The Lodestar Montessori Preschool Environments
Our environments and outdoor spaces
Our bright, naturally lit and beautiful Keystone environment is located on the ground floor and overlooks the peaceful garden space. It houses the full range of Montessori materials.
Our attractive and well organised Polaris environment is located on the first floor and overlooks a lush balcony of plants . It contains the full range of Montessori materials.
The outdoors (front)
Our spacious outdoors (front) consist of various sports vehicles, a climbing structure for children to exercise their gross motor skills, a standing basketball ball hoop for practising their shooting skill and hand-eye coordination, a sandpit for creative play with sand toys and play area for exercise and games.
The outdoors (back)
Our spacious outdoors (back) consist of beautiful garden umbrellas and outdoor furniture for the children to relax amongst the plants. It also has a vegetable plot, flowering plants, herbs, fish pond and lily pots for the children to appreciate nature and do some gardening!
The Lodestar Montessori Preschool Prepared Environment
The 4 distinct areas of a Montessori (3-6) prepared environment
One of the first areas the child is introduced to is the Practical Life area. The Practical Life activities act as a link between the child’s home environment and the prepared Montessori environment. They are the exercises the child sees performed in the home environment even before the child comes to the Montessori environment. These exercises that care for ourselves, for others and for our environment make up the Practical Life exercises. The exercises reflect the culture that the child is in; so that by working with these materials, the child will be able to adapt to the local environment.
Our senses help us to understand our world; they act as “scouts” and are the pathways to intelligence. Senses gather information, but the brain processes and analyses the information as it is connected to every sense. Education of the senses is educating each sense to be aware of the smallest stimuli, thus increasing the sensitivity of each sense. The Sensorial activities allow the child to discriminate small differential stimuli and gives the child means by which he or she can order the mind. With refinement of the senses, the child learns to appreciate the world and this deepens the understanding of it.
When the child comes to the Montessori environment, the child already has the foundation of language. The Montessori guide helps the child to be aware of the sounds that make up the word. When the child becomes familiar with the symbols and sounds the letters represent, the child realises that thoughts can be expressed into symbols and transmitted to others. The child progresses from forming and reading phonetic words, to double phonogram words, to sight words, to simple phrases, and finally, to simple sentences. The Montessori approach is to help the child achieve reading, comprehension and appreciation of language.
Numeracy activities start when a child is approximately 4 years of age. It isolates and offers one difficulty at a time. The concept of numbers is abstract and depends on concrete experience. The Montessori approach gives the child concrete experience with the materials. Each material leads the child more and more into abstraction. The Numeracy area is divided into 6 main groups:
Group 1: Introduction to Numbers
Group 2: Introduction to Categories
Group 3: Introduction to Quantities
Group 4: Operations
Group 5: Abstraction
Group 6: Fractions
The Lodestar Montessori Preschool Programs
Details for the Montessori Primary & Enrichment Programs
We are pleased to offer the Montessori Primary Program for children from 3-6 years old and the Montessori Enrichment Program for children from 5-6 years old. Do note that the Montessori Enrichment Program is only open to children in the Montessori Primary Program.
The areas are taught using the Montessori approach, which includes one-to-one, one-to-few and one-to-all presentations.
The children work with the Montessori materials in the environment.
Duration of Programs
The Montessori Primary and Enrichment Programs run during term time. Each term spans 10 weeks. There are 4 terms in an Academic Year that begins in January.
The Montessori Primary and Enrichment Programs run for a duration of 40 weeks in an Academic Year from Monday to Friday, between 08.30-12.30 and 13.30-15.30 respectively.
We follow the local school terms and term holidays as given by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
The guides assess each child through their daily observation of the child at work with the help of the Montessori materials which have the ability to reveal a child’s understanding when working with them.
The guides maintain rigorous records of each child in the different areas.The guides meet with parents twice a year during Parent-Guide Conferences (PGCs) to give them a detailed Progress Report of their child in the different areas of development.
