Welcome to Jun Zi Lan (君子兰)Montessori School. We provide a year-round, authentic Montessori education using a Chinese/ English immersion model for children between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 6 years. There are two lead teachers in the classroom. One teacher is a native Chinese speaker, and the other teacher is a native English speaker. Montessori tells us that children readily absorb the world in which they live.  In our environment, children will have the opportunity to grow and learn in both languages.

Jun Zi Lan is a plant that flowers every three years, paralleling the three-year cycle of an authentic Montessori education. It takes time and patience to wait for a Jun Zi Lan to bloom, but the blossom is dramatic and sturdy. Those described as being a Jun Zi are people who are courageous, courteous, honorable and noble yet humble. We are inspired to develop these cherished characteristics of Jun Zi in our students.

Jun Zi Lan Montessori School is a community dedicated to developing respectful, self-motivated, life-long learners. Through a challenging, individualized curriculum, children are guided and encouraged to achieve their full, unique potential and to become active, successful participants in the global community.

Jun Zi Lan implements a fully integrated dual- language education.  For all students, during their most formative years, Jun Zi Lan introduces a deep understanding and appreciation of Chinese philosophy and culture as a complement to American philosophy and culture.  For American born Chinese children, Jun Zi Lan is a tool kit to help strengthen their cultural roots. For non-Chinese children, Jun Zi Lan affords a unique and powerful international exposure.  All students acquire a foundation for seamless bilingualism and genuine biculturalism.

We aim to form a strong partnership with parents to create a trusting and loving learning environment that blurs the boundary between home and school. Parents are welcomed into the classroom on several formal occasions during the year and always at other times when requested.

Schedule

Full Day

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 3:00pm.

Before & After Care

Before Care: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 8:30 am
After Care: Monday – Friday, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Daily Routine

7:30 am: School opens.

7:30 am – 8:30 am: Before School Program (optional). During this time the children will be able to use a variety of materials independently.  Sometimes children bring their breakfast to school and begin their day with us by enjoying their meal with friends.

8:30 am – 8:45 am: Arrival. Due to traffic patterns in our area, drop off is done using a car line.  Details are part of your enrollment packet.

9:00 am – 11:30am: Independent work cycle. Teachers give individualized lessons throughout these work sessions. Children are free to choose any activity they wish, use as long as they want, return it to the shelf, and make another choice.

11:30 am – 12:00 noon: Group lesson.  The Lesson will be given in Chinese and then repeated in English.

12:00 noon – 12: 45pm:  Lunch. The children will wash their hands and sit down to enjoy their lunch with their friends and teachers. We encourage you to prepare a well-balanced lunch box, including protein, grain, fruit and vegetables, dairy, and a healthful drink.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Playground.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Rest and children’s literature time.

2:45 pm – 3:00: Clean up and dismissal.

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Free choice and enrichment program.

5:30 pm: School closes.

Our Teacher Leaders

Dr. Sandra Lee

Founding Jun Zi Lan Teacher Leader

A mother, an educator, a mentor, and a good friend.

Dr. Sandra Lee holds a diploma in Spanish, a BA in Chinese from Shuchow University in Taiwan, and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University, and an AMS certified primary Montessorian.

She has eighteen years’ experience as a lead teacher at Harborlight Montessori School in Massachusetts, USA. In addition to teaching in the classroom, she also served as Director of the World Language Department, where she coordinated the Spanish and Chinese programs for all students ranging from toddlers through middle schoolers (from 2000 to 2018).
Sandra is a teacher trainer at the Montessori Institute-New England (MI-NE) and the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center (NEMTEC) in Massachusetts, USA. She is also an international teacher/parenting educator in Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Singapore and Mainland China.

She is a devoted mother of two children, both of whom received a Montessori education, and are now attending college as of 2019.

Jing Su

Founding Jun Zi Lan Teacher Leader

A mother, an educator, a community builder, and a good friend.

Jing Su has over a decade of experience as an energy strategy consultant and a company executive. Deeply rooted in both US and Chinese culture, Jing has been a strong advocate and practitioner for US-China collaboration.

She received her master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. She is an American Montessori Society (AMS) certified Montessorian, trained at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center.

She has a 5-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son as of 2019. Her husband is a practicing physician in the Boston area who is also a firm believer in Montessori pedagogy. Our family’s motto is “Think positively and positive things will happen.”.

