An authentic Montessori school serving children from infancy through the elementary years. In January 2016, LePort joined forces with the Boyd School in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties to continue the tradition of offering authentic Montessori to local families.
The Boyd School has been offering a high-quality Montessori program since 1994, and we are delighted that its founders have chosen us to continue their legacy. Between now and the start of the 2016/17 school term in August, we’ll be operationally integrating the seven Boyd School campuses into the LePort family of schools.
Mission: Spreading the transformative power of Montessori is a necessary piece of bringing about enduring, widespread change in education. Guidepost's mission is to implement a platform that enables any school to pursue a path to become a quality Montessori school, with high standards for excellence. Bringing Montessori to the mainstream isn't easy. It means making the Montessori approach irresistible to communities who may never have heard of it before. There is a need to reveal this complex, nuanced, beautiful method to the world in a way that is clear, compelling, and accessible.
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What is the 3 hour work cycle?
"The three-hour work cycle is a child’s special time to himself. He is choosing work for himself, learning to problem solve and self-motivated toward bigger work. He is not driven to please anyone, only the desire to maximize the time he has to enjoy his workday, which fosters discipline, confidence, and reflection. "
Read more: https://guidepostparent.com/three-hour-work-cycle
Honoring our heroes, especially on this day of remembrance.
Want to learn how Montessori learning is implemented in a Toddler Classroom? Learn more by joining an information session this Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Register to Join: https://guidepo.st/td-ch-overview
Your baby is trying new things all the time. Each time your baby practices a new skill, and then masters it, they strengthen the sense of confidence that will stay with them throughout their lifetime. Even your tiny baby imitates others, and can begin to take small steps towards independent self-care. Your Montessori guides will gently support your baby to learn to do things for themselves, striking just the right balance between making your little one feel safe and loved, and identifying the right moment to encourage them to try something new. Guidepost Montessori at Aldie is now enrolling our Nido (infant) program. Call us to learn more at 703-542-5522!
So much critical development occurs in the period from birth to age three. We're grateful to be able to maintain small cohorts of Infants and Toddlers, and to see them flourish in community with wonderful friends during this time. Space in our Nido and Toddler programs is available now. Contact us if you're still looking for a warm and loving environment for your child!
Physical in the context of COVID comes with great worry for us as adults, for many reasons. There are new protocols for the parent and educator that are noticeably different – like dropping children off for the day outside of the building and seeing most school community events run virtually for now. However, when you consider the child’s experience in a Montessori classroom, it is actually quite familiar and normalized. It is physically distanced for developmentally appropriate reasons: treating them as capable, respecting their autonomy, and promoting concentration. Check out this informative article on our Guideblog!
guidepostmontessori.com Montessori classrooms lend naturally towards today's physically-distanced precautions, but not because of the pandemic – rather, for purposeful reasons rooted in the 150-year-old Montessori Method.
Who was Maria Montessori? In this presentation from our teacher training, we explore this pioneering woman's remarkable journey to develop a revolutionary pedagogy for educating children.
Who was Maria Montessori? In this presentation from our teacher training, we explore this pioneering woman's remarkable journey to develop a revolutionary pe...
Happy 150th birthday to the incredible Maria Montessori!
Today is a day to celebrate her life and the impact she has had on so many children and adults world wide. This video commemorates her 150 years with 150 reasons we love carrying out her mission!
We'd love to see in the comments how Montessori has impacted your family.
Today, August 31st, 2020, we're celebrating Montessori's 150th birthday with 150 reasons why our parents love her radical approach to joyful, early education.
Help a fellow parent?
Our children are adjusting beautifully to wearing a mask when working inside with their friends and are learning to put them on and remove them properly and keep them over their nose and mouth. Luckily, we have tons of opportunities to get outside for breaks! This is required for our Elementary (Grades 1-6) program, and is optional but supported and encouraging for our younger students.
Of course this new normal is not without its challenges such as keeping track of and taking off masks, finding masks that do not muffle little voices too much, etc. We would love it if you would drop your tips, tricks, favorite patterns or places to order, etc in the comments here to help your fellow parents!
Meet Guidepost Montessori at Aldie's administrative team: Melissa Kemendo and Stephanie Windwehen. This week marked the beginning of their fourth consecutive school year together and they would love to talk with you about why they love our school so very much, and why you probably will, too!
Melissa and Stephanie both began their Montessori journeys as Assistant Guides many years ago: Stephanie as an Upper Elementary assistant at a Montessori school in Georgia, and Melissa as a Children's House assistant in Colorado Springs. Both have taken on a variety of different roles since those initial experiences: Stephanie applying her degree in studio art and her MEd in teaching art and Melissa earning her Montessori certification and founding a Montessori parent co-op and microschool.
Both Stephanie and Melissa are Montessori parents as well. Stephanie's oldest child, now in the Children's House, started at our school in the Nido program where her baby brother now spends his days. The youngest of Melissa's three children moved up to the Lower Elementary community this year after having started in the Toddler community at our sister school in the 2016-2017 School Year and her older two are in their third and fifth years of elementary respectively.
