Summer Programs


Chris Scanlon

Chris Scanlon

For over 40 years the Montessori School of Northampton has offered exciting and engaging programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. 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.

Summer programs at the Montessori School of Northampton offer a wide range of enriching and fun sessions for toddler through middle school age children. Our programs are inspired by the Montessori approach. The toddler and 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.

Your child will join our skilled and inspired staff for fun in the sun, shade and water. Each two week session features a resident artist in music, crafts, nature, movement or theater who works with the children on theme-related projects. Our program has a low teacher-to-child ratio so our staff can give lots of individualized attention and create a relaxed summer pace for the children. The program features fun outdoor play in a park-like setting with a garden, nature exploration areas, wading pools, water play (PM only), and a large children’s playground. We offer indoor fun in one of the best-equipped, most beautiful classroom environments in the Pioneer Valley.

Click on the Montessori Toddler tab for children ages 18 months to 2 years 11 months.

Click on the Children’s House tab for children ages 2 years 9 months to 6.

Click on the Elementary tab for children ages 6 to 12.

Once you see what we have to offer for the summer, you may want to look at our school year programs for the future. For more information, please call Laura Frogameni, Admissions Director, at 413-586-4538, ext. 103.

— Chris Scanlon
Summer Program Director

The Montessori School of Northampton is accredited by the Association of Independent School of New
England (AISNE) and the American Montessori Society (AMS).

Watch for Summer 2018 program and registration info in early 2018

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation of attendance will be sent to you within ten days by email as space and match is determined. Once a program is full, we will automatically place additional applicants on a waiting list in the order in which they are received. In this case, parents will be notified in writing, and deposit checks will be returned. Families on the waiting list will be notified as soon as an opening occurs and tuition for the program will be due at that time.

Montessori School of Northampton
Attn: Summer Program Director

51 Bates St
Northampton MA 01060

Payment Plans:

There are 3 options for payment. Please choose one and indicate it on the registration form.
1. FULL PAYMENT
Enclose full payment with registration.
2. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
Pay in full by April 15th and save $25 off your total.
3. DEFERRED PAYMENT
Pay half by April 17th and half by May 15th

Refund Policy:

 A 75 percent refund will be given to those withdrawing prior to June 1, 2017.
 A 50 percent refund will be given to those withdrawing after June 1, 2017 and before summer program begins on June 26, 2017.
 No refunds will be given after summer program begins on June 26, 2017.
 All refund requests must be submitted in writing to Summer Director Chris Scanlon by the dates listed on the refund policy.
 The $25 application fee is non-refundable

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Click here to view and/or print the 2017 summer catalog

Summer 2017

Montessori Toddler
June 26-August 18, 2017 Ages: 18 mos – 2.11 yrs

Montessori Toddler enrolls children who are 18 months to 2 years and 11 months of age at the time of admission.

Session I:
June 26 – July 7 (Closed Tuesday, July 4)
Session II:
July 10-21
Session III:
July 24-August 4
Session IV:
August 7-18

Half Day $475 (8:30-12:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM snack provided}
Full Day $550 (8:30-4:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM/PM snack provided}

This exciting program takes advantage of our facilities, beautiful summer weather, and children’s natural abilities. Our experienced, Montessori-trained Lead Teacher and support staff will guide the children through enriching activities that include: creative movement, arts and crafts, daily story time, singing, child-friendly cooking, out-door play and water play with focus on meeting toddlers’ growing emotional and cognitive abilities. The class is small (12 maximum) and is staffed by a Montessori Head Teacher/Toddler Certified Teacher and Assistant Teachers.

Practical Life: Focus on self-care.
Sensorial: Activities that encourage a child to explore the world around using all five senses.
Language: Books, singing, finger play, and lots of fun, spontaneous conversation.
Math: Hands on experience with number recognition as well as quantity.

Daily Schedule

8:30-9:00 AM – Arrival and greeting
9:00 AM – Planned outdoor activities and free play
10:00 AM – Snack time
10:30 AM – Planned activities and shelf work
11:30 AM – Lunch
12:00 – Half Day dismissal
12:30 PM – Rest time
1:45 PM – Free play
2:15 PM – Outside play
4:00 PM – Full Day Dismissal

Susan Jaafar is an AMS certified Montessori teacher and a DEEC certified toddler teacher. She has worked in preschool settings for over 30 years and spent the last 13 years running toddler focused summer programs. Susan is the Lead Toddler Teacher at MSN during the school year.

