are interested in and developmentally ready for them, and that the children know how to use the materials correctly, to gain from them the intended concept or skill. We invite parents to visit our Lake campus and observe the children's work period for themselves. What you will see is children who are self-motivated to choose from an array of fascinating activities, who are concentrated on their work, and who interact peacefully and courteously with one another. You might also see them taking a break between activities by observing other children's work (they learn a lot that way!) and perhaps by looking at the various shelves to see what sparks their interest next. A child who has difficulty choosing will gently be offered limited choices by the teacher. Our YouTube videos and brochures all contain actual footage from our classrooms and playgrounds, but again, we love to meet parents in person and have them see for themselves! When you visit with us, we hope you have the opportunity to meet our staff. We couldn't agree more that what makes a school great is its teachers and leadership. Lucia Tompkins is Lake campus's loving and wise leader. She has been an integral member of LePort's team since 2007, and brings with her decades of Montessori experience. As well, all of Lake's head teachers have undergone rigorous AMI Montessori training, and I believe you would be hard-pressed to find a group of more caring, dedicated, skilled, and compassionate educators anywhere else.