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“At 2 1/2 years old, my daughter loves going to school each day and has learned so much. The most important teachings have been the life skills she has developed, such as patience, responsibility and independence. I'm couldn't be happier with The Children's House and my daughter's positive development.” —A parent
The Children’s House is a non-profit, non-denominational Montessori preschool that was established in 1966 and is currently located in Verona, NJ. In our 50th year, The Children’s House has been serving families in the West Essex community. Our children range from 2 ½ years old to 6 years old and come to us from Verona, Cedar Grove, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Belleville, Bloomfield, The Caldwells, Roseland, Essex Fells and West Orange.
We have a variety of programs available to meet the needs of children from age 2 1/2 to 6 years. Children ages 3-6 can enroll in our morning, afternoon, or full day program. A separate Young Three Program is available for children who have reached age 2 by April 1st. Children currently attending a morning kindergarten program may attend our kindergarten enrichment program. We also offer a Lunch Bunch program as well as After Care. For more information about any of our programs, click on the links below.
Everything in a Montessori classroom is designed to support the children in their growth and development. All of the materials and activities are prepared to assist the children in refining an existing skill or to introduce them to something new. Practical Life skills are practiced, their senses are awakened and they are exposed to math and reading concepts. Music and art are also important areas the children are exposed to. All of the furniture and equipment is scaled down to the children's size and is within easy reach.
Dr. Montessori described the child's mind between the time of birth and six years of age as the "absorbent mind". Dr. Montessori believed that children pass through sensitive periods of development early in life and it is during this stage that children have a tremendous ability to learn and assimilate from the world around them, without conscious effort. During this time, children are particularly receptive to certain external stimuli. A Montessori teacher recognizes and takes advantage of these highly perceptive stages through the introduction of materials and activities that are specially designed to stimulate the intellect.