The Cottage School joins The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)

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The Cottage School is proud to be a member of The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO).  

AERO is the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. Their network includes Montessori, Waldorf (Steiner), Public Choice and At-Risk, Democratic, Homeschool, Open, Charter, Free, Sudbury, Holistic, Virtual, Magnet, Early Childhood, Reggio Emilia, Indigo, Krishnamurti, Quaker, Libertarian, Independent, Progressive, Community, Cooperative, and Unschooling.

As a member of AERO, The Cottage School joins voices with schools and individuals around the world who are part of a change in education.

The Cottage School’s unique educational model fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We teach through immersion while creating a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. We celebrate each student as an individual. We consider each child’s individual needs, desires, passions and way of learning and we honor all areas of the child’s development: physical, social-affective and cognitive. We respect their natural development and pace so that our children learn organically. 

We are so grateful that, through AERO, we are internationally connected to like-minded educators and schools who realize how important, and necessary this teacher-pupil relationship-centered approach to education is. 


To learn more, visit https://www.educationrevolution.org


The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

End of the Year Play - The Cottage School Version of Mr. Popper's Penguins

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In learning how to read, children are often taught that “reading” is a skill that one develops to decode words, but it is not always offered related to context. One of the fundamentals of The Cottage School is to educate the children to become “life-long readers,” with an appreciation for the literature that they are being read or reading by themselves. In play acting, children not only develop literary skills and a love for literature, but they also develop confidence in expressing themselves through the creative process.

With this in mind, the children have been hard at work preparing for our annual school play.  Based on our Natural Science curriculum for this school year (Ecosystems), the elementary students wrote The Cottage School version of Mr. Popper’s Penguins that we will perform on June 7 at 9:45 am. The narrative of the play takes the characters to various ecosystems around the world: The Amazon Rainforest, The Sahara Desert, The Arctic Tundra, where they encounter many different creatures: coral Reef, fish, parrots, penguins, etc. As their adventure continues, they discover so much about the natural world!

Our elementary school students initiate their research at the beginning of the school year.  Then, they start the creative writing process.  They learn the editing process and how to revise.  The group works together during many classes to create a cohesive story that includes all members of the school through dialogue, singing, and dancing.   All students take part in the production; they are involved in the entire process – from painting scenery and helping with costumes to acting without the script.

The end of the school year play nurtures creativity linked to what they are studying. In addition, the experience of being part of a story, teaches children to appreciate literature by creating an environment in which the literature makes sense to them. By play acting the story, they “re-create it”; they comprehend it, and thereby, unite the learning experience.

Check out some photos below of the children creating the scenery for this year’s play. 

To learn more about The Cottage School visit www.thecottageschool.net

Open House on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, 9 - 11 am

We welcome friends and families to attend our Open House event, Wednesday May 15th, 2019 from 9am - 11am!

Families are invited to our Opening Circle, tour the school, and enjoy an informal conversation with Laura Soulages, Director of The Cottage School.  Please contact us here to RSVP.

If you are searching for a wonderful school in Somerset County that nurtures the whole child, come see what a typical day is like at The Cottage School.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

A Meeting with Tom O'Leary: Understanding Special Education Law on May 6th, 9:30 - 11:00 AM

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Join us on May 6th, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM, for our Meeting with Tom O’Leary: Understanding Special Education Law. Tom, attorney and parent of a child at The Cottage School, will be providing an overview of New Jersey law as it relates to the rights of parents and the legal responsibilities of school district with respect to children who are in private school placements. Tom practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction law, bad faith litigation, and special education law. A substantial focus of his practice concerns the legal rights of disabled individuals, including special education, the American with Disabilities Act, and accommodations for “high stakes” testing including licensing examinations. Tom advises parents regarding eligibility, evaluations and the preparation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and assists them in obtaining accommodations for their children under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act. 

To RSVP, please sign up here.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Open House on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 - 9 am - 11 am

We welcome friends and families to attend our Open House event, Wednesday April 10th, 2019 from 9am - 11am!

