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 6 distinct 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.

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 08.30-16.00.

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 Montessori guide has 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 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 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, Physical Education

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Completion of course

Direct entry from Lodestar Montessori Preschool or Student assessment

24:3

Montessori Elementary 2 (ME2)

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

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Completion of course

Completion of ME1 or Student assessment

24:3

Montessori Elementary 3 (ME3)

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

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Completion of course

Completion of ME2

24:3

Montessori Elementary 4 (ME4)

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

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Completion of course

Completion of ME3

24:3

Montessori Elementary 5 (ME5)

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

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Completion of course

Completion of ME4

24:3

Montessori Elementary 6 (ME6)

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

Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Completion of course

Completion of ME5

24:3

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.

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

After the school visit and upon successful Entry Assessment of the lead Montessori guide, 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 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 a need and diversity scholarship to our existing Lodestar families, not exceeding 30% of the annual tuition fee based on the income of the family. The need and diversity scholarship is renewable annually. Please get in touch with the school for more details.

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.

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 until the birth of her chlid. She then 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

The Lodestar Montessori School Daily Timetable

Timing

Modules

Location

Guide

Full-time / Part-time

08.30 - 11.30

Mathematics, Geometry, English

Classroom 2

Sheila Ong

Full-time

08.30 - 11.30

Chinese

Classroom 1

Zhai Wei Wei

Full-time

08.30 - 11.30

Hindi

Classroom 1

Shweta Potdar

Full-time

11.30 - 12.30

Lunch

Classroom 1

12.30 - 14.30

Geography, History, Biology, Art

Classroom 1

Sheila Ong

Full-time

12.30 - 14.30

Music (1x/week)

Classroom 2

Ann Chue

Part-time

12.30 - 14.30

Chinese

Classroom 2

Zhai Wei Wei

Full-time

12.30 - 14.30

Hindi

Classroom 2

Shweta Potdar

Full-time

14.30 - 16.00

Physical Education

Park opposite school

Shawn Choo

Part-time

When we heard about Montessori in the elementary years, we were happy to send Kavya to Lodestar.

We are, at times, amazed by her organising skills, her love for animals, her interest in cooking and various other activities besides academics. We, as parents, have learnt a lot from the way our child is growing. Montessori has, in fact, helped us understand our child better! 

When our family relocated back to India, we found a Montessori elementary school for Kavya. She was able to adapt well with the new guides there. She finds Mathematics easier and pays more attention to Hindi, Telugu, Science and cursive writing now. Overall, I would say that Montessori has helped her holistically.

Karthik & Ramya

Parents of Kavya, Preschool & Elementary alumni

 School is fun, everyday we learn a ton! You give us freedom and time, that’s why we learn so fine!

I will miss school so much especially the times when we were together. I will miss the stories, the presentations and laughter. I am so sad that I have to leave Lodestar Montessori, but since, we are relocating back to India, I have to. It seems to me that time passed by so fast and now I have to leave.

To be honest, Lodestar Montessori is the best school I have gone to in my life. I really love my school!

 

Prarthana

Montessori Elementary 3, Elementary school alumni

Zephyr has developed a very balanced aptitude towards learning.

He is independent and very much disciplined towards various tasks. He enjoys vocational skills like cooking, cleaning, needle work, etc.

When he goes for interactions in the real world for practical work like shopping for school necessities, he has quietly grown in confidence.

In sports, he participates with joy and has a sense of fair play. Not being afraid of failure is a quality that has been inculcated in him with the Montessori method. This enables him to try out new activities without fear. I believe this is one of the greatest attributes of Montessori education.

Badruddin

Paternal grandfather of Zephyr, Elementary 4 student