The Kindergarten program at Hudson Montessori continues the Montessori Method of education our children follow in their Toddler and Primary programs. At the same time, this is also the grade where we start introducing our philosophy of complementing traditional Montessori education with modern research-based curriculum.
The typical day in the Kindergarten program starts with our children attending the mixed age Primary class in the morning. Montessori materials and concepts are learned and reinforced in this class of 3 to 5 year olds. In the afternoon, after lunch, the kindergartners meet in a designated classroom to focus on Math, Science and Language Arts. The afternoon two-hour sessions, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, are dedicated to small group instruction, whole class instruction and individual lessons in one of the three subject areas every day. This juxtaposition of Montessori and traditional curriculums best prepares our children for their continuing education in the elementary program.
In Language Arts, the children continue building their phonics and literacy skills with Montessori materials. Additionally, Kindergartners sequentially review their literacy skills with the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) program. The CKLA curriculum extends and supports our Montessori morning work cycles. Embedded within Montessori’s cultural and scientific curricula are studies of Geography, History, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Art and Music that are extensions of language development, allowing our children to learn about many other cultures and historical contexts and develop their consciousness as global citizens.
In Math, our kindergartners are provided the opportunity to work with Montessori Materials while extending their exploration of the subject using Singapore Math. This curriculum teaches mathematical concepts in a three-step process: concrete, pictorial and abstract. The Singapore Math program nicely builds upon the concrete foundation that all our students have developed using the Montessori materials. Singapore Math 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 and use ability grouping in our math program. This approach compliments, enhances and expands our children’s mathematical approach and understanding.
In Science, the children continue their hands-on exploration of the Sciences. The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) approach uses hands-on, real word learning experiences to convey the Core Curriculum in Science and combining Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Children are born with a desire to explore. Our goal is to nurture their curiosity and engage them in science. We strive to encourage them to combine technical knowledge and skills to develop creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students learn how to design, set up and carry out simple science experiments, explore technology and engineering solutions and apply math concepts to solve real world problems.
In Art, Kindergartners explore various artists and art forms. The children learn about a different artist or theme each month. Some of the artists include Kandinsky, Haring, Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Nikki se St Phalle, Dali and Van Gogh. For each artist the children explore the artist’s life (bio, stories, anecdotes), how the artist express his/her artwork (ways of expression, definition of art, vocabulary and specific technics) and the children create their own works of art inspired by the featured artist.
In Music, Kindergarten children will be introduced to the Keyboard in small group classes. This class is designed to teach children where the notes are, how to properly use our fingers to play these notes, how to effectively practice, and how to play songs. Children are given the opportunity in this class to spend time exploring the instrument on their own. Students also have the opportunity to watch and listen to various piano classics live during the class.
In Library, the mission of the program is to encourage students to become lifelong learners who are excited to read and research. Kindergartens enjoy weekly visits to the school library for stories, educational and entertaining library programming and book exchange. Students will be introduced to a diverse selection of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction, and engage in meaningful and fun follow-up activities in language arts and across the curriculum, such as storytelling, creative drama and reader’s theater. The librarian connects students with resources they need for class projects and books they can’t put down in their free time.
|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 five years of age by December 31, 2017 for admission into the Primary 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.|
(2016 – 2017)
|Tuition fees for the Full Day and Extended Day programs are $15,250 and $19,000, 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.|