Online RegistrationClick Here to Enter

Yoga I

Children’s House
June 26-August 18, 2017     Ages: 2.9 – 6

Session I: Around the World
June 26 – July 7 (Closed Tuesday, July 4)
Session II: Storybook Adventures
July 10-21
Session III: Bugs & Bark
July 24 – August 4
Session IV: The Human Body
August 7-18

Half Day $425 (8:30-12:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM snack provided)
Full Day $500 (8:30-3:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM/PM snack provided)

Your child will join our skilled and inspired staff for fun in the sun, shade and water. Each two week session features a resident artist in music, crafts, nature, movement or theater who works with the children on theme-related projects. Our program has a low teacher-to-child ratio so our staff can give lots of individualized attention and create a relaxed summer pace for the children. The program features fun outdoor play in a park-like setting with a garden, nature exploration areas, wading pools, water play (PM only), and a large children’s playground. We offer indoor fun in one of the best-equipped, most beautiful classroom environments in the Pioneer Valley.

Daily Schedule

8:30-9:00 AM – Arrival and greeting
9:00 AM – First circle
9:15 AM – 3-and 4-year old art group
10:00 AM – Second circle
10:15 AM – 5-and 6-year old art group
11:00 AM – Outside play
11:30 AM – Lunch
12:00 PM – Half Day dismissal
12:15 PM – Rest time
1:15 PM – Free play
2:15 PM – Outside play and water play
3:00 PM – Full Day dismissal

Online RegistrationClick Here to Enter

Children's House - Brochure

100_1973For children 6-12 years of age we offer a wide range of programs that promote the arts, engineering, sports, culture, outdoors skills, cooking and film.

Click here to view/download the 2017 Summer Program Catalog

Listed below is the course schedule for summer 2015. Online registration is available or you may print out the summer catalog, complete the registration section, and mail with payment.


Summer 2017

All elementary full-day programs are 8:30am-3:00pm Monday-Friday unless otherwise indicated. Students bring a bag lunch.

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June 26-30 -Art Travelers: Art from Around the World - Grades 1-3

July 10-14 - Intro to STEM with LEGO ® - Grades 1-3

July 10-14 - STEM Challenge with LEGO ® - Grades 4-6

July 3-7 - Daytrippers - Grades 1-4

July 17-21 - Advanced Film &Videography - Grades 3-6

July 24-28 - Robotics using LEGO WeDo - Grades 1-3

July 24-28 - Robotics using LEGO® NXT - Grades 4-6

July 31-August 4 - Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art - Grades 3-6

August 7-11 Musical Theater Workshop - Grades 1-4

August 7-11 - Montessori Outdoor Adventures - Grades 4-8

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Play-Well TEKnologies was founded in 1997 and has run LEGO® building system programs for summer camps and after schools all across the country. Through the use of fun-filled Lego engineering and architectural projects, Play-Well helps children learn problem-solving skills and self-reliance while fostering creative expression.

EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM RUNS UNTIL 4:00 WEEKLY:

Summer Extended Care is filled on a first-come first-served basis. This program will run on any given week only if there is a minimum of 3 children enrolled, and has a maximum enrollment of 10 children. When signing up for the week, tuition is $50 per student per week. Please use the enrollment form to sign-up now.

DROP-IN: If you need summer Summer Extended Care (3:00-4:00) and have not previously signed up please contact Chris Scanlon, Summer Program Director, at 413-563-4645 or at summer@northamptonmontessori.org to see if spaces are available for the day(s) you need. There will be limited drop-in spaces. You will be billed bi-weekly for hours used at the rate of $12.80 per hour.

LATE PICK-UP POLICY: When parents are more than 10 minutes late in picking up their child at the end of their child’s scheduled day (12:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, or 4:00 PM), parents will be charged $1 per minute until their child is picked up. When you pick up your child, you will need to sign a late pick-up form that will be used for billing. If your child still has not been picked up after 15 minutes, your emergency numbers will be called until someone has been found to pick up your child.

LEGO STEM & LEGO ROBOTICS FAMILIES: LEGO programs end at 4:00 PM each day. We will not be offering Summer Extended Care after the 4:00 PM dismissal.

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