The Infant, or Nido Program as we like to call it (ages 6 weeks to 18 months), is centered upon establishing order and security for the children. In our Nido program, we find it vital to the child’s development that they have a strong sense of trust in their care givers. While parents adjust to letting go of their child, we work very hard at building a strong rapport with each family agreeing that safety, warmth, kindness, and expertise in child development are essential tools for this age group's success. Free exploration in an environment that is trustworthy, gentle, and nurturing is necessary for their developmental progress.
The Toddler Program (ages 18 months through 36 months) is divided into six foundational learning areas: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, and the cultural subjects. The Children are engaged in purposeful, unique hands-on activities and they are able to move freely throughout their environment to choose these materials. This freedom of movement is a cornerstone of the Montessori philosophy allowing for their physical development to thrive. Children need to move and their learning is effected by their ability to move freely while taking advantage of learning oppportunities. Children experience several "sensitive periods" of development where by their need to acquire certain skills over others is exclusive. The aquisition of language is one of those needs and one that is fully nurtured in our Toddler environments. As their vocabulary progresses, they are able to ask for what they need and tell you how they feel. Language development allows children to problem solve more peacefully thus allowing them to feel autonomous. The goal, for all children, is to become independent learners resulting in being able to fulfill their own needs. With independence comes confidence and a thirst for further exploration.
Toddler Half Day is in session from the beginning of September until the middle of June. For children ages 18 months through 3. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. It is offered 3 to 5 days a week.
Toddler Full Day is in session from the beginning of September until the middle of June. For children ages 18 months through 3. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. It is offered 3 to 5 days a week.
Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood Program (ages 3 through 6) is divided into six foundational learning areas: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, and the cultural subjects. Our goal for the Early Childhood Class is to encourage our students to develop a passion for the unknown. Children are inquisitive by nature and it is our priority to provide them with fascinating opportunities to learn. Children need to ask questions and our classrooms help them find the answers. This quest motivates them to become independent, problem solvers and creative thinkers. The brain does not understand what the hand has not physically touched in some way. Our beautiful materials provide children with varied opportunities to truly understand the world in which they live.
Early Childhood Half Day is in session from the beginning of September until the middle of June. For children ages 3 years through 6. Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm. It is offered 3 to 5 days a week.
Early Childhood Full Day is in session from the beginning of September until the middle of June. For children ages 3 years through 6. Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 3:00pm. It is offered 3 to 5 days a week.
Early Morning and Late Afternoon Program
Magnolia Montessori School opens at 7:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM. From science to crafts, to music and time on either of our two playgrounds, children stay engaged throughout their day at school.
Magnolia Montessori School offers Summer Camp to currently enrolled students. If space allows, registration will open up to other area children. Our summer camp is filled with a mix of indoor and outdoor activity, planned projects, and time for free exploration. Summer Camp hours run from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Before and after care will be available.
Throughout the course of the year we offer a wide range of Enrichment Activities that take place either during or after the school day such as:
- Bricks, Bots & Beakers - The curriculum gestures direct instruction key to building STEM skills and knowledge in pre-school children.
- USA Karate & Fiteness - Throughtout the year we offer a 10 week martial art program.
- Kiddie Soccer - New Jersey's premier soccer program for pre-school children is offered in both the Spring and Fall.
- Music Enrichment - Classes take place once a week in every class by Performing Music Educator Kathy Byers.
- Pre-School Spanish Enrichment - Yamiris Marcano-Betancourt enriches the minds of the Early Childhood Students. She shares her skills in both Spanish and the Montessori Philosophy of learning.
- Pizza Lunch is available for purchase every Wednesday and includes a seasonal fruit and vegetable.
- Catering Solutions delivers a hot/cold lunch option daily. For the current menu and ordering information go to Catering Solutions.