Kari Crawford

Jun Zi Lan Teacher Leader

A mother, an educator, a community builder, and a good friend.
Kari Crawford grew up in Vermont and received her BA at Siena College in Spanish with a Certificate in International Studies, Foreign Language, and Business. She worked in Finance for 8 years in New York City, Boston, and Dublin, Ireland. She also spent some time in Madrid, Spain obtaining her TEFL Certificate and teaching English as a foreign language to adults in business as well as children. It was during this time that Kari was reminded of her joy of teaching, especially young children. She made a decisive career change and pursued her Montessori Teacher Training for ages 2 1/2 - 6, receiving her AMS Montessori Credential in Early Childhood in 2009. Kari enjoyed teaching in an authentic Montessori classroom for the following 6 years, and integrating the Montessori Philosophy into her everyday life. Kari currently lives with her husband and three children in Cambridge. Upon becoming a mother, Kari took a temporary leave from full time teaching and she cherished the opportunity to spend time at home with her children, implementing many elements of the Montessori Method in her home. Kari is excited for this new adventure with Jun Zi Lan and looks forward to learning and growing alongside the children she serves. Kari enjoys spending time with good friends and family, practicing yoga, cooking and baking, and appreciates nature and preserving the environment we live in.

Enroll Now

After you fill out your application we will meet in person to learn more about your child and your interest in Jun Zi Lan Montessori School. A second meeting with your child might also be desired. After this meeting, you are invited to continue with the enrollment process online.

Non-discrimination Policy

Jun Zi Lan Montessori School is a nonprofit organization and does not discriminate by race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. Furthermore, Jun Zi Lan Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Testimonials

“My kid, who will be in the 1st grade in the fall, joined the summer program at JunZiLan Montessori school during the COVID19 pandemic. Through online teaching, the teachers had to make extra efforts to provide an enriched and individualized curriculum, and they did a remarkable job. A thoughtfully selected theme for each week was taught from different angles through math, science, language, and big group circle time. The materials were carefully prepared by the teachers and mailed directly to our house each week. These materials included laminated prints, art and craft materials,  even the smallest things needed in the class such as paper clips. How considerate the teachers were to take the burden of remote learning from the parents as much as possible!  Most importantly, all of these teachers are very experienced. Through close observation of my kid, they identified his strength and weakness even better than I did. Not only did my kid gain a lot of knowledge, his creativity and independence were inspired through the summer program.  The teachers provided a summary of each day’s class and specific comments on each kid. The timely communication and close engagement with parents were highly appreciated. They also provided parent education conferences, through which I learned very valuable parenting skills.  Both my kid and I loved the teachers so much, and I hope Jun Zi Lan will open an elementary school very soon.”  – P. Wang in Wayland, MA

“Both of my kids go to Jun Zi Lan.  They really like the school and the teachers.  I am a big believer in the Montessori Education methodology.  What makes Jun Zi Lan unique from other Montessori schools in the area is that it is also a Chinese/English immersion school.  Its emphasis on both cultures and languages is especially attractive to Chinese American families like ours. I also like the fact that the teachers not only spend time and effort on the children, they also spend a tremendous amount of time communicating with the parents. Right after my kids were enrolled into the school, we had a chance to participate in a series of weekly seminars catered to Jun Zi Lan parents.  The teachers shared key concepts of Montessori teaching methods and discussed important parenting skills.  I learned a lot from the seminars. You can always contact the teachers for any questions and issues that you might have, and they are always very responsive.  I would strongly recommend this school to any family who is interested in an authentic Montessori education experience as well as learning Chinese language and culture! Nice job, Miss Sandra, Miss Jing and Miss Kari!”  – Charles H. in Lexington, MA

“We live in Texas but got to know Jun Zi Lan through friends. We joined an online  parent group created by the founder prior to the pandemic. The school director is one of a kind. She is truly passionate about Montessori philosophy and teaches with heart. Through numerous zoom meetings hosted by the school, some for students and some for the parents, our kids (6 and 2 yr old) learned so much about themselves and the world. We as parents have also learned a lot of practical skills, from how to raise next generation world entrepreneurs to how to organize the play room. More importantly, the school puts in so much effort in introducing Chinese culture, and promoting the beneficial attributes of multicultural community. If I live in Boston, I would have undoubtedly sent my kids to Jun Zi Lan, a school that is dedicated to form a trusting and supportive community.”  – Yan W. in Houston, TX

“We’re so lucky to have this Chinese English bilingual Montessori school in this community! We participated in some weekend parent-children classes earlier this year and my three year old daughter loves the teachers and their teaching styles. We have enrolled for next year.”  -Xiaowen Y, in Cambridge, MA

“在疫情特殊时期,虽然不能面对面的授课,但是君子兰的老师们用心进行的线上课程也同样优秀,我和孩子都受益匪浅!
小朋友每周跟着Jing老师,李老师,Kari老师学习课程,围绕每周的主题,老师带领孩子进行科学、艺术、数学及语言的探索。每天晚上上课的时间他都格外积极与享受,因为家中的任何物件都可以成为教具,每个项目的概念都是以孩子能接受的方式授予孩子知识;而且,课堂上三位老师对孩子的热情、细致与耐心让我这个亲妈都自愧不如!课堂下还有定期的家长会、家长课堂,把蒙特梭利的教育内涵授予家长,还有手机里,老师对家长有问必答的回复。在君子兰的课堂上,真正是孩子和家长的共同成长。
感谢三位老师对孩子的付出,也让我体验了什么是融入了爱的教育,希望还有机会能和老师们见面,上课!”  -Anhui in China

