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Morningside Montessori School

251 West 100th Street
New York, NY 10025

(212) 316-1555


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori, Co-op

From the Director:

We are a modified montessori school. Montessori philosophy, materials and environmental design are the basis of our program, but we extend lessons with a variety of early childhood materials. We have a certified early childhood teacher and a certified montessori teacher in each classroom. There is a lot of conversation as to educational approaches in our school. It is one of the ways we maintain a balanced, child centered program.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

More Information

  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • We have many pre-writing materials that
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Morningside approach to early childhood education is based primarily on principles developed in the early part of this century by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and early childhood educator: (a) Children learn best by doing (b) Children teach themselves (c) Children learn from each other Morningside also blends non-Montessori elements of early childhood education. For example, blocks, fantasy-play materials and computers are important features of our classrooms." (SOURCE:

A Typical Day

9:00-9:30 Arrival/Welcome Circle
9:30-10:00 Roof Top Play time
10:00-10:20 Learning Demonstration
10:20-11:30 Worktime/Lesson Review
11:30-11:50 Storytime
11:50-12:20 Roof Top Play Time
12:20-12:30 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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