Elementary

Elementary


The Elementary program at Hudson Montessori adheres to the core principals of the Montessori philosophy: individualized learning, hands-on Montessori materials and blocks of uninterrupted work time. In addition, we have incorporated elements from modern research-based curriculum to complement our Montessori Curriculum at HMS. Teachers work with children in small group instruction, whole class instruction and individual lessons. The development of motivation through choice is cultivated with an individual work plan for each child.

Montessori materials provide a concrete representation of abstract concepts, which encourage a deeper understanding of math, grammar, science and history. There is an open-ended quality to the materials, which allow the child to learn by discovery, with the teacher standing by as a guide when direction is needed.

Building on the foundation of literacy skills developed in the primary class, children learn knowledge of an area of study through materials and instruction and then carry out their own research using books from the library. This kind of work appeals to the intellect of elementary level children who want to learn in increasing depth about the world around them. As Dr. Montessori wrote, “the elementary child has reached a new level of development…Now he is interested mainly in the how and why…the problem of cause and effect.”

Making Connections…

“The child seeks for independence by means of work; an independence of body and mind. Little he cares about the knowledge of others; he wants to acquire a knowledge of his own, to have experience of the world, and to perceive it by his own unaided efforts.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori 

At Hudson Montessori School we believe that learning becomes meaningful when it is connected to real life.  Integrating knowledge with various experiences provides for improved learning, increased interest and a willingness to try new challenges.

To foster respect, empathy and care, perseverance, gratitude and honesty, we will continue to provide numerous initiatives to make the learning experience memorable.

 Outdoor Classroom
To extend learning beyond the classroom walls, students will take day field trips and experience overnight camps.  Activities will be relevant to the curriculum and offer real life problem solving opportunities.  This educational experience inspires teamwork, leadership and self-confidence.
 STEAM
The STEAM approach at Hudson Montessori School integrates learning across various disciplines; making connections between the sciences, engineering, math, technology and art.
Children will continue to engage in hands-on, inquiry based activities that allow them to build on the concepts and skills they learn. 
To further our Engineering Curriculum, we will continue to work with engineers in the community who will mentor our students.
 Computer Science, Robotics, and Technology Education
We now have a dedicated lab for technology. Students can use this room to undertake web based research, 3D printing, programming and robotics. Computer Science will continue to be part of the Science Curriculum. This year our 3rd to 5th graders will train for the computer Science section of the Continental Math League.  Apart from learning how to use technology and its applications students learn about internet security, parts of the computer, the history and how it has revolutionized the world today. Children will also be introduced to coding and will have an opportunity to showcase their work during Computer Science Week (December 5   – December 11)
 Music and Choir
Our music teacher, has assembled and conducted our Hudson Montessori Children’s Choir.  The choir will continue our outreach to Jersey City, New York City and other neighboring communities through music and songs.
 Music Appreciation
This year, our Upper Elementary students will be taking Music Appreciation. The class is a culmination of the basics of music theory, a survey of different musical styles, and music history. We will ”explore” what music is, how it began, and how it evolved throughout the ages into what we hear today.
 Jazz Band
This program engages young minds in the harmonious realm of the musical arts.  Students will freely choose to play a wide variety of instruments, ranging from the piano, guitar, drums, ukulele, violin, triangle, and even the trumpet!  Individual or small group lessons will be given weekly for intensive learning.  Ultimately, our goal is to have students express their musical talents seeking their highest potential and, most importantly, to produce the brightest and most creative minds of the future.
 Model UN
The Montessori Model United Nations is an amazing opportunity for our children to have exposure to real life problem solving. This model educates the whole child, infuses respect and civility, helps students formulate thoughts, and develops critical thinking skills.  In fourth grade, students will learn how to work in partnership, practicing research, writing, debating and negotiating.  From March 8-10, 2017, they will attend the MMUN at the United Nations that will prepare them to learn every aspect of the UN Activity.
Character Development
Our students will be participating in an interactive program linked to Common Core Standards and extending Maria Montessori’s grace and courtesy guidelines.  The objectives for this program is to bring lessons in character development and conflict resolution through real and creative experiences found within various narratives and through discussion based dialogues. 
 Physical Education and Tennis
Physical Education twice each week and Tennis once a week continues to be provided by Coach James Alfalla who has been involved in the tennis world for well over 20 years. Tennis Approach believes strongly in starting kids early with proper movement drills and games as well as teaching them correct modern stroke technique.  Tennis Approach had developed its own eclectic approach for teaching kids.  Their  approach not only helps a naturally coordinated athletic child but really helps that child that is struggling with motor skill and hand-eye coordination.
 Spanish
Spanish is the language we study as our foreign language.  The goal is for our students to acquire conversational skills by the end of the school year.  Our approach to Spanish is immersive.  Through the communicative approach, our students will be immersed in different contexts and situations where they will be required to use the target language to communicate their thoughts and ideas. 
 Math League
Math League is conducted by Discovery 101.  This program emulates the math curriculum taught in Singapore, where students top the world in math achievement.  The program focuses on problem solving and in-depth understanding of math skills outlined by the US Common Core Standards.
Public Speaking
“Aim for the Stars” program will be conducted by Prime Achievers.  Their goal is to take our students and enhance their public speaking skills, improving their communication skills, increasing their self esteem, planning experiences, and developing their power of persuasion.  Prime Achievers, with an advanced Toast Master instructor,  will conduct these classes and allow our students to practice their acquired skills in many school functions and/or events, primarily during “Maker Mondays”.
Library
The mission of the Library Program is to encourage students to become lifelong learners who are excited to read and research.  Elementary students enjoy weekly visits to the school library for stories, educational and entertaining library programming, and book exchange. 
Students also have access to electronic resources, via laptops and DVD’s, so they can access the most up-to-date information on any given topic.
Art
Creative expression is essential to a Montessori education.  Elementary students study various artists and their work to help nurture creativity.  They explore different techniques and mediums through direct instruction and hands-on practice.  Some of the artists we explore might include Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring, Henri Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
 Exchange Program
Our Elementary students will partner with students from neighboring schools to undertake joint projects. 
 Assembly
Elementary students meet together once a week for an assembly to foster our community of learners.  The assembly begins by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance/Pledge to the Earth, sing ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’ and discuss a current topic of global interest.
Maker Monday
Every Monday students are encouraged to share their “Maker” projects, points of view, and express their opinions in front of the group. We encourage an entrepreneurial spirit and want children to have an opportunity to talk about their ideas.
 Community Outreach
To foster compassion, students participate in outreach events such as concerts, plays and fundraisers.  This creates awareness of social issues and of challenges faced by members in the community.  Causes chosen will reflect immediate neighborhood as well as global needs.
 Social Studies Fair
The Social Studies Fair showcases the students’ yearlong project and the work they have done as a result of their studies.  As Elementary students present their work to the community, they develop a sense of accountability and self-confidence.
 Performing Arts and Year End Celebration
The Performing Arts are infused in the classroom and other school activities through informal and formal presentations and performances which may be literary, musical and/or informative.  Students become the primary storytellers in the Year End Celebration, experientially reinforcing the theme or projects studied during the year.

