Somerset Hills Montessori School

Preschool in Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

You will immediately feel at home in our 100 plus year house.
We provide a warm and loving environment for your child to grow & learn.

In addition to following the Montessori curriculum,
we also offer the extracurricular programs of music, computer and tumbling.

The school serves children from 18 months to 7 years old with
an accredited Kindergarten.

Child Ages:
1.5 years - 7 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 9am-2:30pm

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One basic idea of the Montessori Philosophy is that carried, unseen within each child is the person the child will become. To develop to the fullest physical, spiritual and intellectual potential, the child must have freedom – achieved through order and self-discipline.

To a child the world is full of sights and sounds which appear chaotic. From this chaos the child gradually creates order and learns to distinguish among the impressions which assails the senses. Dr. Maria Montessori created what she called The Prepared Environment. Among its features is an ordered arrangement of sequential learning materials, designed to be developmentally appropriate and aesthetically appealing. Used in the noncompetitive Montessori classroom, the materials allow each child to develop at his or her own rate.

The years between three and six are not only the prime time for laying an academic foundation, but most importantly the years when a child learns the ground rules for human behavior most easily. These are the years to help a child in preparing to take his or her place in the society through the acquisition of good habits and manners.

Dr. Montessori recognized that self-motivation is the only valid impulse to learning. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, offers activities, functions as a reference person and exemplar and observes the child constantly in order to help the process of “learning how to learn”, but it is the child who learns, motivated through the work itself, to persist in a chosen task.

The Montessori child is free to learn because of having slowly acquired an inner discipline from exposure to both physical and mental order. This is the core philosophy. Habits of concentration, perseverance and thoroughness established in the early years will produce a confident and competent learner in the later years.

The American Montessori Society emphasizes the importance of Montessori insights at all ages – for children and adults. Although traditionally in the United States, children begin Montessori at age three, the principles of self-motivated learning apply to all ages.


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