In 2015-16, Lourdes Classical launched a Montessori program in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. The program includes Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), as well as a combined three and four year old Montessori equipped classroom. CGS is a beautiful program for children that helps them behold the riches of the Catholic faith from a young age.
How does Montessori Education fit into the Classical model?
The philosophy of Montessori education is to support students in their natural development of mind, body, and soul. This development happens through independent work sessions and a natural environment that enriches the students' love for learning. Both Montessori and Classical education seek to allow students to behold the truth, goodness, and beauty in the world as revealed to mankind through the Incarnation.
Montessori education also focuses on presentation, and this skill follows the students through to the rhetorical stage of the Trivium in Classical Education. Both Classical and Montessori education foster the students learning the art of observation and becoming equipped to think critically and objectively in finding the Truth.
Finally, both Montessori and Classical education are rooted in what comes naturally to children. The natural development of students in a Montessori classroom offers an excellent foundation for the natural progression of students through their years in a Classical School.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School is the only Catholic School in Colorado to offer both Montessori and Classical education in a truly Catholic environment!