Choosing a School

Compare Little Lyceum to other preschools or day cares

 

WHY does the preschool teach?

Does the preschool have a clearly defined, explicit educational goal?

We provide a basis for self-actualization, not just socialization or just academics.

We develop skills for independence and a strong academic foundation.

 

What does the preschool teach?

Does the preschool have a clearly defined, proven developmental system?

The Montessori approach is scientifically designed, proven for over a century. It’s used by 4,000 preschools.

We offer Practical Life skills such as self-care, food preparation, pouring, and sorting which also systematically develop gross and fine motor skills.

We nurture social skills, known as grace and courtesy; understanding and respecting other's feelings, work, and personal space; and verbally communicating needs.

We foster cognitive skills taught via sensorial exercises such as concentration, careful observation, classification, and vocabulary development.

We develop language skills including vocabulary, pencil grip, phonetics, and word building which can result in 5-year-olds writing in cursive and reading full books.

We hone math skills including counting, addition, subtraction, and multiplication into the thousands; fractions and geometric shapes and solids.

We encourage cultural subjects including arts, music, geography, and introductory science.

We advance executive function such as impulse control and the ability to complete complex, multi-step processes without adult help.

We cherish our quality outside play and gross motor skills development in our open-ended outdoor environment.

 

How does the preschool teach?

Does the preschool have a clearly defined, proven approach to teaching?

We provide simple, one-on-one or group demonstrations tailored to each child's developmental readiness.

We offer a carefully structured sequence of educational materials, each of which teaches a specific lesson the child masters through voluntary repetition.

We provide self-correcting, fascinating materials so children will repeat activities out of sheer interest, while learning at their own pace.

We offer freedom within limits, where each child can choose what to do and learns to respect the rules that make a caring classroom possible.

We create a carefully prepared environment, with quality child-sized furniture and an extended unstructured work period.

 

Who teaches?

Does the school require lead teachers to have more than just the two Early Childhood units required by the state?

We hire only Montessori trained lead teachers with a national MACTE-accredited certification from either AMS or AMI.

We provide strong support and guidance with dedicated Montessori trained administrators driven to develop teachers and encourage on-going professional development by paying for additional training.