The Lyceum was the school founded by the Macedonian philosopher, Aristotle, in 335 BCE. Here, he and others lectured in the mornings according to a pedagogy differing strongly from his teacher Plato in that he believed learning was best accomplished from the bottom up rather than the top down--abstractions from concretes, through cooperative research rather than lecture and argument. In short, he believed that learning was an individual process of discovery in which difficult abstractions were pieced together from direct experience in the real, concrete world, and not vessels to be filled with abstract wisdom, poured in through lecture and argument.

At Little Lyceum Montessori, we apply Aristotle’s approach to learning to the young children in our care. As Montessori believed, “what the hand does, the mind remembers,” and through our carefully chosen didactic materials, and unobtrusive, observant, directors and directresses, the child, with independent mind and chosen purpose, will find the world unfolding before him. With “cooperative research” between the child and adult, the child will not “learn” so much as discover the nature of the world in which he lives.
Aristotle’s followers were called Peripatetics, due to his tendency to “walk” while he “lectured”. We hold, as Aristotle did, that children are not disembodied minds or empty vessels, but are equal parts body and mind and should be treated as whole, integrated individuals, absorbing through the senses of their bodies and forming concepts through the application of reason to the information they gather in the world.

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Mr. Gordon Studied Psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver and studied Montessori at the Montessori Educational Center of the Rockies. He is a strong advocate of the Montessori Method and a fan of classical education generally with an emphasis on choice in the classroom, outdoor education, and increasing the use of executive function. He also likes orange juice and goats.

 


  Mr. Shane (Manager) spends his time putting his extensive construction background to work building tree houses and burying treasure chests as well as keeping Little Lyceum in Tip Top Shape.

 

Mr. Shane (Manager) spends his time putting his extensive construction background to work building tree houses and burying treasure chests as well as keeping Little Lyceum in Tip Top Shape.

   

 

 

Ms. Elizabeth (Director) has been involved in Montessori education for many years. When her own

children were young she made sandpaper letters for them in her home environment, and read library

books about Montessori education. She integrated Montessori activities in her work as a preschool

teacher. Some of her children were enrolled in Montessori preschool and elementary school. At this

time she audited two years of primary level Pan American Montessori Society training taught by Dr.

Meadows while simultaneously enrolled as a full time student in an elementary teacher preparation

program at the University of California Irvine. As part of the preparation for her elementary teaching

credential she completed two years of field experience in public elementary level Montessori classes.

Later she worked in a small school as an elementary teacher, with a focus on Montessori practices.

In 2010 Elizabeth completed AMI Montessori training for children from birth to three years at the

Montessori Institute in Denver in coordination with completing her MA of Education degree in

Montessori education at Loyola University Maryland in 2012. After completing her AMI certification

and MA of Education degree she worked with families in home environments, and also worked in a

Montessori school as a toddler lead teacher before starting to work at Little Lyceum Montessori in

2015. After working with the toddler classes at Little Lyceum Montessori she opened the infant class

in 2016.

As the Director of Little Lyceum Montessori, Elizabeth supervises the Lead Teachers in all classes.

She strives to improve activities and materials as needed, and provides supplemental coaching

based on her AMI (Association Montessori International) training. Elizabeth's AMI training and

experience at the infant and toddler levels, as well as her experiences in Montessori primary and

elementary classes, enables her to provide guidance to the Little Lyceum staff as well as to parents.

She has had years of experience working directly with families, including working with some children

who have special needs. Parents in home and school environments have been very pleased with the

sincere and helpful advice she has provided.

Aristotle (Boss) Currently serving as CEO of Little Lyceum Montessori on Evenings after 6pm and weekends. After he finished his graduate studies in Applied Philosophy at Plato's Academy in Athens he served as a project manager on a small private dairy farm.  Disappointed with the Platonic Ideal as applied to education, he chose to Co-found Little Lyceum Montessori with Mr. Gordon in 2010. His leadership in education is inspired by his fundamental premise that, "Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all."

