Lagniappe Montessori
   Children's Center
          619 Lee Street - Minden, LA 71055 - Phone 318.371.3737 - Fax 318.371.7787 - Email:           

Practical Life

The exercises in Practical Life are the  
heart of Montessori education. As  
children wash tables, pour liquids, polish 
silver, sweep and dust, they are developing 
the inner aptitudes of calmness, order, 
concentration, coordination, and fine motor 

Also, through the process of learning to 
meet their own needs,  to take care of the 
classroom environment, and to experience 
helping others, children in Montessori 
programs begin to develop independence, 
self-confidence, and self-respect.


Children learn to assemble, disassemble, 
and reassemble certain learning tools. This 
gives them practice in higher order thinking 
skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. 
It leads to mature questioning, research and 
true creativity when they reassemble in new 
ways. The youngest children in the environ-
ment catch the enthusiasm of the older ones 
as they make their discoveries and reach 
for more sophisticated materials, all the while 
enjoying their own pursuits and games.


The Montessori Language Arts curriculum is 
designed to enhance the students' skills in read-
ing, comprehension, writing and speaking and 
to provide connections with history, literature, 
science, math, and geography.


The Montessori Mathematics program consists of 
sequential exercises beginning with more concrete 
lessons and moving into the highly abstract. 
One fundamental goal of Montessori education is to 
stimulate the child's reasoning ability by develop-
ing the mathematical mind. The math presentations 
require the use of concrete materials to be man-
ipulated and explored until the child reaches the 
point of understanding.


Cultural Subjects

         In addition to the core curriculum, your child will be 
         engaged in activities that instill a lifelong love of sciences,
         history, cultures and the arts. Our school will be infused 
        with music of many varieties and peoples. Each year, 
        geography is studied in depth. Students learn about physical 
        and political geography,  people and flags of distant countries, 
        and the cultural  similarities that unite all people. Music, art, 
        architecture, and food are all part of the experience.  Science 
        lessons allow children to explore the world around them.  
        They are taught the scientific method and explore questions 
        like Sink or Float? and Which liquid has greater density?  
        Students conduct experiments that put their learning into 
        practice, and help them answer their questions about the world 
        in which they live.  They learn about astronomy, the class
        -ification of animals, parts of plants, leaves, and flowers, and 
        the parts of the body. 


Elementary Curriculum
We adhere to the Louisiana Department of Education standards and expectations for
each grade level. The following is a breakdown by discipline:
Kindergarten uses Balanced Literacy, and grades 1-4 use common core-aligned Pearson Reading Street.
Grades 5-8 reading classes revolve around novel units inspired by the state-suggested content which is adjusted
based on each individual student’s needs and abilities.

In Kindergarten-2nd grade, grammar is imbedded in reading units. 3rd-5th grades use Houghton-Mifflin, and
6th-8th grades use Prentice Hall.

K-2nd grade utilize Singapore Math and Calendar Math. 3rd-8th grades utilize Math in Focus texts from
Singapore Math.

Kindergarteners study science in thematic units. 1st-8th grades use Pearson Interactive Science. 3rd-8th grades
use a mixture of textbooks, online resources, and hands-on experiments. We currently hold a Science Fair for
4th-8th grades every other year which allows for students to move on to Regional and State Science Fair competitions.

Social Studies and History
Kindergarten Social Studies is also in the format of thematic units based on state standards. 1st-5th grades use
Pearson Social Studies curriculum based on grade level. Pearson is also used for 6th and 7th grades. 6th grade
studies early World History, 7th grade studies American History, and 8th grade studies Louisiana History. 3rd-8th

Social Studies are also a mixture of textbook and online activities. We hold a Social Studies Fair for 4th-8th grades
alternating with Science Fair. Students may have the opportunity to move on to Regional and State Social Studies
Fair competitions.

Additional Curriculum
In addition to the four core subjects, we provide instruction in Spelling (Words Their Way curriculum) and structured
Physical Education classes in 6th-8th grade.