Our Mission

Magic Lantern Montessori currently serves children ages 3 to 6 years in our full-day program and ages 2 1/2 to 5 years in our half-day program.

At Magic Lantern Montessori our approach to learning is child-centered. In order to encourage initiative and self-sufficiency, children choose by themselves the things that interest them within an inspiring, imaginative, but well-structured setting. The faculty and staff gently guide students toward their inherent talents and abilities. We focus on practical, hands-on learning experiences in the areas of science, math, language, and geography. The curriculum also highlights cooking, dramatic expression, music, movement, and arts and crafts, directed by teachers with special training in these fields. Our goals are to help build children’s self-esteem and nurture their development of social and emotional awareness about themselves and others. In the past year, our students have:

  • Experienced great artists like Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Jacob Lawrence. Children actively engage in lessons about artists and their art because they are fully are integrated into daily curricula, art projects, and even meals.
  • Cooked wholesome, vegetarian, often local and organic meals as part of the cooking program which is a vital aspect of the school day.
  • Explored the world around them through science, learning about sea creatures and oceans that are their home, watching chrysalis transform into butterflies right in the classroom and exploring the science of food, as well as their ABCs and numbers.
  • Developed an understanding of peace and our role as stewards of our community, while learning about the Civil Rights Movement and leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Dalai Lama.
  • Learned to love and nurture each other through words of kindness and a commitment by the school to create an environment that supports and embraces everyone.
  • Sung songs, danced, played games and played outside almost every day, rain or shine, in the covered play area.

Equally strong as our commitment to children is our commitment to community. Parents are an integral component in helping ensure that our mission is accomplished. Parents are responsible for supporting the ongoing administration and management of the program via committee participation or by taking on specific duties. Your child’s experience at Magic Lantern will be enhanced by your involvement in our community. Just as we seek to provide a nurturing environment for our children, our goals are to interact with one another with respect, acceptance, empathy and the recognition that we each have a valuable contribution.

What is Montessori?


In 1907, Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician, developed an educational philosophy based on observing how children learn and how they teach themselves. The Montessori philosophy is used in education all over the world, with children from birth to adolescence.

Montessori education emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from many possibilities. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. Montessori classes typically group children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones.

Activities (referred to as “work” or “works”) are arranged according to subject area, and children are free to move around the room instead of staying at desks.

Magic Lantern Montessori classrooms include traditional Montessori work time, circle time, art time, free play (both outdoors and in), and other community activities, as well as time for snacks and lunch (in the Full-Day and Morning classrooms).