Freedom Montessori Academy

Freedom Montessori Academy

A private tutoring company that is an Eco-School registered with the Wildlife Federation.

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Hello Homeschool Families! 👋
Feel Free to Follow my social media for learning ideas. I appreciate your support. I am also available for remote annual evaluations. Just PM me or text to schedule.
Are you interested in adding hands-on activities that increase focus, foster independence, and refine motor skills to your homeschool program?

Have you ever wondered how to implement the Montessori philosophy at home?

Perhaps you are already using some materials and lessons but would enjoy learning more.

Do you have an independent learner at home or would you like your child to be more independent?

I will be sharing some easy tips to help children grow in these areas.

I plan to create a few online classes for parents who would like to use the Montessori method at home.

I have been a Montessori Guide for over twenty years and much of that time has been with homeschool families.

I look forward to sharing this information with those interested.
Happy Learning,
~Ms. Melanie 941-726-7129


✨ Always remember to weave the magic of childhood into your lessons.
Even when we forget, the children remind us. This post reminded me of this with it's beautiful words.
💫Ms. Melanie

“We need to teach the children the old words,
words like brabble and grubble,
twitter-light and clinkerbell;
words which dance and trip and slip
and drip like honey off the tongue

Teach them that a hazy halo of cloud
around the moon is called a moonbroch
and that swiftly moving clouds are named
how a vixen’s wedding is a sunny shower of
rain, and that a single sunbeam breaking through thick cloud is known as a messenger

Teach them to know the seasons and scents
of queen of the meadow and bride of the sun,
how to tell Jupiter’s staff from fairy fingers
and which roses bloom with the strawberry moon

Teach them to spot pricklebacks in the tottlegrass,
how to recognise a smeuse or a bishop-barnaby,
when to watch the sky for flittermice and yaffles,
and to pay attention to the dumbeldore and mousearnickle
as she graces the lazy leahs of summer

Teach them a few of the old Sussex words for mud,
like gubber and slub and stodge and pug,
so they know that the precious soil beneath their toes
is anything but worthless dirt

Teach them to be users and keepers and makers
of the words which bring the land alive:
a storybook, where everything has its rightful place, including us;
where the wilds are fearful and filled with magic
and people do noble things, and nothing is impossible

In this world of harsh new words —
words like planetary dysmorphia and solastalgia,
extinction debt and grief mitigation,
megadrought and megafire,
anthropogenic, pyrocene,
words which alarm and get stuck in our throats
describing a world which our hearts cannot grasp —
we need to teach the children the old words,
so that if they should feel lost,
the old words might colour for them
a warm and breathing, living map,
a light to guide them safely home.”

~ Caroline Mellor

Art: Jim Colorex aka Emmanuel Fallet


From “The 1946 London Lectures, p. 65” by Maria Montessori.


OPEN HOUSES CANCELED. I am sad to inform all of the interested families that the Thonotosassa Ranch is unable to host my tutoring program due to unforeseen circumstances. Please stick around for fun learning activities and updates.

Thank you,


Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 24/07/2023

Open House! Friday, July 28th, 1:00-4:00
Stop by and cool off with some healthy, vegan ice cream, plant some seeds to take come, try out some of our hands-on activities, and meet the animals.

I am looking forward to meeting more families! Enrolling now! Middle school and Elementary age learners!

Flexible homeschool enrichment options.

Tutoring begins Sept. 1st

12720 Lem Simmons St.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Call, text, or PM with any questions.
Melanie- 941-726-7129

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 21/07/2023

Tampa Bay Families! 🍨 Beat the heat with a healthy ice cream sundae! 🫐 🍓Join us at our next open house and make your own vegan, healthy ice cream sundae.
Make and take! Try out some of our activities and take home what you make.

Freedom Montessori Academy is enrolling Middle School and Elementary age learners.
Our nature-based homeschool enrichment program begins Sept. 1st!

You are invited to see our Thonotosassa Ranch location, meet the animals, and make some fun things to take home. If you are interested or just curious about our program, please stop by.

Open houses:
Friday, July 28th, 1:00-4:00
Saturday, August 12th, 12:00-3:00

12720 Lem Simmons St. Thonotosassa FL, 33592

🌼Eco-shool/Green School
🙌Hands-On Learning
💪Self-directed, Independent Learners
🍇Healthy Eating
🤸Nature Immersion

Direct provider with Step Up for PEP and FES-UA scholarships.

☎️Text, call or PM Melanie with any questions. 941-726-7129

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 19/07/2023

We had a nice open house yesterday. 🐴The children enjoyed meeting the sweet miniature horses and catching 🐸 frogs together.


OPEN HOUSE!!! Friday 7/28 1:00-4:00 and 8/12 12:00-3:00
Please stop by and say hello.