Aristotle (Boss) Currently serving as CEO of Little Lyceum Montessori on Evenings after 6pm and weekends. After he finished his graduate studies in Applied Philosophy at Plato's Academy in Athens he served as a project manager on a small private dairy farm.  Disappointed with the Platonic Ideal as applied to education, he chose to Co-found Little Lyceum Montessori with Mr. Gordon in 2010. His leadership in education is inspired by his fundamental premise that, "Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all."

Play-Dough (Actual Boss Who Does All The Work While Aristotle Is Golfing)Little Lyceum Montessori's new COO for evenings and weekends is well known as the founder of The Academy in Athens as well as the author of The Republic of Sweet Feed. His hope is that we teach with the continual realization that "the direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life."

Play-Dough (Actual Boss Who Does All The Work While Aristotle Is Golfing)Little Lyceum Montessori's new COO for evenings and weekends is well known as the founder of The Academy in Athens as well as the author of The Republic of Sweet Feed. His hope is that we teach with the continual realization that "the direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life."

Socrates (Bean Counter)Now serving as CFO of nights and weekends at Little Lyceum, Socrates is pleased to bring his quiet wisdom and experience as the father of western philosophy to Little Lyceum to help us remember that "education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."

Socrates (Bean Counter)Now serving as CFO of nights and weekends at Little Lyceum, Socrates is pleased to bring his quiet wisdom and experience as the father of western philosophy to Little Lyceum to help us remember that "education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."

  Ms. Lilla, (Chief Administrator) a former veterinary technician manages the office, does battle with the mountains of paper work all while guiding the thoughtful care of our growing menagerie of school pets.

 

Ms. Lilla, (Chief Administrator) a former veterinary technician manages the office, does battle with the mountains of paper work all while guiding the thoughtful care of our growing menagerie of school pets.

Mara Cortona(Office Administrator) studied for her Early Childhood Montessori credential at the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute in 2014, and holds a degree in child development. But her experience with Montessori education began long before, in her childhood home, with a Montessori-trained mother. She has spent six years working in Montessori schools in Nebraska and in Colorado, and she is a perpetual student of Montessori philosophy and methodology. Primary-aged children ceaselessly amaze and delight her with their awakening conscious minds, and she feels immensely lucky to have been "chosen" by this work. Mara has a one-year-old son who attends Little Lyceum's toddler program, and she spends nearly all of her free time reading in her expansive home library. She also enjoys rock and ice climbing, skydiving, and swing dancing.

Mara Cortona(Office Administrator) studied for her Early Childhood Montessori credential at the Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute in 2014, and holds a degree in child development. But her experience with Montessori education began long before, in her childhood home, with a Montessori-trained mother. She has spent six years working in Montessori schools in Nebraska and in Colorado, and she is a perpetual student of Montessori philosophy and methodology. Primary-aged children ceaselessly amaze and delight her with their awakening conscious minds, and she feels immensely lucky to have been "chosen" by this work. Mara has a one-year-old son who attends Little Lyceum's toddler program, and she spends nearly all of her free time reading in her expansive home library. She also enjoys rock and ice climbing, skydiving, and swing dancing.

  Ms. Erica (Lead Toddler Directress) is originally from a small town in Texas has been living in Colorado for the past 10 years. She has 3 children of her own. She studied Montessori at Montessori education center of the Rockies in 2013. She has 8 years of experience of working with children and speaks Spanish.

 

Ms. Erica (Lead Toddler Directress) is originally from a small town in Texas has been living in Colorado for the past 10 years. She has 3 children of her own. She studied Montessori at Montessori education center of the Rockies in 2013. She has 8 years of experience of working with children and speaks Spanish.

 

We're located centrally in Denver, CO near Sheridan & Mississipi.

800 S Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80226


303-568-9325
mail@littlelyceum.org