Families are invited to our Opening Circle, tour the school, and enjoy an informal conversation with Laura Soulages, Director of The Cottage School.  Please contact us here to RSVP.

If you are searching for a wonderful school in Somerset County that nurtures the whole child, come see what a typical day is like at The Cottage School.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net


Robotics Program at The Cottage School!

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We're excited to introduce a new six week Robotics Program to our Elementary students, with the help of the Peapack-Gladstone Library. Our first session was on Monday, March 25th, and the students were thrilled throughout their initial encounters with the robots.


Below are some details on the program:

  • Each class will be approximately 45 minutes

  • They will start by learning basic movements forward and backward, left and right. 

  • They will progress by teaching the robot how to do multiple sequences of maneuvers. 

  • Overtime they will teach the robot to navigate through the story map. The story map will be based on our school play. They will program the robot to navigate a map that visits the different ecosystems: the Antarctic, the Sahara desert, the rain forest and, a coral reef. 

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net


Positive Discipline with Dr. Jason Rodker and Laura Soulages, April 1st and April 8th, 2019 - 9:30 -11:00 am

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Join us for Mondays on Education, A Positive Discipline workshop with Dr. Jason Rodker and The Cottage School’s Director, Laura Soulages, on April 1st, and April 8th, 9:30 - 11:00 am. These are both free workshops for adults and we encourage friends and parents to bring their friends!

We will be discussing distinguished licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor, educator, and mother of seven, Jane Nelsen’s book, “Positive Discipline.” In it, she tells us that “The key to positive discipline is not punishment, but mutual respect.”

An approach to discipline based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities, and teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.

To RSVP, please sign up here.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Educational Workshop for Adults on 'Occupational Therapy For Every Child' April 11th, 2019 - 7:00 - 8:00pm

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Join us on Thursday, April 11th, 7:00 - 8:00pm to learn about the positive impacts occupational therapy (OT) can have for every child's’ cognitive, social, and physical well being. This workshop, facilitated by three occupational therapy graduate students, will promote the health benefits of receiving occupational therapy services, discuss strategies that can be used at home and in the community, and address common misconceptions about occupational therapy.

Juana Guglielmino, Arielle Leva, and Isabel Iwachiw are second-year occupational therapy graduate students from Kean University.

Juana helped with The Cottage School’s summer program for many years and then taught preschool and elementary for a year before entering the graduate program. She found occupational therapy because of her love for working with children and she believes that OT is for everyone.   

Arielle found occupational therapy as a second career. She comes from a background in environmental studies and believes that connection to nature is essential for health and well-being. Her interests lie in integrating the natural world and occupational therapy to promote healthy development and an invaluable sense of wonder.

As a former athlete, Isabel values and appreciates the benefits of physical activity and the positive outcomes it can yield with respect to emotional, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. Her occupational therapy graduate school experience, coupled with being a lifelong athlete, has guided her interest in child development and the positive benefits of play and physical activity.

To RSVP, please sign up here.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Open House on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 - 9 am - 11 am

We welcome friends and families to attend our Open House event, Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 from 9am - 11am!

Families are invited to our Opening Circle, tour the school with Kirby Baldwin, and enjoy an informal conversation with Laura Soulages, Director of The Cottage School.  Please contact us here to RSVP.

If you are searching for a wonderful school in Somerset County that nurtures the whole child, come see what a typical day is like at The Cottage School.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Choosing a Young K / Kindergarten Program for Your Child

Choosing a young kindergarten or kindergarten program for your child is an important decision, and there are many different options to navigate. When doing your research, it’s vital to understand what makes a high-quality program.

While many parents’ primary concerns are around their kindergartener’s academic skills (i.e., reading, writing, and mathematics), it is also critical to consider the social, emotional, and physical aspects of childhood development. Research has shown that the elements of a classroom’s climate that support early learning include:

  • Close relationships between teachers and children

  • Opportunities to learn socially from peers

  • Classroom materials that invite open-ended play and exploration

  • Classroom schedules that give children adequate time to complete their work

  • Activities that combine learning standards (e.g., math and language simultaneously) (Christakis)

The importance of ample time for play in a young k/kindergarten program cannot be overstated, and high-quality programs acknowledge and reflect the research that play is the fundamental building block of cognitive, emotional, and social development.