Stephanie looks forward to eventually adding a Montessori teaching credential to her MEd and Melissa, who holds a BA from UMass Amherst with a concentration in Early Care and Education Administration, is wrapping up her final months of American University's Master's in Education Policy and Leadership program.
You can reach both Melissa and Stephanie by emailing [email protected] or calling 📞 (703) 542-5522. They would love to talk with you about how our accredited Montessori programs can help your child reach their fullest potential!
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Everything is better with a friend! Refer a friend to join one of our in-person campuses and you BOTH get $500 tuition credit after their 30th day!
Tag a friend below and let them know why you love Guidepost!
In this right-sized environment, the Montessori practical life exercises allow a child to perform real-world, purposeful tasks that your child can choose and complete independently. Your child will become an important contributor to their community, and practice tasks over and over to achieve mastery, building confidence and self-esteem. This gives rise to a naturally self-reinforcing process: the more they try, the more they succeed. The more success they feel, the more confident they become. The sense of accomplishment that a child feels each time they achieve something new (something that grown-ups do, too!) builds the foundation of self-confidence that they will carry with them throughout their life.
Learn more at https://guidepostmontessori.com/aldie/programs/
What about social distancing?
Our Montessori classrooms are very large and children are encouraged to respect each other's personal space, using the work rugs or a table to help visually define their space. This has been a part of our prepared environment even pre-Covid.
Want to learn more about our Montessori infant program from the comfort of your home? Join us tomorrow at 3pm for a virtual information session about our Nido Program! Register on our website at guidepostmontessori.com/aldie/events
Are you still deciding about sending your children back to school this fall? One of our Guidepost parents gives her personal account on what coming back to school has been like for her family.
Still have questions? Join our next health and safety event - guidepo.st/health
Our infant and Toddler Guides are extraordinary! You can join a few of them, along with our admin team on Zoom tomorrow, Saturday at 9:30 am EST. Come with your questions about supporting your newborn to three year old's development and nurturing their burgeoning independence. Our team is happy to share their knowledge and experience! Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUudeGgrjgoGt3Ud_5h0ndDGOA--k_FP8G5
Did you know that Guidepost Montessori at Aldie has Montessori programming for Infants through Elementary? Learn more about each of our programs in one of our program overview sessions! Register for upcoming events on our website at guidepostmontessori.com/aldie/events
Calling all educators! We see the immense heart and soul you pour into the students especially now that we are all adapting our normal operating procedures in response to Covid-19. Allow us to show our appreciation with a special promotion for teachers, school staff, and universities! Call us today to learn more - 703-542-5522
There's never been a better time to become part of the Guidepost Family! Join today - guidepostmontessori.com/aldie
Starting in 30 minutes! Our Virtual Open House begins at 10 a.m. Register here!
"The Great Stories serve as the backbone of the elementary curriculum. There are five of them that encompass the major areas of inquiry — including geography, history, biology, language, and mathematics, which includes geometry. They are typically told in the first weeks of school and repeated each year to highlight their importance."
Read more about the Great Stories:
Maria Montessori deeply understood the great power of storytelling across cultures when devising her method for the elementary child.
guidepostmontessori.com Maria Montessori deeply understood the great power of storytelling across cultures when devising her method for the elementary child.
Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
We are so excited to announce that our Northern Virginia schools have been chosen as the 1st place WINNER for the Best Childcare/Daycare Center category and 2nd place in the Best Montessori School category!
We are thrilled for our schools to achieve the recognition for their dedication and excellence!
🎉 Congratulations to the following campuses 🎉 :
Guidepost Montessori at Aldie
Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands
Guidepost Montessori Chantilly
Guidepost Montessori at Herndon
Guidepost Montessori at Reston
Guidepost Montessori at Fairfax
Guidepost Montessori at Montclair
Join us: guidepostmontessori.com
The Kindergarten year is a time of growth, leadership, and making connections! This 5 year old combined several prior lessons to complete this model of the continent globe:
- tracing and pin punching the continents (fine motor skill, pencil grip/pre-writing)
- tracing and cutting a circle (fine motor skill)
- puzzle maps (geography)
- land masses and water
- sewing (fine motor skill)
- geometric solids (as he stuffs it to make it 3 dimensional)
- focus and concentration on long, detailed works
If you are looking for the best choice for your rising Kindergartener for next year, now is the time to check out what we can offer and join our wait list!
We are offering both on-site and virtual options for the fall to meet you at your level of comfort while never compromising on the quality of the education your Kindergartener will receive in this milestone year!
The Montessori Multiplier: A Keynote by Our CEO
At Guidepost Montessori, we're driven by a deep desire to bring about widespread change in education. To meet the needs of today's students and to bring about true progress in the world around us, we need an education model that fosters independence and develops competent, capable, action-oriented thinkers. We believe that the key to education reform lies in modernizing and mainstreaming the hugely impactful Montessori pedagogy.
