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Environmental Montessori School

190 Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07980

(908) 766-9771


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Teach children to cooperate within groups.
Help the child develop an inner self-discipline.
Encourage creativity in all phases of development.
Assist children in developing sensory and motor skills.
Encourage initiative, independent choice and deliberation.
Offer the children the opportunity to work at their own pace.
Teach children to know and appreciate their natural environment.
Encourage children to learn by performing activities by themselves.
Our basic premise is that all learning is continuous and knowledge is cumulative.
Our basic approach is that each child is a unique person and his or her individuality is to be acknowledged and respected by all.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"9:00 - 9:30
Children are greeted at the door by the morning greeter, settle in watch an educational video or choose from the various activities located throughout the classroom. The entire group then recites the pledge of allegiance, sing "My Country Tis of Thee" and the EMS good morning song. We review the calendar, chart the weather and discuss current events.
9:30 -10:00
A certified Naturalist from the Environmental Education Center visits with the children and gives them a nature lesson. The naturalist and teachers frequently take the children on nature walks through the 430-acre nature preserve.
10:00 - 11:00
The EMS program divides children by age and ability. The children break into smaller groups and spend time with their assigned teacher. Group lessons are given at this time and individual activities geared to the child's ability are also assigned and supervised by the teacher. When group lessons are finished children may explore and choose educational and fun activities located in their area.
11:00 - 11:15
Snack Time. Children help set up for snack by cleaning the tables, putting out the napkins and bite-sized treats and pouring the juice. Children also help clean up after they are done with their treat. We will celebrate a child's birthday with a snack provided by the parents. Many times throughout the school year we will celebrate holidays with a special snack.
11:15 - Dismissal
Mrs. Walsh's and Mrs. Ray 's group return for more group and individual lessons and activities. They also enjoy walks, story time and various other activities. 12:00 dismissal time.
Mrs. Cooperman 's and Mrs. Strachan's group enjoys walks, story time and various other activities. These children will also participate in group and individual lessons when they have matured and showed the ability to enjoy these lessons. 11:50 dismissal time.
Each class completes one special art project per week. We also incorporate coloring, cutting, pasting and painting into the various activities the children participate in throughout the week.
Once a week the school children enjoy approximately 30 minutes of music activities.
Outdoor Activities
Since we are located in a wild life sanctuary we make a point of enjoying the many trails, observing the wild life and watching the changes that occur throughout the year at the nature preserve.
Mrs. Walsh's and Mrs. Ray 's students take a couple ofclass trips to exciting and educational places.
Occasionally the parents are invited to a few special activities the children have at school. The EMS encourages and appreciates parent involvement in school activities.
The holidays in the EMS school calendar are similar to the Baking Ridge school calendar with minor differences
Excerpted from the preschool's website