See you at the Ranch!

12720 Lem Simmons St.
Thonotossa, FL 33592

This is our CLASSROOM! It is so Amazing. I look forward to meeting you!

~Ms. Melanie


At the 3:40 mark, you will hear Neil DeGrasse Tyson state that people have forgotten to think of time geometrically. Not Montessori students. At Freedom Montessori we not only learn the history of timekeeping but we learn about time by touching actual physical fractions and by building a clock.

When my son started Montessori school 22 years ago, the school would only allow children to wear analog watches. I thought it was a little strict so I got him a really cool analog watch. However, now we see that people are not even thinking about time the same way and children usually don't wear watches.

Montessori is so much fun! We have so many activities to help children understand the concept of time.

~Ms. Melanie

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 14/07/2023

North Tampa Families,
Enrolling Middle school and Elementary aged learners. 🐓
🐎Join us for an OPEN HOUSE to learn about private tutoring sessions at the Thonotosassa Ranch.
July 18th 11-2
July 28th 1-4
Aug. 12th 12-3

💛Homeschool Enrichment
🙌Hands-on Learning
🦋 Eco-school/Green school
🌻 Outdoor Education
🍉Healthy meals
🌎 Montessori
🐐Taking care of Animals
🏃🤸Fun with Friends
💪 Independent Learners
💻Parent workspace. and involvement
🤩 Certified Teacher
-all subject areas covered individualized to each learner in a group setting.

If your child thrives in nature and enjoys meaningful learning experiences, Freedom Montessori Academy might be a good fit.

Tutoring sessions run Sept. Through May.

12720 Lem Simmons St. Thonotosassa

I would love to hear from you. PM, text, call, or email.

Melanie 941-726-7129


Private Tutoring!!!
Thonotosassa Ranch location!
Open Houses🎉
🌻Tue. July 18th 11-2
🐞Fri. July 28th 1-4
🍓Sat. Aug. 12th 12-3

Private tutoring for middle school and elementary school age homeschoolers. Group sessions!
- Outdoor Education
- hands-on learning
- sustainability
- Eco-school
- Montessori
- independent learners
- responsibility
- taking care of animals
- building friendships
-all subject areas covered

Tutoring begins Sept. 1st

Come learn about our program and find out if a balance of academics and nature is what interest your child.
Contact Melanie for the location and to RSVP for the open house. [email protected]

Fill out the apply now form on our website if you are interested in placement and more details.
Freedom Montessori Academy


Open houses! Come say HELLO! 👋 Tampa Bay Area Families!
July 18th 11-2
July 28th 1-4
Aug 12th 12-3

Thonotosassa Ranch! Let me know if you would like to come.
text- 941-726-7129 or PM

Are you interested in learning more about Freedom Montessori Academy's Eco-school tutoring program? What will we be doing on the ranch? 🧐Would you like to visit our new homeschool enrichment outdoor education location? 🐎🐄🐓🌱🌺🌻
~Enrolling Middle School and Elementary School aged learners~

I look forward to meeting you!

Ms. Melanie🙂

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 05/07/2023

"There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of giving." ~Maria Montessori
Freedom Montessori Academy

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 05/07/2023

"We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry."

~Maria Montessori

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 05/07/2023

"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core." ~Maria Montessori

These photos are from my Nutcracker unit. I hope they explain just a little about how education happens at Freedom Montessori Academy!

We met weekly at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota where we would perform the Nutcracker Suite.

My goal as a Montessori educator was to ignite that spark of imagination and guide them on a little history adventure.

We discussed the story learning history and story elements. I love to talk about how there were no stores so the uncle made these toys.

The children choreographed most of the performance working together as a team.

Then we ended up at the FABLAB science center and they each made their own sword from different time periods on the computer.

Bonus! A local dance studio joined us and collaborated performing in between our songs.

They learned history, music, art, science, and dance. They ran around in the woods at a local park. We used manners while at the museum. They used cooperation skills and made new friends. I bet they really learned a lot about the Nutcracker and we never used a worksheet.

~Ms. Melanie


"We don't need to teach children how to think. They already know. We need to provide children with a place and the tools, then allow them to do it."
~Melanie Smith

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 05/07/2023

"This system in which a child is constantly moving objects with his hands and actively exercising his senses, also takes into account a child's special aptitude for mathematics. When they leave the material, the children very easily reach the point where they wish to write out the operation. They can thus carry out an abstract mental operation and acquire a kind of natural and spontaneous inclination for mental calculations."

~Maria Montessori

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 02/07/2023

A wonderful balance of nature and academics. That is what we believe works at Freedom Montessori Academy. The Montessori philosophy works perfectly in natural spaces. Children enjoy working with their hands and being in nature.

