Apple Montessori’s 15 NJ schools began offering at least two hours of daily live instruction via Zoom Video Communications from core academic subjects such as reading, spelling, science and math to specialty classes – yoga, music, art and sign language. Live instruction has also been supplemented by an expansive library of pre-recorded videos of academic lessons for their students.
Natasha Shah, a Morris Plains Apple parent, said “Naya has more activities than most of my colleagues’ kids and I’m proud to send her to Apple Montessori Schools,” she said. “It’s been refined and fine-tuned into a wonderful program that all the kids seem to be enjoying. Naya is so excited to see her teacher and friends via Zoom and feels like a big kid using the laptop/computer to access all the content.”
Apple Montessori has provided educational resources for use at home in addition to activities and games. Students, ages 4 and up, received videos of teachers providing instruction paired with educational worksheets that exercise the concepts from the lesson. Schools have also started providing support group conference calls for parents with infants and toddlers to discuss daily challenges and brainstorm solutions. In addition to the two-plus hours of live interaction between teachers and students per day, the staff collectively produced about 50 pre-recorded video academic lessons in the first week. Teachers have also shared resources with parents on how to make Apple’s materials at home. These materials are unique as they have to do with Apple Montessori’s practical life, hands-on learning approach (e.g., pouring, spooning, sorting, basting, tweezing, etc.).
“I am so impressed by how the school is handling this current situation,” said parent Melissa Andres, who has children at the Oakland and Wayne locations. “I’m actually shocked with how well prepared both schools are at this time. These are the times I realize how important Apple is for our children and our family.”
To learn more, about Apple’s 15 NJ schools for infant, toddler, pre-school and elementary age students located in Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Edison, Hoboken, Kinnelon, Mahwah, Metuchen, Morris Plains, Oakland, Randolph, Towaco/Montville, and Wayne. Visit Applemontessorischools.com.