Lodestar Montessori School

at 24 Jalan Selaseh, Singapore 808444

 

Lodestar Montessori School caters to children from 6 to 12 years of age. Learn more about what we have to offer.

 

 CPE Registration No.: 201622133Z
Registration Period: 21/12/2020 to 20/12/2024

 

Program DetailsFee Details

The Lodestar Montessori School Elementary Environment

Our environment and outdoor space

Classroom 1

Classroom 1 is a spacious and conducive learning space of 62.80 square metres. It can accommodate 40 children.

Classroom 2

Classroom 2 is a beautiful learning space with an area of 50.58 square metres. It can accommodate 33 children.

The outdoors

The well-equipped park outdoors consists of a climbing structure, swings, an exercise corner and a basketball court.

The Lodestar Montessori School Prepared Environment

The areas of a Montessori (6-12) prepared environment

Geography

Geography is the field of knowledge that studies the Earth as the home of humans. Geography includes all the categories of scientific study like Chemistry, Physics and Geology plus all the historical processes whereby humans have transformed the earth. Children see that human beings live their lives against a geographical background. They discover that everything: plants, animals, human beings, all become part of one whole, and that everything follows a law given to it by Nature. Following that law, each performs a task maintaining the Earth. Presented in this way, the children begin to understand the why and how of the world.

History

The history of human beings is the history of a creator and innovator. People have both spiritual and physical needs. They have used the freedom of their creative mind to master their environment. They are a part of nature and, at the same time, beyond nature. The consequence of this is an increasing dependency on other people, rather than directly on nature. The exploration of History springs from keys presented by the guide, followed by activity and experience that then leads to further exploration and research along other lines, since knowledge, according to our world view, is connected in a web-like fashion.

Language

Language provides the cognitive fluidity necessary for knowledge of different domains to be connected. Language has structure and order, yet also mystery. It has a seemingly infinite capability. It can inspire and enthuse; it can also degrade and demean. Our task as adults is to help children develop both their facility with this great tool and a sense of responsibility towards its use. The children learn the history of language, grammar, tenses, writing, reading and literacy appreciation.

Biology

Exploring Biology, the nature of living things, is essential to Cosmic Education because all living things are cosmic agents. The Biology work as a discipline must reflect the philosophy of Cosmic Education: putting children in touch with all the cosmic agents and their cosmic tasks, the work they do unconsciously for the whole.

Geometry

‘Geometry’ means ‘measure of the Earth’. The environment and our world is full of geometric shapes. Children are always experiencing Geometry, be it consciously or unconsciously. Geometry is the foundation of much of the work that human beings have done in creating the supranatura. It reflects human beings’ understanding of nature.

Numeracy

Numeracy is part of the world and the universe. It is the basis of the functioning of the universe. Its language is the only one that scientists have found that can accurately describe the phenomena they are studying. Numeracy is also a part of human reality, of building, transport, cooking, clothing, and art. To be able to explore the universe and the achievements of people to the fullest, one has to be able to use Numeracy.

Practical Life

Practical Life does not stop when the child reaches the age of 6. Elementary children utilise the skills they have built up during the preschool and sew, knit or cook for the community. Rendering service is also an aspect of Practical Life work. To do a service for the environment, for another individual, for the school as a whole, or for someone outside of the school is to be considered a valid choice of work.

Mandarin

Learning Mandarin is a continuation of learning the language in the preschool and involves conversational Mandarin, as well as, writing, reading and comprehension of Chinese characters. Through learning Chinese, the children learn about Chinese traditional festivals and customs, culture, art, famous historical figures and stories. Mandarin is used prevelantly in Singapore and being able to understand and speak it enables the children to settle down comfortably within their society.

Hindi

Hindi is an important language to pursue as a large proportion of our elementary children are from India. Through learning Hindi, the children learn about Indian traditional festivals and customs, culture, art, famous historical figures and stories. They learn conversational Hindi, as well as, writing, reading and comprehension of the written word.

Music

Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.Plato

Music has been a part of the lives of early human beings and it is still very much a part of the lives of modern human beings. Music is, in fact, a spiritual need of human beings. The children are formally introduced to music and its notation through the Montessori Tone Bars and the piano.

