Choosing a School

Our WHY-WHAT-HOW-WHO checklists will help you compare Little Lyceum to other schools you may be considering:

Compare Little Lyceum to other preschools or daycares:

 

WHY does the preschool teach?

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

To provide a basis for self-actualization (not just socialization or just academics)?

To develop skills for independence and a strong academic foundation?

 

What does the preschool teach?

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

Scientifically designed, proven over a century -- used by 4,000 preschools?

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

Social skills -- known as "grace and courtesy"; understanding and respecting other's feelings, work, and personal space; communicating needs verbally?

Cognitive skills -- taught via Sensorial exercises -- such as concentration, careful observation, classification, and vocabulary development?

Language skills -- including vocabulary, pencil grip, phonetics, word building -- which can result in 5-year-olds writing in cursive and reading full books?

Math skills -- including counting, addition, subtraction, and multiplication into the thousands; fractions and geometric shapes and solids

Cultural subjects -- including arts, music, geography, and introductory science?

Executive function -- such as impulse control and the ability to complete complex, multi-step processes without adult help?

Quality outside play & gross motor skills -- in open-ended outdoor play areas?

 

How does the preschool teach?

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

Provide simple, one-on-one or group demonstrations tailored to each child's developmental readiness?

Offer a carefully structured sequence of educational materials, each of which teaches a specific lesson the child masters through voluntary repetition?

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

Offer freedom within limits, where each child can choose what to do -- and learns to respect the rules that make a benevolent classroom possible?

Create a carefully prepared environment, with quality child-sized furniture and an extended unstructured work period?

 

Who teaches?

In regard to teacher qualifications, does the school require Lead Teachers to have more than just the two Early Childhood units required by the state?

Hire only Montessori experts with a national MACTE-accredited certification (i.e., AMS or AMI)?

Provide strong support and guidance -- dedicated administrators and Head of School -- to develop teachers and communicate with families?