Individualized study plans

Every week, our teachers create an individual plan of study for every student. The plan outlines both teacher lessons and student work. Students have access to their plans, so that they can work at their own pace, checking off tasks as they are completed. Each child’s response to a lesson is unique and their individual work reflects those differences. While one child may need more time to develop language skills, another may need more time to develop math skills. Our teachers support each child’s plan of study by meeting with them regularly to assess and plan progress.

Education for our rapidly changing world

The traditional education system was designed during the industrial revolution when the masses moved into urban areas to work in factories. It was an effective method for training generations of factory workers. Children were instructed to memorize and regurgitate facts, to stop working when the bell rang, to sit in nice, neat rows of desks and to ask for permission to move. This model of education is not relevant in our modern world. Today, successful people work on projects, not factory lines. They are rewarded for creating things rather than following orders, and they are expected to adapt quickly to change within their profession, rather than working at the same job for 50 years. LMMH uses a teaching method that has been proven to develop some of the brightest minds of our times and will effectively develop the movers and shakers of tomorrow. We believe in evolving as our world does, so that we can meet the needs of our students.

Superior French immersion

Our French immersion students speak French all day long, except during music, art and physical education classes. Your child will emerge from our French immersion program able to write and converse in French. While that might seem like an obvious outcome, it’s not the case in other French immersion programs. That’s because traditional classrooms are made up of large groups of students focusing their attentions on a single teacher. The children spend a lot of time listening. In our Montessori classrooms, French immersion students interact with their teacher on a one-to-one basis, conversing in French the entire time. They also participate in regular interactive group work, speaking French with their peers throughout the day. We know that children learn only through repetition. Our students use the French language constantly and, as a result, they are better able to absorb it. It becomes a natural part of who they are and how they interact with others.

Positive attitude towards learning

Our approach ensures that students maintain a positive attitude about the learning process. Our staff members create a strong sense of community. We treat students with respect and ask that they do the same for others. Your child is not expected to pay attention to a teacher standing in front of a class of 30 children. Rather, our teachers pay close attention to your child, fostering a trusting relationship in which the teacher understands and respects him. We eliminate the competitive factor of grades and teach with a goal of developing a child’s full comprehension instead. Our children learn without the use of external rewards and gold stars. Instead, our teachers provide verbal and written feedback that affirms students’ best efforts.

Forward thinking

Our world doesn’t need more test-takers, memorizers or followers. We need critical thinkers, entrepreneurs and people who can get things done. LMMH prepares students to meet the future with confidence and enthusiasm. Propelled by the gifts of self-knowledge and passion for learning, our students are ready to take on the challenges of our rapidly changing world.

Meeting the child’s needs at each phase of development

During the first four years of life, a child is learning to talk while experiencing a “sensitive period” for language.  At no other time in his life will he tackle language with such persistence, energy, independence and intelligence. At certain times in life, a child will show an equivalent passion for order, precise movement, coordination and for learning words and numbers. At LMMH, we support children in their development, providing age-appropriate encouragement. Our toddler program helps children to develop their gross-motor skills, vocabulary and independence. The toddler room is a warm, nurturing environment with a low 1:5 teacher-student ratio. Our Casa program nurtures individual development within the context of a group setting. Children emerge with social, emotional and academic skills and the ability to function within a group. The Casa classroom is designed to meet the needs of children who are at a critical stage in their lives—with a once-in-a-lifetime ability to absorb information and concepts. Read more about our toddler and Casa programs. Our elementary program meets the needs of children during a period of abundant personal growth and change. Students move toward a high level of independence, self-direction and comfort within a group. They learn to recognize and appreciate other people’s strengths and challenges and feel a positive sense of belonging. Many high schools now offer a specialized focus on arts, sports, music or business. We help children find their strengths and interests early on so they can choose the appropriate high school when the time comes. At the end of our Montessori elementary program, your 14-year-old will be ready for the transition to high school. His elementary school experiences will have helped him to develop as a unique individual. He will be familiar with the challenges and rewards of working with a group of children of different ages. He will have developed academic proficiency and be looking forward to new learning opportunities. His skills will help him to easily assimilate into high school, university and career.

Creating critical thinkers

We believe in engaging children’s minds. Rather than having students memorize and regurgitate facts, we focus on project-based, hands-on learning. From an early age, we discover a child’s interests and build on them. Our children form critical thinking skills by generating their own ideas and solutions in response to reading, lessons and projects. These critical thinking skills prepare them for life and serve them long after they leave the walls of academia.

Montessori philosophy

Compared to students in traditional school settings, our students have significantly more input into how they are taught and how they learn. We respect and support their natural learning styles and preferences. We believe that learning is a social process and our mixed-age groupings support each student in applying himself in a unique way to a group experience. With their own passions guiding them, children are open to input from the teacher that helps them refine their reading, writing, reasoning and research skills. Our mixed-age groupings mean that differences in ability and achievement are expected, preventing comparisons and competition. We present lessons in small groups to children who are ready for them regardless of age. Each child is free to review or repeat a lesson until they have mastered the concept. At LMMH, we help each child to develop fully into the person he or she was destined to be. Just as you make every effort to ensure that your home is loving and safe, we ensure that your child feels secure and well-adjusted, with respect and support at each step in his educational journey.