Benefits of play include:

  • Improved memory

  • Better mathematical skills

  • Higher test scores

  • Decreased mental fatigue

  • Greater impulse regulation

  • More complex language skills

Here are some signs to look for when seeking out a high-quality young k or kindergarten program:

✔Small student-teacher ratio and class size

✔ Individualized learning plans to honor different learning styles and needs

✔ Child-centered environment

✔ Emphasis on social-emotional development

✔ Play-based, experiential learning

✔ Ample daily outdoor and free play

✔ Cross-disciplinary approach to learning that integrates the arts, foreign languages, and movement

✔ Positive approach to discipline

✔ Holistic portfolio assessment to assess students’ progress, rather than traditional tests

✔ Pace that supports a child’s natural development and interests

✔ Strong connection and communication between home and school

✔ Meets and exceeds New Jersey Core Curriculum standards

✔ Healthy lunch program

The Cottage School Young K / Kindergarten Curriculum

We believe in the organic education of our students and consider all aspects of the child’s development to be important. We integrate the arts and academics in all traditional subjects, and honor creativity in all subjects of learning, building confidence in students by allowing mistakes as a valid way to learn.

How Do We Teach Reading & Writing?

Language Arts

The Cottage School places great importance on the learning process to develop patterns of learning. Literary skills are developed not just to decode words for reading and writing but to foster comprehension, sequence, vocabulary, creative thinking, memory skills, and an appreciation of literature. All literature chosen is in its original unabridged format.

  • Reading, copying text in print and cursive, illustrating and familiarization of poems and stories

  • Language games

  • Playacting: drama and recitation

  • Storytelling

Rhythmic Writing

Rhythmic writing is a musical approach to writing that helps develop handwriting, hand-eye coordination, concentration, spatial sense, and focus. Children experience writing with their bodies, not just with intellect, understanding how individual parts of their scribble relate to the whole.

How Do We Teach Mathematics?

Children are introduced to math creatively and authentically through rhythm, movement, games, puzzles, blocks, and counting pebbles, seeds and shells. They measure when baking, playing with water and sand, and gardening. Origami, jump rope, hopscotch, knitting, weaving, and beanbag counting games develop math concepts. These activities improve coordination, concentration, and counting abilities. Certain concepts are learned using concrete elements and games. Geometry is absorbed and spatial sense is developed by practical experiences such as origami, painting, dancing, rounds, and playing with blocks and wooden forms.

  • Counting: ascending and descending scales

  • Estimation and comparison

  • Addition and subtraction

  • Introduction to time, money and measurement

  • Fractions

  • Writing numbers and simple operations in blank books

  • Math games

  • Daily mental calculations

  • Mazes

  • Board games

  • Simple origami and collage (geometry)

Foreign Languages

Spanish and French are learned through immersion by singing folk songs, play-acting, traditional games, reading aloud (original prose, poetry, and folktales) and speaking to the children as a parent would at home. This natural approach helps the students master other foreign languages later in life.

Natural Sciences & Social Studies 

The teachers sustain a permanent attitude of “discovery” and experiential thinking during the class. Great importance is placed on the quality of materials.

  • Hands-on experiments

  • Gardening

  • Geography

  • Cultures

  • Weather and seasons

  • Plants

  • Animals

  • The Universe

In addition, once per semester, the students are assigned a natural science topic to research, study, and create an oral presentation to give to their peers, which allows them not only to learn in-depth about the topic, guided by their areas of natural curiosity, but also to develop self-confidence and comfort with public speaking.

The Arts & Music

  • Painting and drawing

  • Weaving

  • Felting

  • Finger knitting

  • Recorder

  • Daily singing

Physical Education & Movement

  • Folkdancing

  • Traditional games

  • Creative movement

  • Outdoor play

  • Yoga

Special Activities

  • Baking: Breads, cookies, cakes, rolls and pizza

  • Festivities

  • Guest speakers

  • Field trips

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Open House on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 9 am - 11 am

We welcome friends and families to attend our Open House event, Wednesday February 27th, 2019 from 9am - 11am!

