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Programs

Our curriculum and programs are designed to build a strong foundation in academics, as well as social, emotional, physical and moral development. This approach encourages a child’s independence, self-motivation, and decision-making skills.

Our programs are carefully crafted to capitalize on the readiness of each child, and cater to individual needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Both inside and outside the classroom, children develop standards of conduct and courtesy, cooperation, self-control and a real respect for the rights and opinions of others—while developing their own individual talents, interests and abilities.

The Montessori School of New York International offers half days from 9 AM – 12 PM or 1 -4 PM, full days from 9 AM – 3:30 PM, and extended days from 8 AM – 6 PM.

We offer programs in the following areas for students from 2 to 14 years of age:

LANGUAGE

  • Speech: With an emphasis on expression, speech and clear diction, children gain self-confidence and soon become interested in various forms of expression, interpretation and dramatics.
  • Writing: Often a Montessori child will write before he reads as writing involves the single task of self-expression, whereas reading involves the interpretation of another’s ideas.
  • Reading: Our reading program is individualized and no single method of teaching is used, but rather various methods are combined according to the interests and abilities of each child.
  • Phonics: With a strong emphasis on phonics and meaning from the very beginning, the children learn to spell accurately and read meaningfully.
  • Grammar: Young children are deeply interested in words, and the function of words, hence we give them an early experience in grammar and syntax.

MATHEMATICS
To calculate is a natural tendency of man. Children are introduced to numbers through their senses in a physical form, and eventually gravitate toward memorization.

FRENCH / SPANISH
Most modern research suggests that people have a far greater ability to learn foreign languages during the first six years of life. We take advantage of this and introduce children to French and Spanish.

MUSIC
To respond to music is a natural and basic tendency. Our children have ample opportunity to explore music whether by creating new tunes on the bells or by interpreting it with modern dance under the guidance of specially trained music and modern dance teachers. Each child has two opportunities to perform before a parent and staff audience.

SCIENCES
Even the younger child experiments with air, water, electricity, etc., and reasons out the cause of each reaction himself thereby developing his intellect. Our purpose is to give the young child a clear impression of the physical environment, rather than inundate the child with scientific information that is difficult to interpret logically. A child goes home with his brain stimulated — his reasoning powers and his memory sharpened.

ART
Each child is encouraged to use his creative imagination through trial and error. From the beginning his work with Montessori sensorial materials helps refine his sense of color and other distinguishing characteristics of art.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We encourage group dynamics that provide each child with a framework within their own environment and “society” in order to find their own place within it. These simple interactions lead to a greater concept of the whole world and all humanity that he has contact with.

FREE PLAY
There is ample opportunity for both indoor and outdoor games in small or large groups, either in our recreation room or our spacious, well-equipped yard, or in the playground or meadow nearby.

SUMMER PROGRAM
The Montessori School of New York International offers a fun and educational summer program to students from age two to 14. Our summer program changes from year to year, however the information below is indicative of our general program.

We offer a unique combination of both indoor Montessori activities and outdoor camp activities in our classrooms as well as in the neighboring and spacious Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows and Central Park.

This choice of outdoor space lends itself to free play and organized games as well as Educational Field Trips. Besides the zoos, the playgrounds, and the meadows of the various parks, the children will enjoy visits to the nearby Botanic Gardens and Children’s Museums as well as the local libraries.

While in the classroom, emphasis will be on Montessori Educational Exercises for Early Learners with special preparation for reading and number work. Older children will enjoy relating reading and number work with their field trips and their experiments in Science and Biology. Those having problems with math and reading can benefit a great deal from this program.

The All Day Children will have the opportunities to widen their experience even further through filed trips to the United Nations, The Natural History Museum, the Planetarium, the Aquarium, various zoos and museums and much more!

Our rainy day activities will include cooking, basic gymnastics (floor exercises) and elocution.

All will enjoy beginning swimming in one of our own yards and water play for the younger children on hot days.

Weekly trips for pony riding or pony cart riding and horses for the older children can be arranged for a special fee.

So that the children may have a well-rounded experience, we have planned excellent programs in Music and Movement, Arts and Crafts, and Language, culminating in an End-of-Camp Talent Show.

Children enrolled in the Summer Program will be given preference for September Admission. Children find the Summer Program an exciting experience and an easy transition between home and school.

The Summer will also give those unable to attend the Fall Session an opportunity to experience at least a short Montessori term. For young children who need to be phased in, summer is an excellent time to do so.

Does your Elementary or Junior High aged child need special help in Math, Reading or other subjects? We may have just the special program you’re looking for!

Please note that we have an excellent specialized High School Entrance Examination preparation course. Get an early start in preparing for TACHs, the Specialized Science High Schools Exams, or ERB’S.