The Kindergarten program at Hudson Montessori is the third and culminating year of the Primary Program. This year brings to fruition the development and mastery of so many skills, and provides students with numerous opportunities to apply these skills in meaningful ways. Research has shown that children whose educational experience provides a “discovery approach”, are able to build a strong foundation for future learning.
The typical day for a Kindergarten student begins with fully participating in 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 extend their focus on Math, Science and Language Arts. The afternoon two-hour session, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, is 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. This program, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, is based on the best available research about literacy development. 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 while developing their consciousness as global citizens.
In Math, our kindergartners are provided the opportunity to work not only with Montessori Materials, but extend their exploration using the highly regarded Singapore Math. Singapore Math teaches mathematical concepts in a three-step process: concrete, pictorial and abstract. The Singapore Math program nicely builds on the concrete foundation that all our students have developed using the Montessori materials. Singapore Math also has a strong focus on Word Problems, so students learn what computation to use based on the situation. We also apply differentiated instruction and use ability grouping in our math program. This approach complements, enhances and expands our children’s mathematical approach and understanding. Parents receive in-depth information on Core Knowledge Language Skills program and Singapore Math, along with details on the Montessori Kindergarten curriculum, during Back-to-School Night, Parent Conferences and other parent education events.
In Science, the children continue their hands-on exploration of the Sciences.The STEAM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) approach uses real world learning experiences to deliver a strong curriculum in Science, combining Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Our goal is to nurture this curiosity and engage them in the sciences. We encourage them to combine technical knowledge and know-how 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, children explore various artists and art forms. They learn about a different artist, medium/technique or theme each month.Some of the artists studied may 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) and how the artist expresses his/her artwork (ways of expression, definition of art, vocabulary and specific techniques). Children create their own works of art inspired by the featured artist and/or a medium or technique.
In Music, kindergarten children are introduced to the Keyboard. In small group classes, they will learn the basics of playing the keyboard. 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. Students also watch and listen to various piano classics live during the class. They will take part in a group recital during the Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony.
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, such as storytelling, creative drama and reader’s theater, in language arts and other curriculum.The librarian connects students with the resources they need for class projects and introduces them to books they can’t put down in their free time.
World News is also covered once a week to share important events happening in our world.