Families are invited to our Opening Circle, tour the school with Kirby Baldwin, and enjoy an informal conversation with Laura Soulages, Director of The Cottage School.  Please contact us here to RSVP.

If you are searching for a wonderful school in Somerset County that nurtures the whole child, come see what a typical day is like at The Cottage School.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net


Bullying in the Age of Technology Workshop, Monday, February 25th, 9:30-11:00 am

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Join us for our Mondays on Education: “Bullying in the Age of Technology” workshop led by Dr. Jason Rodker, a current Cottage School parent, Monday, February 25th, 9:30 - 11:00 am.

What is a parent's role when their child is the victim of bullying? What should a parent's role be when their child is the bully? How might we go about reducing the incidence and impact of bullying? Such questions become even more complicated in the highly technological and media saturated world in which our children live. In this workshop, we will discuss ways of helping children to deal with the interpersonal problems of bullying and victimization. Special focus will be given to some of the most common approaches to intervention, as well as possible new ways of addressing this issue.

Dr. Jason Rodker earned his undergraduate degree, as well as a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, from Rutgers University. During his training he worked in a therapeutic school for children and adolescents at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. While earning his doctorate in Child-Clinical/School Psychology at Pace University, he continued his training by working with adolescents and young adults dealing with anxiety and depression, adjustment to life transitions, gender and sexual identity issues, and relationship difficulties. During his internship and fellowship training at Youth Consultation Service, Dr. Rodker developed specialties in child and play therapy. He has worked with children of all ages and with a variety of presenting issues, including disruptive behaviors, mood dysregulation, adjustment difficulties, attachment issues, and trauma. As a certified school psychologist, Dr. Rodker has worked on Child Study Teams in traditional and alternative school environments. Dr. Rodker currently works in private practice with children, adolescents, and adults, working with individuals and families.

If you’re interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP here.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Alumni Profile and Interview for Francisco Guglielmino: The First Cottage School Student

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Francisco and his friends are the founding students of The Cottage School, which started as a playgroup with five children seventeen years ago.  In 2004, Francisco and classmates graduated from preschool to kindergarten, and they ended the year putting on “The Wizard of Oz” as a play.

During this interview, Francisco shares some of his memories from The Cottage School and talks about the importance of his early childhood education and what he is passionate about today. Francisco recalls moments during morning circle when students would play with wooden blocks:

“We would all make such different things and it's so cool because it all came out of a basket just full of tiny little colored wooden cubes, and that was it, but we all brought our own imagination, brought ourselves into it, and were able to make so much art out of something so simple.”

For the full interview, listen to the audio recording.

We can now say that our graduates have not only transitioned out of The Cottage School with ease, but have excelled in institutions that followed. Looking back at what Francisco’s AP Biology High School teacher wrote:

“Francisco’s most outstanding characteristics are his exceptional creativity, intelligence, work ethic, focus, optimism, perseverance, personality and intellectual analysis. His work was timely and done with creativity, attention to task and care. Francisco designed and presented a three-dimensional pop-up book, worthy of publication, that illustrated the functions of seven major plant hormones.”

Francisco is now a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston in the Honors Program of the School of Communication. He is also the Creative Director of Index Magazine and the Art Director of Raiz, a bilingual magazine at Emerson.

Francisco is a well-rounded young man. He is very social, kind and intelligent. He likes to take challenges and passionately immerses himself in projects he loves. Francisco has a variety of interests in music, sciences, foreign languages, photography, filming, drawing, designing, reading and spending time with friends and family.