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 01/07/2023

Parent workspace! 🥳🥳
We have two inside parent workspaces and plenty of outdoor space for our working parents and for our amazing volunteers!

Freedom Montessori is excited about the Thonotosassa Ranch location. 🎉🙌🙌👏👏👏
Tutoring sessions begin in September.

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 30/06/2023

Tampa Bay Families! Are you looking for a FUN, Individualized, Homeschool ENRICHMENT Program? PRIVATE TUTORING begins Sept. 1st.
MIDDLE SCHOOL and ELEMENTARY school-age learners. Enrolling Now. Come to an Open House!
-Independent Learners 💪
-Hands-on Learning 👏
-Take Care of Animals
-Learning Community 🥳🤩
-Parent Involvement and Workspace👨‍👨‍👧‍👦
-Balance of Nature and Academics🦎🌿🎨
Location- Thonotosassa Ranch🐎🐄
Contact Melanie for more information. PM or text 941-726-7129🌻

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 30/06/2023

The learners at Freedom Montessori Academy are going to have so much fun taking care of the animals!!!
Turtoring sessions begin Sept. 1st. Enrolling now.

Photos from Freedom Montessori Academy's post 29/06/2023

Enrolling Now! MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY-AGE LEARNERS! Private tutoring. Homeschool Enrichment.
Freedom Montessori Academy is an ECO-school registered with the National Wildlife Federation! This is the nation's largest GREEN SCHOOL program! 🦅🐝🦋
We grow food, eat beautiful meals, and learn outside in nature!

Being a part of this program is a fun way to learn about our country, our planet, and about sustainable practices.


It's National Pollinator Week! Include host plants in your pollinator gardens! These host plants are the nurseries of the pollinator garden, where the eggs and immature insects grow before metamorphosis into butterflies and moths.

Some examples include:
Dill, fennel, and parsley- Eastern black swallowtail
Cassias- sulfur butterfly
Hollyhock- painted lady
Passion vines- Gulf fritillary butterfly
Milkweed- monarch butterfly
Bean plant- long-tailed skipper


Join Ms. Melanie for a Pollinator Garden Workshop and build!
🦋🐝🌻Learn about Pollinator Gardens!
🪴Bring a plant!
💪Build a Garden!
Take a tour of the ranch.

Let's celebrate National Pollinator Week!

We will follow all of the criteria and get this garden certified by the North American Butterfly Association.
When- July 3rd, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where- Freedom Montessori Academy's Thonotosassa Ranch location.

Age group- Middle School and Elementary School age
High schoolers are welcome to earn volunteer points if they want to help out.

If you would like to be a part of this community project please email Ms. Melanie for more details.

Lessons and activities!

[email protected]
text Ms. Melanie 941-726-7129

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Our Story

Welcome to Suncoast Montessori Academy (formerly Indigo Circle Montessori)! Our focus is on providing an individualized education to each child, celebrating his or her strengths and interests. We encourage creativity, higher order thinking, problem solving, and independence. We are an Eco-school! We spend plenty of time with Mother Nature growing food, eating healthy, and playing outside. Art, Music, Science, Language, Geography, History, and Peace are daily lessons. Come join the fun!

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are in the process of developing online resources for families. Please follow our page and stay tuned for updates!

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Book making!Here is a fun tip to add to your learning environment. This is great for all ages to include preschoolers. C...
Enrolling Now! 🦋 Thonotosassa Ranch! Outdoor Education is so fun at Freedom Montessori Academy. Tutoring students get to...
Indoor Learning Environment! This space is peaceful with natural light and fresh air because it doesn't have a wall! The...
So much nature to observe at the Thonotosassa Ranch! During tutoring sessions at Freedom Montessori Academy students wil...
Tutoring sessions will be held in our indoor learning environment. At the Thonotosassa Ranch it is a nice barn. Families...
Parent Workspaces and Volunteers! We are grateful to have two spaces for parents to work if they need to stay on site du...
Natural playground! This is where the children will help me build the playground as part of their tutoring sessions! We ...
This is our Thonotosassa Ranch tutoring location. We will begin tutoring sessions September 1st with Middle school age s...
Here is a little sneak peek of Freedom Montessori Academy's Thonotosassa Ranch location. Enrolling now. Middle school an...
🍉 🍉 🍉 Watermelon Fractions! What fun! The learners at Freedom Montessori Academy enjoyed a sweet summer treat after this...
Family Day! All the families came and spent the day with us. What fun! Montessori Lessons! playing outside! Potluck! Fee...
The children made 🌺 hibiscus tea for their families today! Freedom Montessori Academy had our end of session performance...