The Lodestar Montessori Preschool Admission Process
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure
Due to the nature of the Montessori Primary Program, we only accept children between the ages of 3-5 years old, i.e., a child can only enter our school at the Nursery 1, Nursery 2 or Kindergarten 1 level.
If a child enters at the Kindergarten 2 level, then the child must also register for our Montessori Elementary Program after completing the Montessori Primary and Enrichment Programs. Failure to proceed to the Montessori Elementary Program will result in the forfeiture of the Enrolment Deposit.
Steps for Admission
After the school visit and upon successful Entry Assessment of the Lead Montessori Guide, fill up the necessary documents and make payment of the Enrolment Deposit, Application, Term and Bus (if applicable) fees.
Scanned copies of the following are also needed for submission:
- Parents’ NRIC/DP/PR/EP and passports for non-NRIC holders
- Child’s BC/DP and passport for non-BC holder
- Child’s Health Records (if any)
- Child’s Educational Reports (if any)
Note: Please note that documents must be translated if they are not in English.
The Lodestar Montessori Preschool Program Fees
Montessori Primary & Enrichment Program Fees
- This fee is a one-time fee upon application and is not refundable.
- This fee is refundable when the child graduates or when the child leaves school provided a 1-month advanced written notice is served during term time.
Montessori Primary ProgramFee
- This fee is charged termly and is not refundable if the child leaves school during the term.
Montessori Enrichment ProgramFee
- This fee is charged termly and is not refundable if the child leaves school during the term.
Pathways after the Lodestar Montessori Primary & Enrichment Programs
Undoubtedly, parents wonder if their child is able to adapt to a traditional school after a Montessori education. The answer is, most definitely, a yes! A Montessori education is holistic in nature, addressing academic areas as well as social and emotional areas, thereby supporting the growth of the child at every stage of development.
Montessori children, who are citizens, are able to adapt fairly easily to the local schools. Montessori children who are non-citizens have the option to go to any International Elementary School, where again, adaptation is fairly easy; or they can continue their Montessori education in our Montessori elementary school – Lodestar Montessori School – where transition is seamless.
What differentiates Lodestar is a team of passionate, sincere and hardworking guides. The Lodestar team not only educates children but also parents. They conduct free workshops for parents which helps them understand Montessori concepts and shows them how to help their child develop himself to his true potential.
It astonishes us the way Montessori teaches academics. As a mother, I wish I could be as patient and as sensitive a caretaker of my children as the Lodestar guides. Looking back at Lodestar; putting Mihir in this environment was not just a unique educational experience for him, but also for us as parents. We feel the credit goes to the solid foundation he received from a Montessori education and we owe a ton of gratitude to the wonderful guides at Lodestar Montessori.
My son has been in Lodestar and I’ve witnessed him grow academically and socially. He has been able to forge his own pace in Math and English under the structured and patient guidance of his guide. When he first came to Lodestar, he spoke very little Mandarin, having returned from overseas but he can now comprehend, read and write fluently. The guides were also excellent observers of my son, providing accurate feedback and sharing how they took steps to make him feel safe, listened to, develop coping strategies and, as a result, he flourished.
To any parent who might worry if Montessori is not academic enough for K1 and K2, I would like to assure you that because of the concrete learning materials, and the freedom to progress, children learn much more (and remember more deeply) than they would elsewhere.
For his first year in New Zealand, Vishesh went to a mainstream Primary school in Auckland. There were a lot of changes around him such as living in a new country, arrival of his baby brother and having to attend a mainstream school. The strong foundation and strength in character built in him through his Montessori education helped him cope with these changes seamlessly. His primary school teachers appreciated his thirst for knowledge, and his love for learning without the expectation and anticipation of rewards. He was also appreciated for displaying kindness towards his peers and for showing resilience.
Later towards the end of 2018, Vishesh moved to Hamilton, New Zealand with his family. He now attends an Elementary Montessori School. He quickly adapted back into the Montessori system. The head teacher of the school even commented, “It feels like Vishesh never left Montessori!”