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At Home #13: Zoom Sessions May 19-21

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Ms. Maria continued Zoom sessions for all The Montessori House students learning at home.

Each week, we’ll post links to video recordings of select sessions.   For this week:

Tuesday May 19:

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At Home #12: Zoom Sessions May 12-14

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

This week Ms. Maria continued Zoom sessions for all The Montessori House students learning at home.  She’s added language and number lessons to the storybook sessions.

Each week, we’ll post links to video recordings of select sessions.   For this week:

Tuesday May 12:

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At Home #11: Zoom Sessions May 5-7

Monday, May 4th, 2020

This week Ms. Maria continued Zoom sessions for all The Montessori House students learning at home.  She made a few changes based on our recent survey of parents.  Ms. Maria She continued with several formats for at home learning (see Zoom Primer for Parents), including another  Science Demonstration, Show & Do Cooking at Home, and Follow the Leader (movement and songs), as well as several book readings.

Each week, we’ll post links to video recordings of select sessions.   For this week:

Tuesday May 5:

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At Home #10: Zoom Sessions April 28-30

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

This week Ms. Maria continued Zoom sessions for all The Montessori House students learning at home.  She introduced several new formats for at home learning (see Zoom Primer for Parents), including a Science Demonstration, Show & Do Cooking at Home, and Follow the Leader (movement and songs).

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At Home #9: Montessori House Zoom: Primer for Parents

Friday, April 24th, 2020

We wanted to provide our Montessori House families information on our Zoom sessions, to help make them fun and productive for students who attend.  We have multiple formats for Zoom sessions — some require preparation for children to participate (for example if we do food preparation together, you’ll need to gather ingredients ahead of time),  others are intended to teach students how to do a project on their own after the session (with parents’ help of course, for example a science experiment), and many have little or no preparation or follow up.   If a session is aimed at older students (e.g. Kindergarten) or younger students (under age 4), we’ll let parents know.  Below you’ll find a chart of our different session formats (note, certain formats may have no limit on participants, while others are intended for a limited, small group of students).  Following the chart is further information and a few pointers for parents to make our Zoom session with your children fun and successful.

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At Home #8: Zoom Sessions with Ms. Maria (April 22-24)

Friday, April 24th, 2020

This week Ms. Maria started Zoom sessions for all The Montessori House students learning at home.  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Apr 22-24), she read storybooks for younger and older students, and held three show & tell sessions (My Favorite Stuffed Animal).  We had over 50 children participate in one or more sessions, with enthusiastic feedback from our Montessori House families.

Next week, Ms. Maria will introduce new material and read a few more books.  Parents receive an email invitation to register for the session Ms. Maria offers (some have a limit on attendees).

Each week, we’ll post links to video recordings of select sessions.   For this week:

  1. Ms. Maria reads three books  most appropriate for younger children up to age 4 (older children may enjoy too).
    Froggy Gets Dressed, Froggy Learns to Swim, Froggy’s Sleepover, all three by Jonathan London.
  2. Ms. Maria reads two books most appropriate for children older than age 4 (the vocabulary and story’s are more complicated, but younger children may enjoy too).
    Some Birthday by Patricia Polacco and Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Look for future posts about Ms. Maria on Zoom.

P.S.  This was our schedule for Apr 22- 24:

9:00 am
Story for Younger
10:15 am
Story for Older
1:00 pm
Show & Tell (S&T)
Wed Apr 22 “Are You My Mother?” “METEOR” Favorite Stuffed Animal
Thu Apr 23 “Are You My Mother?” “METEOR” Favorite Stuffed Animal
Fri Apr 24 “Froggy Gets Dressed” “Some Birthday!” Favorite Stuffed Animal

 

At Home Series

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

To help parents make this home-bound time tolerable for all members of the family, and to keep their young children productively engaged and active, our Director — Ms. Maria Morningstar — has started a series called “At Home“.  The series is published in our website NEWS section.  Since they’re published using a blog, chapters appear in reverse order, with the most recent At Home the top entry.  Each chapter starts out with a short introduction and you then click on “Read the rest of this entry>>” to see the entire post,

Here’s what we’ve published so far (with links to each full chapter):

P.S.  If you’d like to take a video break with your children, Ms. Maria has a few recent posts with bunnies and dogs.

