Montessori Inspired Classrooms

(working towards AMS certified classroom)



Starting Sept 10, 2020

Welcome Mary Lightheart as a new Network Day Montessori consultant and parent/teacher trainer! Thank you for your generous support in handing down traditions of the Montessori philosophy of honoring the light of children. We are blessed to have you in our community.

We are thrilled to make available some of the beautiful tactile lessons of the Montessori classroom complete with the many years experience of our certified Montessori guide, Mary Lightheart. We are seeking sponsors to help us outfit our classrooms with needed supplies to begin our AMS (American Montessori Society) certification and bring the full benefits of the Montessori methods to our community.

We look forward to providing a sampling of what we hope will become a full time resource classroom for all NWA Families providing quality materials for a multi-sensory approach to learning.

At this time, our Montessori-inspired classroom is offered during our Network Day schedule and by appointment only.

Elmdale Baptist Church has offered a generous DEDICATED SPACE to allow our classroom to expand. Amy Chiodo will be leading classroom, under mentorship of Mary Lightheart, as she works towards certification. We welcome and encourage parents to come and work alongside their child.


10:00: Gathering Time - We'll enjoy simple songs, read alouds, and provide a chance for "show and tell/presentation" type sharing activities. This is also the time any new/special materials are introduced and children learn how to use and care for the item(s). 

10:30 - 12:00: We will have "centers" containing many hands on activities in language arts, writing/cursive, math/math games, science/nature studies, US history, geography, sensorial lessons, general art featuring hand craft/art projects and practical living skills available. After a general "training period" working in small groups, children are free to choose where they will work each day and encouraged to try new lessons.


Special themes are brought into the classroom to help simplify the amount of materials packed in and out. Children are encouraged to complete activities and lessons from each center at every class.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! While this classroom can accommodate up to 40 children, enrollment will depend on the level of volunteer help. We work for a minimum of 1:10 ratios at all times, with 1:8 as our ideal structure for working in smaller groups.

SPONSOR OUR CLASSROOMS: $100,000 Fundraising Goal:


$35,000 Complete Primary Classroom materials and furniture for ages 3-6

$45, 000 Complete Lower Elementary materials and furniture for grades 1-3

$20,000 First Year's Estimated Rent and Utility Fees

Contact Amy Chiodo to arrange a tour and talk more about how your contributions could serve our community.

To DONATE NOW, please click here.