“Preparing Today’s Children to LEAP into Tomorrow’s Future.”
“LEAP” is kind of a funny name. Where does it come from?
L-E-A-P is acronym for “Leaders Exploring Aspiring Promise”. The name was thought up by Ms. Griffin when she was young and then later in college with a friend while they were thinking of fun ways to help children in their community. The name stuck and we love it!
What does “Authentic Montessori” mean?
There are a couple myths that should be cleared up. Not all schools that claim to be “Montessori” are the same. There is not a patent on the name “Montessori”. The truth is that 70% of the schools in North America that claim to be “Montessori” are not accredited and do not have Montessori trained teachers. The school might be very well intentioned and might be a good school, but the requirements for an authentic Montessori school are clear:
*All teachers must be Montessori trained for the ages and classrooms they are teaching
*All classrooms must be fully equipped
*Montessori materials must come from an approved manufacturer
*There must be a 3-hour uninterrupted morning work cycle and a 2-hour afternoon uninterrupted work cycle for children in the Primary classroom
LEAP adheres to these standards. We also choose one of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico to study and to visit each semester. We also enjoy dabbling in and exploring foreign languages and cultures as time and interest allow. While adding to the Montessori curriculum (within reason) is perfectly fine, it is not acceptable to simply ignore or not teach entire sections (Geometry and Botany are often overlooked). Please feel free to look at our curriculum when reviewing other schools.
How many children are in the school?
Right now, we have room for 46 children in the school. LEAP keeps to the following ratios:
*Toddler (Ages 18 months-3): 1:5 in the classroom
*Primary (Ages 3-6): 1:9 in the classroom
How do you fit the foreign language exposure around the uninterrupted two and three-hour work cycle?
The languages fit easily around the uninterrupted three-hour morning work cycle and two-hour afternoon work cycle because we do not interrupt them; we integrate them into the normal work cycle. Songs and musical instruments can also be enjoyed in any language and are a normal part of the Montessori classroom.
I heard you do a lot of field trips, tell me about this…
Yes! We LOVE to take the children (who are ready) to Popejoy for the age-appropriate shows for the Schooltime Series! We also look forward to our semi-annual trip to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then one of the Native American Pueblos. Being in New Mexico allows us easy access to our rich culture and (fantastic) museums and Bio Park. We also take the children to other places in the community to research what they are learning as time and interest allows.
If you have any other questions, feel free to Contact Us!
Tell me about FOCUS and your 5-star accreditation?
We are truly excited and thrilled to be a part of New Mexico FOCUS 5 Star Rating System. We have been involved with FOCUS for the past 3 years and to our knowledge, we were the fastest school to go from the (mandatory starting of) 2.5 to 5 stars, earning this recognition in 7 months. We are excited about working with the other Early Childhood Education and Preschools in the State of New Mexico with the common goal of raising the education standards for children all over the state.
This also means that in addition to our Montessori Progress Reports and Lesson Plans, that our teachers complete the addition tracking paperwork for FOCUS and are required to complete all of the required classes.