Where the love of learning begins and carries children through their educational journey

Established 1989

Ridgewood Montessori School

70 Eisenhower Drive,

Paramus, NJ 07652

“If it is not enough for the teacher to restrict herself to loving and understanding children, she must first love and understand the universe.”

 

- Dr. Maria Montessori

Elementary Buddies

Give us a call for more information about our school. Ask to speak to Leah Kaplan, at 201-845-4356

elementary on nature walk Jind and Aaron writing Simon class pet guinea pig

Elementary Program

There are six compelling reasons why a Montessori Elementary education adds significant value to the future success of your child.

1.   A Montessori Elementary education gives lessons more than most traditional programs

      to develop independent and critical thinking skills. Elementary students learn to balance

      a striking degree of freedom with a sense of responsibility and self-determination.

      They learn to allocate their time between academic responsibilities and caring for their

      classroom environment.

2.   A Montessori Elementary education gives lessons and presentations that nurture and

      honor the multiple intelligences of each child. It addresses the needs of children who

      learn by doing, seeing, hearing, dancing, drawing, socializing and listening to their inner

      self because it follows the child and changes the environment to enhance learning.

3.   A Montessori Elementary education offers children a wider array of academic work.

      You may walk into a Montessori classroom and see a group of students conducting an

      experiment to demonstrate the differences between acids and gases. You may see

      another group of children learning about and discussing famous artists. All the different

      work exposes, encourages, and invites each child to learn concepts and ideas about

      history, geology, mathematics, language, chemistry, biology, art and different cultures.

4.   A Montessori Elementary education offer children a community that is dedicated to

      creating a peaceful world.  We are committed to giving children a Cosmic Education

      and teaching universal values of respect, tolerance and trust.

5.   A Montessori Elementary education does more to celebrate differences and

      understanding world cultures.  We involve the whole family in activities that foster

      intercultural understanding and a playful exploration of the global village.

6.   Our Montessori Elementary School was created out of a personal story and ambition to

      have school be a joyous and positive experience.

When I was younger, school was not fun, it was just something everybody had to do – go to school, learn something, memorize it and then write it back on a test.  My decision to extend our School to include Lower Elementary was based on the request of parents and my own dream to have school, especially in the early years of elementary, be a fun, peaceful, secure place to learn, explore and develop a sense of independence.  Our students are curious learners who have hands-on lessons and experience all the wonders of the classroom.  

Our plan was to have two Lower Elementary classrooms filled by the fifth school year.  In our second year, we had both classrooms filled and by year three we had a waitlist.

My dream was realized the day we opened our Elementary School doors in 2011 and then again in June 2014 when we graduated our first class of Lower Elementary students.  What a proud moment for them, their parents, their teachers and me as we knew they were well on their way to great things, with a love of learning and the ability to solve, create and make a difference in the world.

 

Ms. Imbrogno, Director, Head of School

Our Elementary Program continues to grow and flourish as we now include 6th grade.  We believe it is important to prepare a child for “what’s next” for them, after they move on from our school.  For the majority, it is to a more traditional school.  Therefore, we decided that starting with our third graders, our students will take the SAT10 standardized test, both to prepare students for taking these type of exams and to benchmark the education we are providing.  Their results were phenomenal, scoring way above their grade.  We believe this is due to teaching students to think, not teaching to a test.  The best result was the feedback we received from the 3rd graders themselves when they finished the exam.  Their comments included “that was fun!”, “can we do more?” and “that went fast”.  How often do you hear a child ask for more testing?

Again, one of the many beneficial aspects of the Montessori classroom is the emphasis on following the child.   Equally important is making sure that our children are adhering to and exceeding the state standard guidelines.  Below is an overview of our Lower Elementary Curriculum.

Language:

The main areas of our Language Curriculum are reading and phonics, writing, grammar and work study.  The pink, blue and green Montessori reading series are used in the classroom for both reading and writing.  We also use a leveled reading laboratory, SRA, in our daily work.  This allows children to learn at their own pace as they strengthen their reading, comprehension and word study.  Aside from independent reading, children read in small and large groups, and have access to our school library.  Grammar is introduced through key lessons, and children learn the different grammar symbol that are used in diagramming sentences and identifying the parts of speech.  Writing begins with sentence structure and progresses to paragraphs, stories, creative writing and research papers.  We also focus on handwriting and encourage our students to use proper formation and spacing in their writing.

 

Math:  

In our Math Curriculum, students use the Montessori materials to understand place value as well as the different operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  Children begin using materials to understand a concept concretely and then work towards abstraction.

 

History:

Our History Curriculum begins with Montessori’s Great Lesson of the Story of the Universe.  From this, children study the laws of the universe through different lessons and experiments.  We discuss different ways humans mark the passing of time, including tally marks, calendars, timelines and clocks.  We also study the fundamental needs of people and focus on a different civilization with the older children.

 

Geography:

Our studies begin with a large concept, such as the continents and the oceans, and gradually become more specialized as we focus on specific continents.  We also study the biomes and cultures of these continents, as well as physical geography, which includes the layers of the earth, land and water forms of each continent, volcanoes, the rock cycle and map skills.

 

Science:

Our Science Curriculum includes botany, zoology and physical science, which are studied throughout the year.  Children learn how scientists categorize organisms in order to study them.  We begin with a lesson about living versus non-living things, and then focus on more specific topics in botany and zoology.   In our science lab, children conduct hands-on experiments, such as the growth of hay as seen through microscopes, mag-lev technology as well as growing and maintaining our hydroponics tower.

 

Specials:

Children have art, music, physical education, library, Spanish and technology classes weekly.  The classroom and specials teachers work together to combine themes and lessons in order to create an integrated curriculum.  Aside from Spanish classes, the children have immersion Spanish in their classrooms as they become more proficient in the language.

 

Yearly themes:

Each year we focus on different themes that coincide and enhance our curriculum.  Some examples are:  peace and conflict-resolution, bucket fillers, sharing and celebrating our differences, the Presidential election, Native Americans of North America and nature studies.  We also focus on seasonal themes throughout the year that are supplemented by field trips.  

Finally, each Spring, we have “One Book, One School”, where the entire Elementary school, both students and staff, read the same book using the same syllabus.