"I chose Hudson Montessori School for three of my children because HMS offers each child a personal, individualized educational program that brings out the best of their abilities and personalities, while respecting their learning styles. After attending other public and private schools, I am certain that HMS has the most challenging curriculum available across all subject areas. The warm, safe, and peaceful environment and loving staff have become part of our extended home and family." (HMS Parent)
The education program at Hudson Montessori School offers a unique experience for all learners from Toddlers through Middle School.
Our program utilizes the Montessori method based on a philosophy and pedagogy set out over one hundred years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome. Her dynamic theories of education stemmed from her observations and experience with young children in Italy in the early 1900's.
Her method emphasizes the potential of the child and develops this potential through the use of a carefully prepared environment rich in specially designed materials. This provides experiences contributing to the child's mental, emotional, spiritual and physical growth.
Children are grouped in mixed-age classes that offer an opportunity for peer mentoring, collaborative work, and social interaction. The teacher (Director/Directress) acts as a facilitator or guide in the learning process. Through observation of the child, the teacher directs him/her to meaningful activity.
Emphasis is on inner motivation, using the child's natural curiosity and delight in discovery. All of this occurs in a nurturing environment, which builds upon the child's interests and offers activities that fit each individual's needs.
Our graduates transition well into the secondary school experience. Our students achieve success in high school as well as college, gaining admission to prestigious college preparatory and public high schools.
The Montessori method has withstood the test of time and today is considered a premier alternative learning program. Children who have attended a Montessori school are more confident in their abilities, motivated to achieve new levels of knowledge and have a love of learning.
How is Montessori different from traditional schools, and why does it matter? Angeline Lillard has written extensively on the subject, and is reviewed by Time, Scientific American, WebMD, The Washington Post, The Times of London, Fox News, and others.
The Toddler-Parent Program (18 months-3 years)
Our Toddler program was created for your toddler and a parent/caregiver to attend together. In an exploration of the world around them, children and adults will navigate this early learning experience together, making choices of how they will participate in play activities, story time, art, music and science and snack time. Not only is this a wonderful time for your toddler to interact with others, but also a time for adults to discuss topics which are of interest to parents of the young child.
Join us for morning sessions - one or two times a week.
The Children's House Program (2 1/2 - 6 year old)
(Half-day or All-Day program)
When you enter a children's house classroom at Hudson Montessori School, you will hear the sounds of learning and sense an atmosphere of warmth and caring. Our spacious classrooms offer an attractive and lively environment for the young child. They contain inviting and colorful manipulative materials to assist the child in the acquisition of reading, writing and number concepts. Physical geography, science and nature, the study of different cultures, Spanish language, art and music and movement classes are also an integral part of the child's early school experience.
The non-competitive nature of the classroom environment encourages children to work together, as well as independently. Children are also presented with activities to facilitate successful social and life skills.
There are many who hold, as I do, that the most important period of life is not
the age of university studies but the first one, the period from birth to age six.
That is the time when man's intelligence, his greatest implement, is being formed.
- Maria Montessori
The Elementary Years (Grades 1-6)
The Elementary age child is a part of a dynamic learning environment that fosters self-confidence and self-respect. The mixed-age grouping (6-9 year olds and 9-12 year olds) offers an opportunity for your child to learn the benefits and the techniques of working with others.
The rich curriculum includes the study of mathematics, geometry, literature and language, history, geography, and science (botany, zoology, physics, astronomy.) Students are involved in other activities such as Spanish, Music, Art and Physical Education. Community service, outdoor experiences, and field trips assist to broaden the students' perspectives.
Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to
force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination to enthuse him to
his innermost core.
- Maria Montessori
The Middle School Years (Grades 7 & 8)
Combining innovative teaching methods with traditional and cutting-edge curriculum, the Middle School program offers a unique learning experience. HMS students challenge and stretch their intellectual capacity through discussions and seminars, shared-inquiry, literary analysis, and learning by making connections between disciplines. Lab sessions and field studies in science, algebraic problem solving in math, digital discoveries, experiences in the arts and foreign language study along with learning the value of community service instill in our Middle School students a commitment to lifelong learning.
The Middle School at Hudson Montessori is committed to Dr. Maria Montessori's principles and provides an educational program that responds to an adolescent's individuality, motivating the student to discover by challenging her/himself, thus inspiring self-confidence.
Adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency toward creative work and
a need for the strengthening of self-confidence. - Maria Montessori