Our Programs

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TODDLER – NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021

Click below for a PowerPoint about MSN’s Toddler Program:

First Steps with Montessori Toddler

Your child’s first steps towards independence will be supported by the care and guidance provided at our school. The Montessori curriculum is designed to engage your child’s natural curiosity and eagerness to “do it myself.”

We offer a variety of flexible schedules to meet your child and family’s needs. Choose from morning-only or full-day options within a two, three, four, or five day schedule. We will work with you to create the perfect schedule.

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AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

18 MONTHS – 2 YEARS, 11 MONTHS


THE CHILDREN’S HOUSE

Preschool and kindergarten fall within what Dr. Montessori called the “First Plane of Development” (0-6 years old).

Your child’s sensory experience of the immediate environment is the way they have learned since birth. By experiencing materials and complexities in carefully-designed classrooms, children have the opportunity to develop their mental abilities fully, satisfy their natural inquisitiveness, and set the stage for a life of learning. Trained and experienced teachers help to guide them through this development, respecting each individual’s learning style and creativity.

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Click below for a PowerPoint about MSN’s Children’s House:

Children’s House: Grace & Courtesy

AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

AGES 2.9 – 5


ELEMENTARY

Elementary programs (grades 1-6) fall within what Dr. Montessori called the “Second Plane of Development”
(ages 6-12).

During the Elementary years of a child’s development, there is a shift from the concrete, sensorial exploration in the First Plane of Development to an expanding global vision. A student entering the Second Plane of Development is beginning to see the interconnectedness of all things. The Montessori materials and curriculum, along with a respectful and individualized learning environment, support the student’s desire to learn about their world.

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AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

AGES 6 – 13

 

Click below for PowerPoints about MSN’s Elementary Program:

Lower Elementary

Upper Elementary


MIDDLE SCHOOL

We help emerging adolescents discover and achieve their academic, social, and emotional potential by exploring their world, finding their place in it, and giving back. In our middle school students build confidence, competence, dignity, compassion, mindfulness, discipline, organization, initiative, self-reliance, the ability to work with others, and think critically and creatively. Our Montessori middle school students are then able to enter high school with the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to thrive. View our 2020 graduates here.

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AVAILABILITY

Monday – Friday

GRADES 7 & 8

 

Why to Choose MSN for Middle School


Summer Programs 2021

For children 18 months to 8th grade

SUMMER PROGRAMS at the Montessori School of Northampton offer a wide range of enriching and fun sessions for toddlers and all the way through middle school. Our summer sessions are inspired by the Montessori approach. The school is located in a peaceful, residential area convenient to downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91. Families often commute and carpool from surrounding towns such as Hatfield, Amherst, Williamsburg, Easthampton, Hadley, and the hilltowns.

  • Toddler programming helps engage children’s innate “do it myself” drive, with opportunities to hone physical and practical skills, learn social lessons and name their feelings while noticing the feelings of others.
  • The preschool curriculum includes theme based programming, focused art classes, an emphasis on practical life skills and extended outdoor exploration.
  • Aspects of the Montessori  academic experience from which elementary and middle school students will benefit include independent work  choices, respect and care for social relationships and  advanced practical life skills. Past summer classes have included LEGO Engineering, Digital Animation, Visual Arts, Youth Empowerment Anti-Racist workshops, Musical Theater, Cooking, Film & Videography, Graphic Novel/Comic Book Art, Outdoor Adventures, Podcasting, Dungeons & Dragons and more.

To see all of our 2021 summer offerings please visit our online course catalog.

This summer we will be taking very specific safety precautions to ensure the health of students and staff: requiring all students to wear masks, socially distance and routinely wash hands, keeping each classroom size lower than usual, daily health screenings, and emphasizing outdoor class as much as possible. Outdoor class time will occur under a large tent or on our expansive playgrounds.

Ages 18 months-14 years:

June 28 – August 28


EARLY BIRD / AFTER SCHOOL

We strive to support working families by providing options for early drop-off and late pick-up. The times of these programs are adjustable to suit the individual needs of each family.

CHILDREN’S HOUSE: 7:45-8:30 AM, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

ELEMENTARY: 7:45-8:45 AM, 3:15 – 5:00 PM

 

OUTREACH

“The aim of such an education indicates the desire to contribute to the good of all, to share in this cosmic goodness.”

-Maria Montessori

Over the course of the school year, individual classrooms, and the school community as a whole, work on projects to help local social service agencies. Classroom discussions take place about where the donations go and why participation is important. Elementary classrooms host speakers from local agencies who inform them of the populations their agency serve and what kind of assistance is needed.

Past projects at MSN include:

Manna Meals: Each classroom community is assigned a month during which its members make and deliver soup to the Manna Meals Soup Kitchen.

Northampton Survival Center: Three separate initiatives support the Survival Center. Winter and spring food drives are held, children’s books are collected year-round to stock the free bookshelf supporting early literacy, and gently used winter gear is collected at the start of the winter season.

Northampton Education Foundation: We support this local foundation by fielding a team to the Annual Spelling Bee fundraiser.

Our school responds to world events as well as caring for the ongoing projects listed above. Examples of these initiatives are: the collection of backpacks and school supplies for those affected by Hurricane Katrina; collection of toys and clothes for citizens of Haiti in the wake of the earthquake; and the collection of money to fund international disaster relief through ShelterBox USA, to support northern Japan following the devastating tsunami.

EVENTS OF THE YEAR

Throughout the year our community gathers together in celebration of many different aspects of life. Events include the Celebration of Peace, Harvest Gathering, Solstice Celebration, Pride, and a Culmination Ceremony at the close of the school year.

Here are a few other special events not to be missed at MSN.

Poetry Cafe: Lower Elementary students (and parents, if they wish) share poems they have written and/or memorized. This event was held virtually in Spring of 2020!

Science Share: Upper Elementary hosts an annual science fair. The Science Fair offers an opportunity for each Upper Elementary student to experience the scientific method (pose a question, create a hypothesis, test the hypothesis and analyze the results) and create a presentation for the school community!

Kindergarten Showcase: Our Kindergarten students showcase all they have learned in their mid-day “specials” classes, which include Art, Music, Spanish, and Outdoor Enrichment. This event was held virtually in Spring of 2020!

Field Day: An annual event each June, multi-age, cross-classroom teams enjoy a variety of fun outdoor events, ending with a special treat: watermelon!