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Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)

The CKLA curriculum is aligned with Common Core State Standards and is based on the best available research about literacy development. This curriculum extends and supports our Montessori Language program.

 

Singapore Math

At Hudson Montessori, we complement the already strong Montessori Math Curriculum with the Singapore Math program. Singapore Math teaches mathematical concepts in a three-step process, concrete, pictorial and abstract. It nicely builds on the concrete foundation that all of our students develop using the Montessori materials. The Singapore Math curriculum further aids students in learning math facts, rules and formulas and apply this knowledge in real life applications. It also has a systemic focus on Word Problems, so students learn when to add or subtract based on the situation. We also apply differentiated instruction to fully meet the learning level of each child in the classroom.

 

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General Information

Membership Hudson Montessori is a Full Member School of the American Montessori Society (www.amshq.org)
School Hours Full-Day: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Extended-Day: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Admission Process Children must be at least six years of age by December 31, 2017 for admission into the Elementary Program. Parents wishing to enroll their child are advised to tour our school and complete the online Application Form. Upon review of the application, we will set up an appointment for the parents to visit us, along with their child. If your child is admitted to Hudson Montessori, you will have 10 days to fill out and return the completed Registration Package and pay all related fees.
Tuition Payment Parents will sign the ‘Tuition Payment Policy and Contract’ at the time of registration and commit to pay tuition for the entire school year. A Tuition Advance, equaling two months of tuition fee, the New Family Fee and the Materials Fee must be paid in full at the time of registration. Remaining tuition is paid over an eight-month period, from September through April. The Tuition Advance will be applied towards tuition for May and June. All fees are non-refundable.
Tuition Fee(2016 – 2017) Tuition fees for the Full Day and Extended Day programs are $14,000 and $17,000, respectively, for the school year (September-June). Materials, Music and Performing Arts Fee is $600 per annum, and the New Family Fee is $500 for all programs.
Early Drop-Off Students can be dropped off to school beginning at 7:30 AM. The annual fee for early drop-off is $650.
Lunch and Snack Full Day students will bring their own lunch to school. Snack is provided by school parents on a rolling schedule.
School Closings We follow the Jersey City Public Schools schedule for school closings. The school will be closed on all days when Jersey City Public Schools are closed due to weather. We may have additional weather-related closings considering the young ages of our school children.