Lad 'n Lassie Christian Montessori School

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Master Teachers

Dr. Celeste Walden Spence

* Directress

* Certified Montessori Directress

* B.A., M.A., EDD

Mrs. Judy Wilson

* Directress

* Certified Montessori Directress 

with years of pre-school teaching experience

Mrs. Nita Walden Zachow

* BA Elem Ed 
* Certified St. Nicholas Montessori Directress

Mrs. Anna-Lori Spence Kitchens

* Georgia Southern University 
* BA and MA from Augusta University in Fine Arts and Special Education

Mrs. Karla Anderson

* Substitute Teacher

* Northeastern

* University of Phoenix

* Mayo Clinic

Mrs. Kendra Englade

* Substitute Teacher

* BA Limestone College

See us on Facebook under Lad ‘n Lassie Christian Montessori School!

Visit us at 2103 Slash Court, NA (near Pisgah Greenway) or Call 706-830-1877 and speak to Dr. Celeste Spence, Owner/Directress.


Times and Other Information:

Lad ‘n Lassie School is open from 7 AM – 3 PM five days per week

Ages 2 - 5 years

Montessori 1 Classes are conducted 8:30-11:30 AM, 5 days a week, Mon. – Fri.

Montessori 2 Classes are 8 AM - 3 PM.

We follow the Aiken County Public School Calendar


$400 a month for Montessori 1 classes (8:30-11:30 AM)

$600 a month for Montessori 2 classes (8 AM - 3 AM)

Tuition is due the first school day of the month.

Snacks: 9 AM (We celebrate your child's birthday with cupcakes if you provide.)

Lunch is 11:45– 12:15 PM, Montessori 2 and Elementary children bring their lunches. The school provides juice or water.

Registration/ placement fee:

$50.00 is due with application to hold a place on the roll.

Montessori Elementary I

Hours: 8 AM – 3 PM Monday – Friday

Tuition: $600 per month or $5000 when paid first of the school year (August through May)

$50 Registration and $100 Book fee with Application

Entry: Children who are ready for first grade Montessori curriculum up through Grade 3.

(Child can read on a 3 letter phonetic level or is age six before September 1st).

Sample schedule

8:00 AM – 11 AM Bible, Language Arts, Geography

11:00 AM Recess

11:30 AM Math

12:15 PM Lunch (each child brings his own lunch)

12:45 – 3 PM Zoology, Botany, Music, Art, Dance, PE / 3:00 PM Dismissal

(Before school 7 – 8 AM is available at no charge)

Mathematics and Geometry: Learning numbers through the hands-on methods is a component of a Montessori preschool. Children are presented with beads, abaci and other tools to teach numbers, decimals and fractions.  Mathematical instruments include number rods, sandpaper numbers, colored and golden bead materials to teach counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.  

 Music and Art Lessons:  Children should use all five senses when learning about a new subject. Unique Montessori equipment like sound boxes, tactile tiles, olfactory bottles, taste lessons, blindfolding exercises help develop the senses. Lessons in music appreciation, singing, and art are taught by Mrs. Anna-Lori Kitchens. (B.A. in Fine Arts; M.A. in Special Needs)

Verbal expression is an important component of Montessori education. Children are encouraged to express their feelings and emotions, whether positive or negative, about activities in which they are participating. Not only is a child taught to use words to express himself, he is given the opportunity to tract and learn letter sounds (phonics). Sandpaper letter lessons are the initial steps in reading, spelling, and writing. Work packs and readers are sent home daily so students can share their academic progress with parents.

Montessori Environment

A Montessori preschool is well-organized with tasks laid out for children in advance (the prepared environment). The directress (teacher) works 1-1 with each child daily. The tasks, also called "work" are chosen by the student according to his abilities and interests. Work options include language, mat, biology, zoology, geography, practical life, home-living, sensorial development, books, games, puzzles, art projects, music, gardening, etc. When a child finishes his work, he must put it back on the shelf before he can choose another.


Lad 'n Lassie operates in the mornings for three hours. There is a period of time in which children conduct their own work independently by selecting activities of their own choosing followed by Circle Time with Bible study, prayer and several new lesson demonstrations. One on one lessons follow. Montessori encourages students to be self-starters and self-thinkers thereby able to make thoughtful decisions. Biology, zoology, and science are often taught on the outside by Anna-Lori Kitchens.

Montessori teaches children one-on-one. Sarah Nicholson (left) started 

reading on a 2nd grade level when she was only 3.