“I’m a mother of two and want to raise my kids to be bilingual (Chinese and English). I am a fan of Montessori, and love the Montessori methodology. I was happy that I met Jun Zi Lan’s head teacher Jing. My son attended her class and bonded with her right away. He adores her and follows her like a little duckling.  I love Jun Zi Lan’s nurturing environment and the classroom learning materials. Things are made of wood, metal and real glass. I am amazed with the Chinese language learning materials, they are easy for children to understand and play with. My son was obsessed.  The teachers in Jun Zi Lan are knowledgeable, nice and very patient with the kids. They follow the children’s lead, give them freedom to choose the work, encourage and help children to be independent, let children learn in their own pace until they fully understand. I trust they will create a nurturing environment for my kid to learn and grow. ” – Sharon in Cambridge, MA

“Jun Zi Lan school provided my child an exciting yet challenging online learning opportunity during this pandemic. I was thoroughly impressed by how passionate and organized the teachers were. During the past two months, they had introduced a wide range of interesting topics such as the earth, fraction, multiplication and division, and the beauty in nature to my 4 years old. My child woke up excited and energized everyday, looked forward to the virtual classes. I would strongly recommend Jun Zi Lan to any family interested in Montessori education. ”

“I was not a believer in Montessori education for everyone. I fell for a common misconception that an introverted child like my son Lucas might not develop social skills very well in a Montessori school. I did not even visit a single Montessori school when I toured childcare centers for Lucas four year ago. Then I got to know Jenny, the daughter of Miss Jing. Just as Lucas, Jenny was a sensitive and introverted child. Carefully guided and nurtured by her mom and her Montessori teachers, she flourished into a confident, motivated, courageous and courteous young lady. Marveled by Jenny’s transformation, I became intrigued about Montessori philosophy of education. The more I learn about the individualized approach following the child’s unique passion and strength, the more I believe that Montessori school IS for everyone. I was so excited to learn that Miss Jing was going to open a Montessori school in Cambridge together with Miss Sandra and Miss Kari. When they offered free parent/child Saturday class earlier this year, I took both Lucas and Lillian there to have an authentic Montessori experience. I was blown away by the beautiful & inviting classroom setting, thoughtfully prepared teacher demonstration, and the skillful guidance from the teachers to all the participating kids. Not only five year old Lucas was fascinated by these educational yet fun activities, two year old Lillian was also highly engaged in the class. I consider myself very lucky to have met Miss Jing and been introduced to Montessori philosophy. It is better late than never, and I can not wait for Lillian to start at Jun Zi Lan.”  – Huili Zh, Phd. in Belmont, MA

“I am thrilled to see Jun Zi Lan successfully launched their online teaching program during COVID-19. I first got to know Dr. Sandra Lee during my Montessori teacher training at Montessori Institute New England (MI-NE). Dr Lee has deep understanding of Montessori pedagogy, children literature, and world language development. When I introduced my dear friend Jing Su to Dr Sandra, they clicked immediately as they both shared strong passion in Montessori philosophy. Soon after they met in 2018, they decided build a world-class Chinese Immersion Montessori School. It is amazing to see how Jing and Dr. Sandra pour their  love for children into building Jun Zi lan. I am confident that Jun Zi Lan will not only be an excellent school for the local students, it will grow into a well recognized  bilingual early education center worldwide! ”  – Dr. Aihua J, Md, PhD in Andover, MA

Giving

We believe educational opportunities should be available to families in our community regardless of financial means. We are asking for your help to create a Jun Zi Lan for All fund specifically for the purpose of tuition assistance.

Thank you in advance for supporting our Jun Zi Lan For All tuition assistance fund!

Donate

Jun Zi Lan Montessori is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school so all donations are tax deductible.

Resources

Learn about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar

Montessori from a father’s point of view

Wildflower Schools

Jun Zi Lan Montessori is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

About Wildflower Schools

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Our aim is to be an experiment in a new learning environment, blurring the boundaries between home and school, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them.Our schools are small and teacher-led, with deep parent engagement. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Our network is supported by a foundation that works to build capacity, systems, tools and research to grow and strengthen the network.

Learn more about our story.

Our Principles

Blurring the boundaries between home-schooling and institutional schooling, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Read about them here.

Our Network

After the first Wildflower school was created in January of 2014, there was intense interest in the school and the approach. This interest led us to open-source the model and help other family groups and teacher-leaders to create new Wildflower schools. Each teacher-leader at each Wildflower school serves on the board of at least one other Wildflower school, creating a community of schools that are linked by both a shared philosophy and a network of shared relationships.

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