Going Out

Going out is an essential aspect of the Montessori elementary environment, responding to the important needs of the elementary children. The elementary children need the two-fold environments of the protected and limited indoor environment plus the virtually unlimited outside environment. If the children are to develop from egocentric members of the family to citizens of society, they must go out to that society and find out how it works, what it offers, and how individuals serve the greater whole.

Physical Education

Physical education is an important aspect of the elementary children’s school life as they are at the age where they are stronger and healthier than their preschool selves. They are more venturesome and daring, ready to go out and try physically challenging things. Scrapes and bruises are ignored as the children take on an appearance of toughness.

 

The Lodestar Montessori School Elementary Program

Details for the Montessori Elementary Program

Montessori Program

We are pleased to offer the Montessori Elementary Program which consists of the Montessori Cosmic Education Plan for children from 6-12 years old.

Cosmic education helps children to be aware that everything in the universe is connected and interdependent. It starts with the 5 great stories which give a brief yet stunning overview of the universe, life, humans, language and numbers.

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 Elementary Program runs during term time. Each term spans 10 weeks. There are 4 terms in an Academic Year that begins in January.

The Montessori Elementary Program runs for a duration of 40 weeks in an Academic Year from Monday to Friday, between 08.30 to 16.00.

We follow the local school terms and term holidays as given by the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Assessment

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 child also keeps a daily record of their work, learning to use their time responsibly in the process. Additionally, the full-time guides have regular 1-on-1 conferences with each child to ensure the child is on-track with his/her own learning and to check on his/her emotional well-being.

The full-time guides meet with parents twice a year during Parent-Guide Conferences (PGCs)  to give them a Progress Report of their child in the different areas of development.

The Lodestar Montessori School Daily Timetable

Timing

Courses

ME1-ME6 (Modules)

Location

Guide

Full-time /

Part-time

08.30 - 11.30

Mathematics, Geometry, English

Classroom 1/2

Sheila Ong

Full-time

08.30 - 11.30

Chinese

Classroom 1/2

Zhai Wei Wei

Full-time

08.30 - 11.30

Hindi

Classroom 1/2

Shweta Potdar

Full-time

09.30 - 14.30

Going Out (2x/wk)

Outside School

Florence Lim

Part-time

11.30 - 12.30

Lunch

Classroom 1

12.30 - 14.30

Geography, History, Biology, Art

Classroom 1/2

Sheila Ong

Full-time

12.30 - 14.30

Music (3x/wk)

Classroom 2

Ann Chue

Part-time

12.30 - 14.30

Chinese

Classroom 1/2

Zhai Wei Wei

Full-time

12.30 - 14.30

Hindi

Classroom 1/2

Shweta Potdar

Full-time

14.30 - 16.00

Physical Education

Classroom 1/2,

Park opposite school

Florence Lim

Part-time

The Lodestar Montessori School Elementary Program Details

Course Name

Modules Offered

Course Duration

Course Graduation

Course Eligibility

Student:Guide Ratio

Montessori Elementary 1 (ME1)

Geography, History, Biology, Mathematics, Geometry, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Music, Art, Going Out, Physical Education

Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Completion of course

Direct entry from Lodestar Montessori Preschool/Eager Kids Montessori or Student assessment

24-35:3

Montessori Elementary 2 (ME2)

Geography, History, Biology, Mathematics, Geometry, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Music, Art, Going Out, Physical Education

Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Completion of course

Completion of ME1 or Student assessment

24-35:3

Montessori Elementary 3 (ME3)

Geography, History, Biology, Mathematics, Geometry, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Music, Art, Going Out, Physical Education

Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Completion of course

Completion of ME2

24-35:3

Montessori Elementary 4 (ME4)

Geography, History, Biology, Mathematics, Geometry, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Music, Art, Going Out, Physical Education

Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Completion of course

Completion of ME3

24-35:3

Montessori Elementary 5 (ME5)

Geography, History, Biology, Mathematics, Geometry, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Music, Art, Going Out, Physical Education

Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Completion of course

Completion of ME4

24-35:3

Montessori Elementary 6 (ME6)

Geography, History, Biology, Mathematics, Geometry, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Music, Art, Going Out, Physical Education

Jan 2023 - Dec 2023

Completion of course

Completion of ME5

24-35:3

The Lodestar Montessori School Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria and Admission Procedure

Eligibility

Due to the nature of the Montessori Elementary Program, we only accept children between the ages of 6-8 years old, i.e., a child can only enter our school at the Elementary 1 or 2 level. Priority is first given to children coming from Lodestar Montessori Preschool and Eager Kids Montessori, then next to children coming from Montessori backgrounds, and finally, to children coming from non-Montessori backgrounds.

