Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd Grades)

Lower Elementary Field Trip

Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd Grades)

The Lower Elementary program consists of 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade children together in a class. This configuration, in keeping with Montessori principles and methodology, creates an ideal setting for learning and mastering skills at an individual rate. The Lower Elementary focusses on skill development, picking up from the exposures and lessons children have learned in their Kindergarten year and developing their skills in math, language and in the sciences. Additionally, students receive more specials classes including PE, Music, Art, Science, Technology, Chorus and Jazz Band (at 3rd grade).

In Language, students continue working through the Montessori language curriculum and materials, which stress parts of speech, grammar, syntax and sentence structure. Also incorporated into the language curriculum is CKLA (Core Knowledge Language Arts) which also focuses on comprehension, literacy, and appreciation of literature. Through the study of “Domains” students also gain historical and literary perspective to what they read.

In Math, students have the opportunity to use the amazing Montessori materials as they gain greater skills in the four operations and expand their conceptual knowledge and computational abilities. Singapore Math is also incorporated into their math program as a way for students to move from the concrete to the abstract using model drawings.

The addition of both CKLA and Singapore Math provides a thorough grounding of concepts and skills at this level.

As mentioned, Social Studies units and activities are drawn from language arts and from the Montessori curriculum that begins with the study of the Universe and works through the scientific and historical perspectives to create an entire curriculum. In Montessori, the Cultural area encompasses all of the natural and social sciences in addition to geography and history. As students study an area of the world, a culture, or a timeline, they learn about all of the things, places, people, political boundaries and more related to their study. The Great Lessons are the foundation of these studies.

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 5thgraders 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 Chorus
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.
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.