Montessori Inspired Classrooms


Lightheart Children's House

Our very own Montessori-Inspired piece of heaven.

Mary Lightheart, our classroom name sake, is our 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 to our homeschool families during our Network Day schedule and look forward to utilizing this classroom more throughout the week as we prepare for homeschool support classes for kindergarten to 2nd grade students.


We are seeking sponsors to help us outfit our classrooms with needed supplies to begin bringing the full benefits of the Montessori methods to our homeschool community.

At this time, our Montessori-inspired classroom is offered during our Network Day schedule for students ages 4-7, with applicable resources shared to our preshoolers and 2nd-3rd grade classrooms and available by appointment Monday-Wednesday.

Elmdale Baptist Church has offered a generous DEDICATED SPACE in their Education Annex located at 1705 Ross Ave, just beside their main campus, to allow our classroom to expand. Amy Chiodo, under the mentorship of Mary Lightheart, works to train parents in using this space. 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 during the afternoon session 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 space can accommodate up to 36 children, enrollment will depend on the level of trained volunteer help. We work for a minimum of 1:10 ratios at all times, with 1:6 as our ideal structure for working with 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

$60,000 First Year's estimated salary for a full-time certified guide/mentor

Contact Amy Chiodo to arrange a tour, talk more about how your contributions could serve our community and/or to book a class with Amy in our classroom space.