Montessori Education from Lake Mary Montessori

Trash Free Lunches

Lake Mary Montessori Academy is focusing our efforts on becoming more environmentally friendly.  We have already begun recycling rain water, and we have added recycling cardboard, paper, and plastic here at the school.  This program will complement our science and nature curriculum as well as the peace curriculum.  Lunch is our largest trash generating activity here at the school creating a very large amount of environmental and food waste.

Need to Know

  1. Whatever your child brings to school will go home. This includes pre-packaged containers that create waste such as applesauce, yogurt, and juice containers.
  2. All unfinished food will be sent home so you will know how much your child is eating.
  3. We will not be using plastic cups at lunch or snack.  Your child should be bringing a water bottle everyday for use in the classroom and outside.
  4. Please provide a cloth napkin in your child’s lunchbox every day.
  5. Your child must have a spoon and fork available for them to use every day, regardless of the food that is packed for them.
  6. Every item you pack in your child’s lunch should be in a re-usable container labeled with your child’s name and not a plastic bag, tin foil, or plastic wrap.
  7. Please visit and put the school’s name in the comments section when you purchase any item.

Illness Policy

Lake Mary Montessori Academy
Illness Policy

Since antibiotics work only against bacteria and never against viruses, they have no or little effect on colds, flu, bronchitis and most sore throats.  Therefore, if your child does not look or feel well, our policy is for them to stay home until all the symptoms are completely gone.  Only then will they be allowed to return to school.  Remember to have your child wash his/her hands regularly and that rest at home is the best medicine.

 For your child’s welfare and that of the other

children and teacher(s), children WILL NOT be

 allowed to attend school with the following symptoms:


  • Yellow/Green nasal discharge.
  • A cough.
  • A fever. The child must stay at home for 2 days.
  • Diarrhea or loose bowels.
  • Contagious illness (i.e. conjunctivitis, flu, chicken pox, impetigo)
  • Head lice – until treatment is performed and all nits are removed
    (Treatment information is available in the school office)
  • Please be sure your child is picked up within 20-30 minutes after the teacher has called to inform you of your child’s illness.

A doctor’s note may be required to admit the child back into school for some illnesses.
All rashes must have a note from the doctor.
If your child has had a flu shot, please let your teacher or the office know so we can keep a record.
Please keep the office informed of any changes in your phone numbers.


Contact Us

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Lake Mary Montessori Academy
3551 West Lake Mary Blvd.
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
407-324-2304 (p)

Reading Log

Reading Log



Websites and Apps

Websites for Elementary:

Apps for Elementary –

Birds Nature Share Audobon

Trees Nature Share Audobon

Encyclopedia Britannica Kids – Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Aztec Empire, Volcanoes

Montessori Lite Animal Parts

Timed Test Math Arcade

Barefoot Atlas

Brain Quest

Candy Factory

Division Board

Early Jamestown


Geo Bee

Montessori Geometry

Grade 1 Math – Splash Math



Mobile Education Store – Sentence Builder, iSentence

Jungle Time

Mad Math



Motion Math


Multi Div – School Zone Interaction


Oregon Trail

Place Value

Montessori Plant Parts



Slice It

Solar Walk

Stack Countries

Stack the States

Stamp Game

Story Builder

Strip Design POW

Time Reading


U.S. Geo – Discovery Channel

Virtual Manipulatives – Fractions, Decimals, Percents

Websites for Primary:

Apps for Primary –

Montessori Lite – Animal Parts

Barefoot Atlas

Candy Factory

Division Board

Montessori Geometry
Grade 1 Math – Splash Math

Brain Quest

Jungle Time



Place Value

Montessori Plant Part

Slice IT

Solar Walk

Stack the States

POW! Strip Design


Additional Ideas for Home Activities for Primary:

1)      Cook with your children – introduce them to measurement in a hands-on approach

2)      Do fun, hands-on science experiments

3)      Go on nature walks (extension: ask them to draw/write about what they’ve seen)

4)      Explore local state parks

5)      Star gaze

6)      Visit the library regularly

Open House

We provide specific dates and times to review our school environment and give you the opportunity to see for yourself the magic of LMMA. Open House hours are Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please call ahead to schedule a personal tour. The following dates are for the 2019-2020 Academic School Year.

