"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn." -Dr. Maria Montessori
Limited seats are currently available in our mixed-age programs. Children must be at least 2.9 years-old in order to enroll. Please contact our Director of Admissions for more information.
Consistency is key. A five-weekday program is important for this reason, as it provides the child a sense of order, continuity and predictability. We offer a morning option with flexible extended day dismissal times to meet your child's needs. We also offer an afternoon program for families who prefer this scheduling option. Both program options are identical in curriculum, with the morning option lasting 30-minutes longer than the afternoon option.
As Morningside Montessori School is also licensed for kindergarten, you may be able to enroll your child for the kindergarten year if s/he is 5 years-old. Please contact our Director of Admissions to explore this option.
Click on the program options below to learn more about each of our programs.
Preschool children learning from each other in a mixed-age grouping is at the heart of the Montessori philosophy. Our classrooms are designed to support this style of learning within a small child-to-teacher ratio of 6:1. Younger children watch and are intrigued by what slightly older children are doing. It peeks their curiosity. Older children model and show younger ones how materials and activities are done. This reinforces their competency and develops self-esteem.
Being in an environment with children across a two-and-a-half-year age span allows each child to work with peers across the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive domains regardless of their date of birth.
With a 3,000 square foot terrace playground that boasts a vast playscape beneath endless sky and sunshine, growing preschool children can enjoy each other's company and develop their physical abilities. An indoor gym space is available to them on days of inclement weather, so that their daily physical needs are always met. Our classrooms also include an array of materials and activities that support the development of small and large muscles.
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Grace, courtesy and empathy are embedded in the culture of our school. As teachers and older children naturally model this behavior, younger children catch on and begin to do the same.
Blocks and puppet areas allow children to experience and develop sharing and imagination, while practical life activities provide opportunities for socialization and role-playing. Books, circle time and class discussions help children develop social consciousness in age-appropriate ways, and social skills are acquired through observation and instruction. Independence and confidence develop through the use of designed materials.
The classroom environment is equipped with a multitude of Montessori materials, both traditional and teacher-made. The materials are designed to peek curiosity and are self-correcting, thereby heightening a child’s sense of self-esteem and ability to independently discover new ideas. The materials also help develop memory and refine the visual and auditory senses.
Mandarin and Spanish are immersed throughout the day in the mixed-age programs. All children have an opportunity to access world languages, which helps them become global citizens.
Children are encouraged to ask questions, to wonder, and to explore the world. Their childhood is nurtured. We offer a variety of activities via art, music, dance and language in order to expand children’s creativity. They are presented with new materials, textures, smells, sounds, visual stimuli, and edibles to enhance their vocabulary and senses.
To be eligible for September 2018 enrollment, your child must be 2.9 - 5 years-old. Our online application will be available in early September 2017.
As Morningside Montessori School is also licensed for kindergarten, you may be able to enroll your child for the kindergarten year if s/he is 5 years-old. Please contact us at (212) 316-1555 or email email@example.com to inquire.
Each year, MMS is able to offer a limited number of partial financial aid awards. Funding is provided by the fundraising efforts of Morningside Montessori families. To be considered for aid, you must complete the financial aid application process before noon on Friday, January 12, 2018.
To learn more about how to apply for financial aid for the 2018-19 school year, click here.