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Admissions 2020 (July 7)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

The Montessori House School in Tenafly, NJ is accepting applications for all our programs for September 2020.

UPDATE Covid-19: The Montessori House School re-opened on June 15th for a Summer Session through August 14th,  to make up for the weeks we lost during the shutdown.  Our office is staffed and responding to email, text, and phone, to address your needs for early childhood education and to answer your questions.  We continue to accept applications and make placements for September 2020.

We’re not permitted to have visitors during school hours, but we’re available for tours after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays or on the weekends. 

Please call or text us at 201-816-8343 or email us at admissions@themontessorihouse.com  or schedule a tour time on-line


Summary of our enrollment process: 

We take applications throughout the year.  We’re now in a period of rolling admissions for September 2020.

We have full-day and half-day Montessori programs openings available for children born after October 15, 2013 including:

  • For ages 5 & 6 years old: our mixed age Montessori Kindergarten program (full-day, half-day)
  • For ages 30 months to 4 years old: our mixed age Montessori Pre-Primary program (full-day or half-day)

To be considered for placement, families submit a paid application (download here) and visit the school for a tour.

You can find our 2020-21 tution rates here.   But do come visit, to find out why The Montessori House is so special and a great value!

We offer tours most school days.  Tours are most informative  when the classroom is filled with students and teachers, but that’s not possible under the current Covid restrictions.   Consequently, we prefer to conduct tours when classes are in session.  A personal, private tour  usually take about 45 minutes, with a generous amount of time in one or two classrooms — depending on your child’s age, we will show you the program they would enter initially, but also show you the programs available in future years.

Note, if you have childcare available, you may prefer to schedule a time to visit without your child.  In our experience, visiting parents get the most from their time observing in our classrooms when they don’t have to also keep an eye on a toddler.   But, if that’s not convenient for you, we want you to visit and are happy to have your child accompany you tor a tour.

We generally schedule tours to start between 9:00 and 10:15 in the morning, or around 1:00 in the afternoon.

You may schedule a personal tour by texting/calling us at 201-816-8343.  Or, we’ll contact you: e-mail us at admissions@themontessorihouse.com with your phone number and your child’s birth date, and we’ll reach out to schedule a visit.

We urge families interested in entering September 2020 to act now: schedule a school visit and submit an application .

For more information please contact us text/call us at 201-816-8343.

At Home #14: Zoom Sessions May 26-28

Sunday, May 31st, 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 26:

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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.