      • September 21st
      • November 2nd
      • December 7th
      • January 18th
      • May 23rd
      • June 6th

Lake Mary Montessori Academy
3551 West Lake Mary Blvd.
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
407-324-2304 (p)
If you are inquiring about our Academic Year, (Pre-K, Kindergarten, Lower and Upper Elementary Program), or our Summer Fine Arts Camp programs, please complete this short form and either email, mail, or deliver this form and we will get back with you shortly.We look forward to the possibilities that await you at LMMA!

More information about our Academic Year, (Pre-K, Kindergarten, Lower and Upper Elementary Program)

The Montessori Method 101

In the Montessori world, it is often said that “the materials are not the method”. Montessori education uses specialized learning tools, but without the proper guidance of a Montessori teacher, they do not produce results.  The classroom materials are put into place to assist the children as they participate in self-directed work.  Chilren are allowed to use materials only after their teacher has presented the lesson to them.

Some people mistakenly believe that a Montessori school allows a child to do whatever they wish, but that is not the case.  Instead, the Montessori method acknowledges that each child goes through a “sensitive period”, during which they are open to an optimum level of learning within a certain area.  For example, children in preschool are in a sensitive period for learning through their physical senses.  The work of a Montessori student allows a child to achieve what Dr. Montessori called “normalization”.  Normalization is a change from the young child’s usual short attention span and fantasy play.  The child easily becomes self-motivated, self-disciplined, and can peacefully socialize and collaborate while doing work.  You will not find any desks in a Montessori school; what you will find however, is a quiet peaceful environment where each student is working at their own pace and succeeding at their work.

Montessori schools teach all the basic subject matter you will find in a traditional public or private school setting, it is simply done in an alternative way.  A crucial pillar of the Montessori philosophy is that each child needs the freedom to develop to her maximum potential intellectually, socially, and spiritually.  Dr. Montessori recognized that the child’s full potential can be realized by self-motivated learning.  The Montessori environment is non-competitive, and results in a child who becomes a life-long learner.  The Montessori classroom is respectful, with both children and teachers speaking to each other in kind voices.  Unlike a public school environment, Montessori teachers don’t yell.  There are no bullies at our Montessori school; the children’s mutual respect leads to a classroom full of friends.

UN Model: Our Country is Algeria!

Carlos and Sam, sixth-graders from the Barry class, traveled to New York City with their teacher, Anna Gonzalez, to the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) from February 28th to March 3rd, 2010 .  Held in the United Nations Headquarters, the MMUN program is an opportunity for students to learn about current issues through real-life experience, as they participate in a simulation of the United Nations.

Model United Nations programs were originally developed for high school and college students, and have been in existence for over 50 years.  According to Gonzalez, The United Nations was reluctant to partner with schools for elementary and middle school students, as they felt these children would not be capable of the research, writing, and presentations required for the project.   Four years ago, after much convincing, Montessori students were invited to participate in the first Model United Nations for students ages 9 to 15.  This year, 772 Montessori students attended the MMUN, with Lake Mary Montessori Academy students attending for the first time.

Carlos, Sam, and the rest of the Barry class spent months preparing for the trip to New York city to represent Algeria in the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).  UNEP is "the voice for the environment," and is charged with keeping tabs on the global environment and bringing environmental issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.   The students act as delegates for their assigned country, defend their county's position, and finish by voting on resolutions.  They do all of this while wearing suits and sitting in their country's seats in the UN building.

According to Gonzalez, Model United Nations President Ed Elmendorf said that LMMA's students were the best he'd seen in four years the program has been in existence.  He said that Carlos and Sam's position papers and debating skills were superb.  The students presented Algeria's position to the rest of the Montessori student delgates, and voted on four resolutions.  Gonzalez said that her students were confident and well-prepared to speak in front of the large group.

LMMA students were joined by Montessori students from Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Jordan, The Dominican Republic, The Virgin Islands, The United States and Puerto Rico.

When they weren't at the United Nations, the students and their teacher went to American Museum of National History, The Empire State Building, Times Square, and The Statue of Liberty.  They had dinner at Grand Central Station and went Ice Skating at Rockerfeller Center.  Both boys said that one of their favorite parts of the trip was having a snowball fight in Central Park. For more information about MMUN, go to: