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Child's Way

300 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052

(973) 731-0160


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

"Warm, Jewish Montessori." We have developed our own creative, magical blend of what works best for this age group. Our students LOVE to come to school each day!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • sandpaper letter, movable alphabet
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • concrete math manipulative, full Montessori golden bead material...the Montessori math curriculum is the finest that exists!
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Montessori pink tower, red rods, and much more
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • we hatch chicks from eggs each Spring!
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Formal music instruction each week with a beloved local piano teacher.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • We paint, draw, glue, bead, sculpt daily...we are process (not final product) oriented.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Hebrew, Yiddish, Jewish holidays, geography, conflict resolution...we serve a diverse population that loves learning about the world and enjoying differences!

From the Director:

We offer a cutting edge, research based early childhood curriculum. We blend Montessori practice with Jewish learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori originated the concept of individualized, differentiated teaching. We don't work with children who are "behind;" we work individually with everyone, and no one is aware of any child's "level."

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Child’s Way you will find:
•Programs for children ages 18 months to six years
•Montessori learning materials that enhance sensory/fine motor development and language/math preparation
•Jewish learning integrated seamlessly within Montessori curricular areas

A Typical Day

Montessori learning, circle time, art, music, athletics and a joyous Shabbat celebration make up our week. We bake our own challah with the children, have special visitors and trips, and parents are invited in throughout the year.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our students visit the classroom and teachers before they begin, we hold a Back to School night in early October for all classes, two Parent-Teacher Conferences per year (and more as needed), and a parents' Montessori Education night in November. We send home a weekly electronic photo newsletter about specific activities so parents can understand what takes place in our classrooms.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each family is different, and the director works with each family as needed to facilitate a smooth transition.