He built a great foundation at The Cottage School not only academically, but also creatively and innovatively. In his own words, he explains, “I think ultimately The Cottage School taught me to question myself, but in the best ways possible. It taught me to ask questions, the how’s and why’s, to solve issues and elaborate on my own ideas to give me confidence to create my own projects and think okay, how am I going to do this when I only had the idea about how it's going to get done. How can I bring other people into it and make it a collaborative experience, whereas this isn't like asking questions to doubt myself, it’s the opposite. Its asking questions to empower ideas and then make them a reality. I think there’s something invaluable in that, telling a child that their idea can come to fruition and their dream can become a reality.” - Francisco Guglielmino, 19 years old

Francisco wrote his first play script at the age of five.  He continued writing stories throughout his childhood, and he wrote several scripts between the ages of six and twelve that were brought to life at The Cottage School. He has always helped at the school mentoring and teaching younger students in his free time. In addition, this past summer he designed our new logo and helped build our new website! Thank you, Francisco!

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

The Cottage School Alumni Profile and Interview – Emily Vasconez

We are so proud that the children who attend The Cottage School go on to become socially confident students and strong leaders amongst their peers.  We’re also thrilled when we hear that they look back fondly on their time here at The Cottage School. 

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Emily Vasconez was enrolled at The Cottage School since she was 2 1/2 years old, so she was able to take advantage of all that we offer here – beginning with the playgroup, transitioning to the preschool and finally through the elementary school.

Emily completed 6th grade at The Cottage School, transferred to a public school in 7th grade, and was able to easily adjust to a different system of education. Not only is she thriving academically, testing above her grade level in reading, she is also very helpful with her classmates and has begun tutoring younger students. She comes back to visit The Cottage School often and during her last visit,  we asked her to tell us a bit about her experiences transitioning to a public school setting after leaving The Cottage School.

During this impromptu interview, Emily talks here about her experience tutoring other students, how she easily made friends when she changed schools, her experience transitioning to a test taking education model and how she is passionate about her studies, especially math!  She also discusses how The Cottage School helped to foster her creativity and how it is apparent in her current school work. 

As a bilingual student, whose home language is Spanish, she was able to speak up for other students who were not fluent in English when they couldn’t understand why they were being teased. 

For parents that have questions about how the children develop in a small alternative school setting and transition later on, this is a great way to hear first hand from a Cottage School student!

We asked her to write a bit about her experiences here at The Cottage School and she gave us permission to share here.

Here’s what she had to say:

“The Cottage School is wonderful and I had an amazing learning experience there. At The Cottage School, you experience this whole other dimension of creativity that no other schools have. I ,for one, have experienced this and I have done things that I thought were impossible to do. With the help of amazing teachers and the bolster they gave me and the wonderful creativity of the school, I was able to write a play.  Then, with the help of my classmates and teachers, we made the play come to life.

I also learned during the years that I was at the school, that creativity has no limit and if you have the proper tools and imagination, you can create anything. During these years, I watched how our classmates helped each other out and how we cared for one another.

This school has taught me to never let anything stop me from being creative and to care for others and to have a fun learning experience.

Thank you, The Cottage School, for letting me be in a amazing place of creativity and fun learning.  This is a school that I will never forget being in and experiencing the fun I had every day.” – Emily Vasconez , 13yrs old

You can listen to the whole interview on the right.

Free Workshops on Mindfulness with Dr. Antoinette Welsh, January 24th & January 28th

We welcome Cottage School parents and friends to our Mindfulness workshops! Please note that our workshops are for adults only.

Mindfulness is becoming a popular method for use with children to help them to learn to center themselves, become aware of their emotions, and improve focus. Current Cottage School parent, Toni Welsh, will discuss what mindfulness is, what its benefits are, and how to incorporate it into daily life.

Dr. Antoinette Welsh is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York specializing in neuropsychology who works with individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, memory loss, brain tumors, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, and other conditions affecting cognitive functioning. Toni (Dr. Welsh) has an interest in mindfulness, particularly the effects of mindfulness based interventions on cognitive functioning. She has had experience running mindfulness groups with a variety of populations including The Cottage School students and enjoys using mindfulness techniques within her own family.

After graduating from Lafayette College with Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, Dr. Welsh went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University. She completed a concentration in neuropsychology, focusing her studies and clinical experience in both adult and pediatric neuropsychological assessment, including training at the New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.  

Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at The Cottage School at 224 Main Street, Gladstone, NJ 07934

Monday, January 28th at 9:30 am to 11:00 am: ‘Mondays on Education’ at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 9 E Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945 (Google Maps)

If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please RSVP here. Please note that our workshops are for adults only.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net



Open House at The Cottage School - Wednesday, January, 16 2019 - 9 am - 11 am

We welcome friends and families to attend our Open House event, Wednesday January 16, 2019 from 9am - 11am!

If you are searching for a wonderful school in Somerset County that nurtures the whole child, come see what a typical day is like at The Cottage School.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Folkdancing for Adults

This spring semester, The Cottage School is pleased to offer free folkdancing classes for adults. Our programs are open to current Cottage School parents, as well as to the public!

Please see below for program details:

Folkdancing for Adults

Second Semester Session: 02/11/19 to 05/30/19

  • Thursdays: 1:55 to 2:25 pm

  • Free

If you would like to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Zumba Classes for Kids

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This spring semester, The Cottage School is pleased to offer zumba classes for children. Our programs are open to current Cottage School students and students enrolled elsewhere. Please see below for program details:

ZUMBA

Konny Fernandez, a Cottage School teacher, is a certified Zumba instructor. Konny's class will feature kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba choreography. She breaks down the steps, adds games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class. Laura Soulages, a seven-year Zumba instructor, will supervise the program.

Morning Zumba for Kids: 8-Week Package

Second Semester Session:  02/13/19 to 04/05/19 (no class 2/15/19 or 3/1/19)

  • Wednesday & Friday: 8:00 to 8:30 am

  • $150

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

Morning Zumba for Kids: 15-Week Package

Second Semester Session:  02/13/19 to 05/31/19 

  • Wednesday & Friday: 8:00 to 8:30 am

  • $300

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

Afternoon Zumba for Kids: 8-Week Package

Second Semester Session:  02/13/19 to 04/05/19 (no class 2/15/19 or 3/1/19)

  • Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30 - 1:00 pm

  • $150

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

Afternoon Zumba for Kids: 15-Week Package

Second Semester Session:  02/13/19 to 05/31/19 

  • Tuesday & Thursday: 12:30 - 1:00 pm

  • $300

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Afternoon Yoga Classes for Kids

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This spring semester, The Cottage School is pleased to offer yoga classes for children. Our programs are open to current Cottage School students and students enrolled elsewhere. Please see below for program details:

YOGA

Carrie Foster is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified kids yoga instructor. She has worked at many schools and yoga studios in town. Teaching yoga locally since 2013, she has years of experience with kids yoga, family yoga and meditation and mindfulness. During the 30 minute session at The CottageSchool, your child will learn different yoga breathing techniques, stretches, poses, yoga games, mindfulness activities and savasana. 

Afternoon Yoga for Kids

First Semester Session:  02/11/19 to 05/30/19

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 to  2:15 pm

  • $200 per 10 class session 

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective  learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net

Russian Language Immersion

This spring semester, The Cottage School is pleased to offer Russian Language Immersion for adults. Our Russian classes are open to all current parents and all members of the community. Please see below for further details.

In foreign language immersion, the focus of instruction is on the activity and not in the structure of the language. Students who are immersed in the language are able to experience a living-language. The structure is absorbed in a meaningful context. Grammar is absorbed naturally and taught as the understanding of the language develops.

Russian Language Immersion: 8-Week

Second Semester Session: 02/14/19 to 04/4/19

  • Thursdays: 1:10 to 1:55 pm

  • $200 per semester (8 weeks), one class per week

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

Russian Language Immersion: 15-Week

Second Semester Session: 02/14/19 to 05/30/19 (no class 4/25/19)

  • Thursdays: 1:10 to 1:55 pm

  • $400 per semester (15 weeks), one class per week

If you would like your child to participate in this program please fill out our registration form.

The Cottage School is a multicultural non-sectarian, non-selective  learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. Learn more at thecottageschool.net