“Phase-in” Schedule for 2018-19 school year:

Phase-in schedule for Tinyz classroom:
September 4-6: 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
September 10-13:  8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
September 24-27: 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
end of phase-in

Phase-in schedule for new 3 year-olds, attending AM (Miss Jane’s 3-6 classroom):
September 4: Returning students only, regular schedule
September 5-6: 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
September 10-11: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
September 12-13: 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
September 17: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
end of phase-in

Phase-in schedule for new 3 year-olds, attending PM (Miss Jane’s 3-6 classroom):
September 4: Returning students only, regular schedule
September 5-6: 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
September 10-11: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
September 12-13: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
September 17: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 pm
end of phase-in

What is Phase-in?

At Morningside Montessori School we have experienced, the best approach to introducing a new child into the Montessori environment is through a process which we call ‘Phase-in’. Phase-in is carefully designed and implemented to create a peaceful and welcoming experience for your child and takes place over 3-7 days. This period may be shortened if we feel your child is adapting well to the new transition or lengthened if necessary.  Parents are asked to drop off their child and leave the school during phase-in.

The brief time during phase-in allows the child to become familiar with the environment and how it operates, without concern of becoming overwhelmed or frustrated with long time periods to which he or she may not yet be accustomed. Typically, separation anxiety is minimal due to the gradual lengthening of time experienced in a new environment. This is comforting and reassuring to the child. Our goal is for your child to develop a sense of ownership and confidence as they define the classroom as their personal space.

Phase-in is also an opportunity for your child to establish a rapport with his or her guide. This is crucial so that each child develops a sense of trust in the adults with whom he or she will be working, assisting the child in feeling safe and secure.

An expression of caring and sharing unfolds as the other children welcome new friends in to join the community. The learning environment will be stimulating and exciting; it is a place where independence, freedom and choice rule. The children will gradually learn how to handle this choice and freedom while respecting and caring for each other, the materials in the environment, and the classroom!


The first month of establishing the energy of the classroom community is so important for your child to feel comfortable and secure.  Because of this, we strongly suggest parents prepare their child for drop off.  While dropping your child off at school, it is very important to have short, sweet goodbyes.  Long, drawn out pleadings will not help your child be engaged as it prolongs the “phase-in” time.  If your child becomes anxious and upset when you drop him/her off,  we are happy to attend to your child in every way to comfort and help them take the next step. Your child will almost always settle in after a few minutes as we interest him/her in an activity.   It helps your child feel secure to know and hear that you are coming back and will meet him/her in the same place. Practicing a short ritual for saying goodbye at home for a week or so before the start of school has helped many families. Because we want the children to have a good experience right from the start, our first days in September are shorter than our normal 3 hour work period to allow for this adjustment time. (this time is most important)  If you have a child enrolled for the ALL DAY program, you may need to find outside childcare help for the first 2 weeks of “Phase In.” 

Please contact Miss Jane or Miss Linda for any questions.