Lagniappe Montessori
   and
   Children's Center
 619 Lee Street - Minden, LA 71055 - Phone 318.371.3737 - Fax 318.371.7787 - Email: charleneannwilliams@yahoo.com  
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     We are proud to announce that Lagniappe Montessori and Children's Center is licensed as a Type 1 Center and regulated by the
Louisiana Department of Education..


PRIMARY/ELEMENTARY
CURRICULUM
The Primary Class

     Our primary classes are for children ages 2 through 5. Classrooms are equipped with child-sized furniture and shelving designed to fit
the needs of all the children. Rooms also contain a full range of Montessori materials along with special additional materials to enhance
children’s learning experiences and to assure kindergarten readiness. Lead teachers have Montessori teaching certification from North
American Montessori Center, and all teachers and assistants are trained in Montessori methods. All classrooms meet the standard teacher-
student ratio so as to ensure that each child’s specific educational, social, and emotional needs are addressed. A child is eligible to enter a
primary class upon potty-training or at 2 years of age.

This program runs from August to May, but summer care is also available. We offer full-time as well as some limited part-time options
which are as follows: 3 full days, 5 half days, or 3 half days. Hours of operation for this program are 6:45 am-6:00pm.

Elementary

    We currently offer grades K-8. Teachers are state certified and hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Education. We take monthly
educational field trips that parents are welcomed to attend. We also travel to the public library every other week to participate in
programs and check out books of interest. Our classrooms are multi-grades, and each have certified teachers and assistants. Each
grade is limited to 10 students at this time.

    This program follows the Webster Parish School Calendar. Meals and snacks are included in monthly tuition. Our school day is
from 8:00am-2:50pm, but before and after school care is optional and an additional cost. We follow Louisiana Department of
Education guidelines concerning suggested days/minutes of instruction.


After-School Enrichment

   
    We offer after-school enrichment for students in grades K-8 at Lagniappe Montessori or from the following schools in Webster
Parish: Phillips Elementary, Jones Elementary, Richardson Elementary, Central Elementary, Lakeside Jr./Sr. High, and Glenbrook
School. We pick students up from these listed schools using 11-passenger vans and a school SUV. This program is supervised by
certified teachers and includes homework help, inside and outside recreation, snacks, and arts and crafts. This program follows the
Webster Parish School Calendar. Lagniappe students who participate in this program may be dropped off as early as 6:45am.
Pick-up time for all after-school students is 6:00pm or earlier.

Summer Care

     Summer care is available for all Lagniappe students as well as our after-school students. Tuition is the same for this program as for our
primary classes during the school year. There are limited part-time spots in this program as well, and there is a separate registration fee for summer. 

Program Description

     Full Time: Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

     Part Time: We will have a limited number of part time spaces available.
     - 3 half days
     - 3 full days
     - 5 half days

A Comparison of Traditional Preschool
to Montessori Preschool
TRADITIONAL PRESCHOOL
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Rigid Curriculum
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Progresses at teacher’s pace
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Constant guidance by teacher
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PRIMARY/ELEMENTARY
CURRICULUM
Non scientific
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Much role-play and fantasy
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Random placement - not necessary to return to a
specific place
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Teacher decides what the child has to learn
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Teacher-centered environment
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Use of reward and punishment in motivation
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All children are treated alike
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Play materials for non-specific skills
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PRIMARY/ELEMENTARY
CURRICULUM
Rigid rules not to move furniture and to sit in
designated places
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Silence is on many occasions enforced

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Focus on imparting maximum quantum of knowledge
MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL
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Flexible curriculum
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Allows the child to learn at own pace
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Child free to discover on his own
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Scientific method of teaching
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Reality orientated
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Specific places for materials - sense of order

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Child chooses activities according to inner needs
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Child-centered learning environment
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Self-education through self-correcting materials
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Recognition of sensitive periods in each child
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Multi-sensory materials to develop specific skills
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Liberty to move about self and furniture

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Liberty to speak (without disturbing others) as child
pleases
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Focus on developing the child’s wholesome
personality