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Spacious, bright and warm classrooms are filled with natural light and provide an environment that is safe, clean and homey. Carpeting, natural bamboo flooring, and surroundings that echo the home are designed to encourage children to create, explore, feel at ease and ready to learn.

Our school environment is both compliant with and surpasses New Jersey health and safety standards through enhanced health and safety practices, staff training and support services originally provided by TermSafe Child-Safe Environmental Specialists.

Why Choose Monarch Montessori

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

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Our School

Spacious, bright and warm classrooms are filled with natural light and provide an environment that is safe, clean and homey. Carpeting, natural bamboo flooring, and surroundings that echo the home are designed to encourage children to create, explore, feel at ease and ready to learn.

Outdoors, children can continue their “work” of play in our play area, set on 1.3 acres of open space. Several times daily, they have the opportunity to engage in physical activity and use their imaginations. In Spring, they plant their own outdoor garden, incorporating the “fruits of their labor” into classroom meals and snacks.

Open Mon. – Fri. 7AM to 6PM
Before & After Care are included in full day pricing.

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2 Newark Pompton Turnpike Little Falls, NJ 07424
Phone:(973) 928-3605 Fax 973.233.4164
Email: info@monarch-montessori.com

Benefits of a Montessori Education

Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori and characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development.

A Montessori curriculum focuses on key developmental milestones in children between the ages of three and five-years-old. Younger children focus on honing large muscle and language skills. Four-year-olds work on fine motor skills and completing everyday activities, such as cooking and arts and crafts. Older preschoolers broaden their learning experience to their communities, through trips and special events.

Montessori preschool students enjoy a classroom and curriculum designed around their specific needs and abilities that allows them to explore and learn at their own pace and on their own terms.  Everything in the classroom is within reach of the child, and furniture is sized for children to sit comfortably. In addition, older children in the class work with the younger ones, so mentoring comes as much from peers as it does from the adult teachers in the classroom.

One of the greatest benefits of the Montessori Method, particularly during the early learning experience, is the focus on hands-on learning. The emphasis is on concrete, rather than abstract learning, as students work on activities that teach language, math, culture and practical life lessons. Teachers encourage students to concentrate on tasks, and they discourage students from interrupting one another, allowing students to focus on activities until they are properly mastered.

Students in the Montessori program are allowed to explore activities and concepts at their own pace. This naturally encourages children to try more challenging areas, which accelerates their learning experience. Learning occurs at a comfortable pace for each student, rather than inflicting the same rate on every student in a classroom.

Because the teacher does not “run” the classroom, students guide the activities they do throughout the day. This encourages children to share and work cooperatively to explore the various stations in the Montessori classroom.  Children in Montessori classrooms, by the very nature of the environment, learn to respect one another and build a sense of community.

While the Montessori Method allows children to choose the activities they want to work on each day, and how long they will work at a specific task, there are specific “ground rules” for the class that are consistently enforced by the teacher and other students. This environment naturally teaches children self-discipline, and it refines important skills like concentration, self-control and motivation.

With sandpaper letters or using a sand tray, children trace the shape of letters while the teacher connects with the letter’s sound, or use alphabet cut-outs (moveable alphabet) to form words. Through activities such as these, they gain experience with the beginnings of the language sequence, laying the groundwork for decoding, or reading.

This process activates and connects the visual, kinesthetic, tactile and auditory modalities and is supplemented with highly differentiated and individualized materials created by the child’s teacher. Included in the Language curriculum and introduced at each child’s unique moment of individual readiness, would be oral and written expression, reading, listening, speaking, drama, and children’s literature.

Building upon the principles and skills gained in Practical Life and Sensorial, which
include, grouping, one-to-one correspondence, matching, comparing similarities and differences, sorting, counting, grading and predicting patterns, the hands-on materials Montessori so carefully designed leverage those understandings to help children move to more abstract concepts. Using sequenced presentation of the manipulative, rather than rote memorization of facts, students construct their own knowledge of number sense, place value, numeration, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division through internalization, or a process she termed “materialized abstraction.” Older children can progress to even higher level abstract concepts which include fractions, geometry and the beginnings of algebra by using their hands and minds to grapple with content using materials which go beyond these basic concepts.

Fundamental to Montessori’s philosophy is the interrelatedness of all things, a view which forms the underpinnings of what she called physical and cultural geography. Study of the diverse cultures of the earth and the ways humans interact with nature to meet basic needs are among the ways children gain awareness of geography and science in the Primary Classroom. Moving from what children know to what they do not, from simple to complex, the whole to parts and concrete to abstract, they engage in geographical, historical, artistic, musical, scientific and interrelated activities.

This area capitalizes on childrens’ need to connect with their environment through the five senses, providing materials of various qualities (size, shape, color, dimension, texture, length, width, temperature, mass, pitch) designed by Montessori, such as knobbed cylinders or color tablets. Using a multisensory approach, children learn to distinguish, categorize, and add to prior knowledge. They can move from concrete to abstract understandings by ordering, classifying, comparing and contrasting; simultaneously, they build vocabulary through naming and expanding the language of labeling. Montessori believed that children immersed in a stimulus-rich environment use all of their senses to absorb sensory impressions, and through this process begin to order these impressions and make sense and meaning of their world.

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