 

Still Open and Available for Our Families (updated 3/17/20)

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

UPDATE 3/17/20:  NJ DCF issued a clarification of  their guidance from yesterday.   It opens as follows:

“The Department of Children and Families reminds childcare providers that the state has not
directed that they cease operation as a result of the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
outbreak.”

New Jersey Governor Murphy has ordered extraordinary measures to mitigate the spread and threat of Covid-19 in the state.  Chief among these is the order to close all K-12 schools (public, private, parochial) for at least two weeks starting this Wednesday.  Other key features of the order include restricting most businesses to daytime hours, eliminating on-site service at restaurants, and mandating that any gathering in the state number 50 people or fewer

For The Montessori House, the salient fact is that this order does not apply to childcare centers.  We won’t speculate on the rationale for the different treatment of schools and childcare centers, except to say that there are sound reasons for the distinction.

We’ve received guidance from state officials through  a few sources.  A release from Senator Loretta Weinberg states explicitly that,“As of now daycares are not included”.   Also the NJ Dept of Children and Families (DCF), which regulates all early childhood providers, issued guidance today encouraging providers like The Montessori House School to keep their doors open — on a short-term basis they’ve relaxed select regulations to enable providers to both stay open and stay in compliance.   Finally, we’ve communicated with others in the early childhood education industry who have spoken with the Governor’s office and they were told the order to close does not apply to childcare centers.  (Note, the order’s reference to PreK appears to refer only to such programs hosted in K-12 schools.)

At The Montessori House School our regular teaching staff is available and committed to providing our families the option of safe, high-quality care and early childhood education.  We’ve put in place procedures to limit the risk to students and staff of Covid-19 infection while at school, and we re-evaluate daily if further changes would be beneficial.

We know that with school-age siblings now learning at home, and parents working at home, that many of families will prefer to keep their Montessori House student home too.  We want our Montessori House families to know that, if their situation changes, we’re focused on having available the childcare they may need.

 

Spring Trimester After-School Classes Canceled and Refunded

Monday, March 16th, 2020

As long as it’s feasible and prudent to do so, The Montessori House will remain open to provide safe, high-quality care and education for those families who are prepared to have their children spend their days with us .

Of course, as primary and secondary schools close and parents work from home, many families are choosing to keep their Montessori House students at home.  These days our classrooms have their lowest student-to-teacher ratios in recent memory!

Given the light attendance, the fact that after-school classes have met only one time, and that we asked parents to enroll and pay for classes as the Covid-19 threat was emerging, we will cancel immediately all after-school classes for this spring trimester (starting today, Monday) and provide all families a 100% refundable credit for their spring trimester fees.

Montessori House Building Entrance Procedures Regarding Covid-19

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The Montessori House remains open and available for our families’ child care needs.  We’ve been paying close attention to developments in our area, and to the recommendations and requirements for early childhood centers provided by the NJ Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Health.

As we communicated earlier, when students are at the school, we’re restricting who may enter the school building.  Basically, no one may enter other than students and staff.  As a result, we’ve posted at our door the following new Montessori House procedures.

Please let anyone who drops off or picks up students at the school know what to expect starting today, Monday, March 16th.

Montessori House Procedures Regarding Covid-19

Until further notice, please note the following new procedures:

  • We will dismiss children ONLY from the playground, via car line (if raining), or outside this door for all occasions, including regular school dismissal, early pick-up, after care, and after-school classes.
  • We will NOT be opening the door for anyone other than Montessori House staff and enrolled children to enter.  When you ring the bell, a teacher will come to the door as needed.  This may take a few minutes, so we thank you in advance for your patience.
  • Teachers will maintain a distance from parents/caregivers, so please do not ask them to have a conversation.  Feel free to contact us via text (201-816-8343, which goes to Anne Marie, Maria, and Tony) or email (maria@themontessorihouse, which goes only to Maria).
  • Parents and caregivers (and accompanying siblings) waiting with or for their children should keep their distance from others while waiting.  Also, you must hold your child’s hand the entire time going between the school and your car.

Thanks for your cooperation.  We’ll continue to keep you posted regarding changes as we all respond to new developments.