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A unique approach to early childhood education
that blends Montessori and Reggio Emilia practices.
A Montessori learning environment is a light, large, open space that allows children to move and discover. Dr. Maria Montessori designed materials with built-in gradations of struggle, to carefully increase challenge while enhancing the child’s engagement in the self-chosen task. This requires attention and concentration, and builds self-confidence and self-regulation. Students are proud of their new skills, with every milestone they accomplish on their own.
The Reggio Emilia approach, named for the Italian region in which it originated, is a child-centered, relationship-based, and inquiry-driven constructivist approach to learning. Children are seen as capable and able to make meaningful connections and explore self-expression through “The 100 Languages.” Educators serve as partners in learning through asking questions, listening, and creating documentation.
Children learn to self-advocate, recognize their own abilities and experience trial and error. Here, mistakes are important pathways to further development. As Maria Montessori said, “Never do for a child that which he can do for himself.”
Students learn by asking questions, having conversations, and developing the skills to genuinely listen to the ideas of others. Here, differing ideas and approaches make for a rich learning environment.
Breakthroughs happen as students investigate & articulate their understanding of new concepts—and the joy of finding their own success. Here, children are encouraged to use their innate skills to solve problems and engage in self-expression.
“School admissions can be daunting in NYC, but somehow Washington Market felt different – thoughtful, kind and caring. The process felt more like a conversation about the best interests of our children and family rather than an evaluation.”
– From a current WMS parent
“One of the things that we found so special about Washington Market is how exactly right it was for our two very different children - it has been a magical place for our kids to grow.”
“WMS is a warm and wonderful environment where children are encouraged to explore, learn and have fun. The school is its own force field of positive energy and love.”
Our students learn through discovery & play, and participate in classes: art, music, chess, library, movement, drama and more. Our teachers are highly-trained, dedicated educators who bring both their professional training as well as personal interest and passions to create a rich classroom environment.