Introducing Little Lea

Little Lea in-home Montessori preschool is located in the historic city of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. It is owned and operated by a resident of Harrodsburg, whose family traces its history back four generation to mid-1800s, most of whom have resided in Harrodsburg region.  The owners have had their three children raised in the Montessori preschool environment and firmly believe in the efficacy and miracle of the Montessori method for primary children. The children loved being nurtured in the home environment and learned a great deal about kindness and respect for all people.  They loved being read to abundantly every day and enjoyed playing outside constantly – even when it rained and snowed!  They have fully experienced the wonderful benefits of a holistic and solid foundation for learning for a lifetime. The owners now offer a qualitative learning experience for children in Harrodsburg and the region.

In addition to raising our own three daughters, I became a Montessori teacher and taught 3-6 year olds in the classroom for 8 years.  I am wonderfully convinced that the early childhood years are so significant.  What and who the children become in these early years greatly effects their future — as students but also as human beings. 

We believe the home Montessori environment offers the best of both worlds.  Because we are small and home based we have flexibility with respect to timing and schedules and the pace of our moments and days.  We do not have to be rushed!  While we follow a daily schedule, the schedule serves the needs of our learning community rather than mastering us.    

We believe the childhood years are something to be cherished and unhurried.  We also believe in the limitless potential of every child and that as we expose them to all kinds of subject matter and experiences they will be joyful and excited learners.  The children have lessons in everything from lessons in practical life to language works to math exercises to training their senses to science experiments to cultural studies, geography and lots of books.  There is so much to learn and so much fun to be had!

Additionally, outdoor time is spent in free play but also in gardening and valuing nature for all of its amazing beauty and discovery.  Our large back yard provides green space for all kinds of leaning and play.  We plant and cut the flowers that we arrange for our classroom.  We grow many of the vegetables that we eat in the summer.  We learn about composting, taking care of the natural world and create outdoor spaces that are rich for the imagination.

We love to learn and believe learning is for a lifetime!

We are a Type-2 licensed childcare facility in the Commonwealth of Ketucky and serve all kinds of children from diverse backgrounds and socio-economic means. Loving and nurturing children and opening up their curious minds for a lifetime of learning is our mission.

Published by Montessori Mom

Hello! My name is Gaye Haralu and am a resident of Harrodsburg, KY. I have lived here for the past 10 years working as a minister and Montessori teacher. I have been a working mother most of my adult life. Twenty years ago when our oldest children were very little and we had moved to another state to begin new jobs I did not know what we were going to do with our two little ones. Then we were introduced to a Daycare Provider who provided care for a number of children out of her home. She became part of the family and has set the bar so high! Our children loved her and loved going to her home. They learned a great deal about kindness and respect for all people from her. They also were read to abundantly every day and played outside constantly – even when it was snowing – especially when it was snowing! We moved away from that area but will forever be indebted to her dedication and care for our children. We have created Little Lea in-home Montessori day care in Harrodsburg to continue in the same vein and be a blessing to families who may need such an environment.

5 thoughts on “Introducing Little Lea

  1. Hello I live in Harrodsburg and I’ve wanted to put my son in Montessori school but the closest one is in versailles.. and I was wondering what your prices are my son is 4 yrs old


    1. Hi Kaylin,

      Hi Kaylin, thanks for your inquiry. I taught in Montessori schools for a number of years and am glad you are interested in Montessori for your 4 year old son. We have full time and part time placement options. Full time is 175/week and part time is $5.00/ hour with a minimum of 20 hours/week. There is a one time enrollment fee of $175. Please feel free to call/ text 8593259886 if you have any more questions . I would love to talk further. Have a nice evening, Gaye Haralu


  2. Hi Kaylin,

    I am just checking in as I have not heard back from you. Are there any additional questions I can answer.

    Just so you are aware, there are financial resources available from the state of KY for child care assistance. I will be glad to talk about it with you if needed.



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