Hear more from our CEO in his keynote speech: The Montessori multiplier - https://youtu.be/BAMfns4ocB0
At Guidepost Montessori, we're driven by a deep desire to bring about widespread change in education. To meet the needs of today's students and to bring abou...
One of the most exciting things about working with toddlers is watching them begin to interact, play, and socialize with their peers. To learn, children imitate the adults around them, establishing patterns of social behavior that will stay with them throughout their lifetimes. Because children move freely in their Montessori classroom, they have lots of opportunities to interact with other children.
Our Montessori guides help children learn positive social interaction through specific lessons in “grace and courtesy.” Rather than constantly correcting your child’s behavior from a negative perspective, children are instead shown what to do in each situation. Courteous interactions are modeled, capitalizing on the toddler's delight in imitation. Lessons in grace and courtesy help your toddler to navigate his world with confidence and consideration for others.
Still looking at summer options for your Elementary child? Limited spaces are available in our on-site Elementary Summer Program. Call or message us today!
guidepostmontessori.com Guidepost's elementary program is a unique mixed-aged Montessori community, with 1st through 6th graders taking part in intensive student-led project-based learning and developing the independent thinking skills within a rich social and academic framework.
Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands
Frederick Douglass, the great American abolitionist, criticized Abraham Lincoln’s willingness to balance the issue of the abolition of slavery, on which he himself granted no quarter, against the preservation of the Union. When Lincoln eventually issued his Emancipation Proclamation, Douglass (though critical of how long it took to do) was unabashedly enthusiastic, calling the document the "most important of any to which the President of the United States has ever signed his name."
Douglass's essay on the Lincoln's Proclamation, an important work of American history, is worth revisiting on Juneteenth. https://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/4406
Juneteenth honors the Proclamation—and calls upon us to have the courage of those who helped eradicate slavery as we face the work that remains in addressing its causes and consequences.
Exploring the relationship of parent, child and teacher during the time of virtual and/or hybrid style learning brought on by COVID-19.
Whether you’re currently enrolled in one of our campuses or brand new to our network, our at-home learning platform aims to partner, to empower, and to guide you during your child’s first plane of development (0-6). We believe, as parents, that it truly takes a village. https://guidepostmontessori.com/aldie/programs/guidepost-at-home/distance-learning-0-6
eschoolnews.com Research shows us that children need rich and frequent oral language experiences in their younger years to set the foundation for long-term learning. Storytelling, pretending, asking questions, and…
Montessori for Military Families: Military Child Care In Your Neighborhood
The majority of military families we surveyed report that Montessori is key to a positive learning experience, aligning with core values of independence, resilience and structure. Learning is truly individualized, allowing our guides to meet each child where he or she is—academically, socially and emotionally. Most importantly, when you enroll with a Guidepost, you join more than a school. Our staff is driven by a culture of community that partners intentionally with parents, bridging the child’s journey seamlessly from classroom to home—even if, and especially when, home is transient.
Military Fee Assistance
Guidepost Montessori at Aldie is honored to pursue partnership with Child Care Aware of America as an off-base provider of the Dept. of Defense fee assistance program, Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood. This fee-assistance program supports families in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and DOD by off-setting early childhood costs for ages 0-5. School-aged children up to age 13 may be eligible for financial support with before and after-care costs.
Learn more at https://guidepostmontessori.com/programs/military#intro
guidepostmontessori.com Military Child Care In Your Neighborhood.
Guidepost Montessori at Aldie is proudly reopening on Monday, June 1st, 2020. We're delighted to once again be offering our Montessori programs to all families with the utmost attention to all health and safety standards set by both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health departments—and we're going beyond them.
Administrative staff complete wellness checks and daily health screenings and follow regulations regarding infection control practices including:
As our community navigates re-opening of business, our team will continue to share all updates to our process to ensure safe, joyful learning this summer and beyond.
For families that are not quite ready to return, we are offering a variety of distance learning options for summer and for the 2020-2021 school year.
Family Framework (ages 0 - 6) - Create days full day of meaningful work using our activity banks and Montessori resources, including suggested schedules and routine. Additional 1:1 support provided by our Parent Concierge, plus access to parent webinars, articles and our online parent community.
Elementary Album - Our full elementary curriculum offered online that can be implemented in your home, at your own pace. Lessons are complete with everything your child will need to complete the work as well as suggestions for related follow-up work.
Elementary Summer Program - Classes run from June 1st–August 7th. Class sizes are no fewer than 5 students. Each is led by the same Montessori-trained teachers (we call them guides) who run our elementary classrooms. Both half day and full day options are available.
Elementary Distance Learning (for the 2020-2021 school year) - Children can join a welcoming, collaborative peer community in their time zone on weekdays from 9 am to 3 pm (or similar). Small group lessons are balanced with engaging independent work. In our virtual classrooms, elementary students will receive lessons from one of our trained guides that are customized to meet their level of needed challenge, as well as an ongoing assessment of their progress.
Next Steps: Visit https://guidepostmontessori.com/aldie for more information or to schedule a tour.