Our program is focused on the development of your little ones. At 14 months old our children start in the Dolphin/Budgie room and most often leave us for Primary school at age 7 and a half.
We are excited to facilitate each stage, their growth makes us even more motivated each day.
We believe they deserve the very best and focus each day to make sure they have it.
Montessori Infant – Jellyfish – Pink room
In the LEMP bilingual infant program, our children are between 8 months and 14 months old. Each child is nurtured as a unique individual, encouraged to explore in a beautiful, safe, and orderly space with materials carefully chosen for their educational purpose and sensory qualities. A critical opportunity for development, these first years of life are an extraordinary period of cognitive and emotional growth, brain development, and language acquisition. Our infant Montessori-trained teachers form close bonds with the children, nurturing language and body awareness development through freedom of movement and exploration. Under their care, the children establish a strong sense of security and autonomy, laying a foundation for lifelong learning.
From birth, babies are marvelous learners, immediately investigating the sights, sounds, and feel of the world. In our classrooms, each child develops a sense of being a separate, independent self, which comes from being treated as an important individual.
Our Montessori curriculum provides infants with a safe, rich world full of opportunities for active exploration and enjoyment through hearing, feeling, touching, and moving. Their world at LEMP is filled with responsive interactions and language: many conversations with others, books (for even the youngest babies), songs, and lots of listening and responding to their vocalizations.
Early literacy activities in French and English enrich our infants’ daily experiences. The specially designed outdoor environment provides infants with a view of the real world via a fantastic array of sensory stimulation.
Our program is designed for comprehensive individual development at the child’s natural pace. Caring and learning are inseparable. Primary caregivers provide “on demand” care in an environment that maximizes mobility. A baby who feels safe also feels free to grow, move, and explore the surroundings. This provides an optimal opportunity to engage emerging physical, sensorial, perceptual, cognitive, and social skills.
“When parents (and adults in general) become aware of the special advantage children have in possessing such absorbent minds, they will certainly collaborate more in helping them to use it as much as possible. The human being can be looked at in many ways but when we consider the beginning of life it is really surprising to discover how the developmental process is supported by continuous care…” Maria Montessori
The toddler wants to be able to do things without assistance. To foster independence, the children are encouraged to do as much as possible for themselves. Toddlers are capable of so much if we give them the time and patience necessary for them to accomplish tasks on their time schedule. Toddlers at LEMP are provided daily with opportunities to meet their physical, social and emotional needs independently with a minimum amount of adult intervention. This is not to say that adult support is not given. The toddler teachers are ready to step in when the child needs help or encouragement. The curriculum includes activities that form the mathematical mind, activities that assist language development and lessons in grace and courtesy for social development.
Maria Montessori outlined various sensitive periods that take place over the course of each child’s development. During these periods of time, the child is especially interested in learning specific concepts and skills. At 2 years of age a special sense of order, a new capacity for deeper concentration, as well as improved coordination and strong independence are of special focus. This time is ideal to develop a child’s consistent academic experience in a Montessori school , as s/he is building the foundation for all her future learning and social experiences.
Caterpillars and Butterflies, Tadpoles and Frogs, Bunnies & Rabbits – Purple ,Green & White Rooms
These are our beautiful 3 to 4 and a half year-old students. They are groups that continually delight our community with their wit, quick questions and kindness.
Dr. Montessori called this stage of childhood “The Social Embryonic stage”- where children are particularly aware and sensitive to the atmosphere, behavior and routines created by the environments around them.
MORE THAN EVER THE CHILDREN WATCH THE ADULTS AND PEERS AROUND THEM FOR GOOD EXAMPLES OF MORALS, CULTURAL IDENTITY AND BEHAVIOUR.
Many aspects of the P,G & W Montessori classroom aid these attributes:
Inspired to bring Montessori Early Primary Schooling to Ghana, Little Explorers has adopted what is called Montessori Plus system.
It is still pure Montessori at heart, however it prepares the child to a swifter transition to a traditional primary school system.
The Montessori Plus system emerged in Indonesia in the nineties, where qualified and passionate Montessorians were faced with the difficulty of preparing their wards for the rigours of traditional primary schools.
Considering the shortage of Montessori schools in Ghana at primary level, when moving to the last 2 classes at Little Explorers (Orange Rooms – Lions & Jaguars & Red Rooms – Cheetahs & Tigers), pupils are introduced to a hybrid system that combines Montessori to other systems of education. Teacher-led tasks are increased and time structures become more rigid, but Montessori equipment and spirit is still paramount in the classroom.