Children's House

The Children’s House program at Lake Country School serves children ages 3 years to 6 years in three multi-age classrooms. Each of the three classrooms has two Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) trained teachers, typically called “guides.” The program is five days a week—mornings for the younger children, and all day for the oldest children. There is an extended day program available by contract before and after school.

Research on the development of the brain has borne out Montessori’s observation that young children are particularly sensitive to learning from their environment through the power of what she called “the absorbent mind,” which can take in everything that is offered. Concrete materials in the classroom guide the children by offering them keys to the world and allow them to work at their own pace. In a Montessori program children construct themselves through meaningful work in practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, cultural, social community and physical activities.

  • Practical Life Activities

    Practical Life Activities

    These carefully prepared activities include many of the tasks children observe as part of the daily routine of their culture, such as carrying objects, pouring liquids, preparing foods, fastening clothes, washing hands, washing dishes and cloths, polishing shoes and furniture, and taking care of the environment. Through these tasks, children refine their muscular coordination and develop their powers of concentration by learning to work at a task from beginning to end.

  • Sensorial Activities

    Sensorial Activities

    Using materials Montessori developed to help children learn accurate information about physical properties of the environment, each piece of sensorial material isolates one quality, such as dimension, color, weight, texture, shape, smell or sound.  Because children of this age absorb the world through their senses, experience with the sensorial materials provides the foundation for both physical and mental activities that enable children to refine all of their senses, including vision, small motor movements, hearing, and speech in preparation for learning.

  • Language Activities

    Language Activities

    The young child is receptive to language in all its forms—spoken and written language, the language of mathematics and music, and a second or third language. Our first emphasis is on oral language development through naming objects in the environment, giving scientific classifications to leaf shapes and parts of animals, in geographic place names and in abundant conversation. The children first learn the sounds and symbols sensorially with the sandpaper letters and then begin to construct words with moveable alphabets. After acquiring sufficient experience with oral language and individual sounds, they explode into writing and reading. The broad range of cultural materials expands the child’s oral and written language experience in such areas as art, music, science, history, geography, and French.

  • Mathematics


    The Children’s House program promotes the child’s innate mathematical ability in its early stages of development. In the Montessori environment, children learn and understand the concepts of math by manipulating concrete materials that are designed to isolate a concept and prepare the child for later abstract reasoning. The development of the mind and body are integrated as the child uses number rods or carries units for the change game. The goals of the program are the association of quantity and symbol, introduction to the decimal system, computation skills, and confidence in using numbers in everyday life.

  • Cultural Activities

    Cultural Activities

    Art, music, science, geography, and French are carefully integrated into the whole learning experience. The classroom environment responds to the children’s natural curiosity with living plants, animals and hands-on materials that are part of the classroom. Children are encouraged to share projects or natural objects such as flowers, leaves or stones, or things from other cultures or times.

  • Social Community

    Social Community

    In a Montessori classroom, children are in the process of discovering who they are and through lessons of Grace and Courtesy learning how to live well in a community. Older children are responsive to the needs of the younger children, and younger children learn to seek help from their more experienced classmates. Children may choose to work alone or with others. This balance between freedom of the individual and the needs of the group is fundamental to all our environments and is the foundation for self-control, responsibility, respect and independence in the Children’s House.

  • Physical Education

    Physical Education

    The variety and independence of the activities in the Children’s House emphasize physical movement, which is fundamental to how children learn. Children have the opportunity for play outside or in the gymnasium daily. They experience and explore locomotive and non-locomotive movements through cooperative games, rhythms, yoga, and outdoor work.

Mission Statement

Lake Country School is a Montessori learning environment that fosters independence, critical thinking, and creativity within each child. We are a community that promotes diversity and inclusion, as well as respect and responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.

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Minneapolis, MN 55409
Phone 612.827.3707
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