Do note only children with Dependent Passes or who are Singapore PRs are eligible to apply for admission.

Children who are Singapore citizens need to comply with the Compulsory Education Act (Cap 51) which was passed by Parliament on Oct 9, 2000 and assented to by the President on Oct 16, 2000. It provides for compulsory primary education in Singapore and related matters.

“According to the Compulsory Education Act, a child of ‘compulsory school age’ is one who is above the age of 6 years and who has not yet attained the age of 15 years. A child of compulsory school age born after 1st January 1996, and who is citizen of Singapore residing in Singapore, has to attend a national primary school as a pupil regularly, unless he/she has been exempted from compulsory education, e.g. a child with special needs, a child attending a designated school or a child receiving home-schooling.” (Compulsory Education Act, Cap 51)

Steps for Admission

Fill up the book-a-school-visit form. The school will arrange a Zoom meet with both parents. After the Zoom meet, if the parents’ and school’s expectations are aligned, a school visit will be scheduled.

After the school visit and upon successful Entry Assessment by the full-time guides, fill up the necessary documents and make payment of the Application and relevant Instalment fees.

Scanned copies of the following are also needed for submission:

  • Parents’ and Child’s Passports
  • Parents’ and Child’s NRIC/DP/PR/EP
  • 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 School Program Fees

Montessori Elementary Program Fees

A Montessori education is a gift to your child and an investment in your child’s future. Although we would like to assist families-in-need and offer a Montessori education to every child; however, our resources are limited. We offer need and diversity scholarships to new and existing Lodestar families, not exceeding 35% of the annual tuition fee based on the income of the family.

Lodestar scholarship eligibility is established every year the student applies for and receives scholarship aid which is guaranteed for each year of their study. Need is determined with information from a fair and reasonable assessment of a family’s financial strength. The other criteria is the number of siblings (or other household members), the financial assets of both student and parents and the diversity that the student brings to the school community. Please get in touch with the school for more details.

The Lodestar Montessori School Academic and Examination Board

The Academic Board is responsible for the academic quality and rigour of the school.

The Examination Board is responsible for the development of examination and assessment procedures.

Anjum Husain

Anjum graduated from BITS, Pilani, India with a BE (Hons) in Electronics and Instrumentation. She worked in the semi-conductor industry for 6 years after which she discovered Montessori and went on to complete her 3-6 training with MMI, Singapore; and subsequently, also completed her AMI 6-12 training at Montessori Training and Research Institute, Hyderabad, India.

Sheila Ong

Sheila worked in the Finance industry, having graduated from Aberystwyth University in Wales, U.K. with a BSc (Hons) Accounting & Economics degree. After some years in the private and public sector, she discovered Montessori and made a career switch. She did both her AMI 3-6 and AMI 6-12 training at Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, India.

Kelly Loh

Kelly holds an AMI diploma from the Montessori Institute Northwest, USA. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Oregon, USA, and a Master’s of Education from Loyola University, Baltimore, USA. Kelly has worked in the early childhood industry since her academic graduation.

The Lodestar Montessori School Organisation Chart

Pathways after the Lodestar Montessori Elementary Program

Undoubtedly, parents wonder what happens after the Montessori Elementary Program and the schools their child can go to.

A child can apply to go to any International Secondary School; and, as any incoming child, would have to go through the respective school’s entrance tests. The topics covered in Montessori’s Cosmic Education is equivalent, and in many instances, exceeds the range of topics covered in other Elementary programs.

With a Montessori education, where focus is on holistic development, a child is well prepared to face the challenges ahead.