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Hudson Country Montessori School

340 Quaker Ridge Road
New Rochelle, NY 10804

Phone:
(914) 636-6202

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With over 25 years of experience, affordable tuition, full and part-time enrollment options, Hudson Country Montessori School is an excellent choice for infant and toddler child care, preschool, kindergarten and elementary education. We are a fully accredited and licensed private, non-profit, non-sectarian, Montessori school for children 8 weeks through grade 8. HCMS is the largest Montessori school in the country with two campus sites centrally located in Westchester County and the heart of Danbury, Connecticut. We invite you to learn more about Hudson Country Montessori as a community and school of distinction.

Toddlers, 15 months – 30 months; Preschool, 3 – 5 years; School Age, K-5.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

To our prospective parents and students: We appreciate your interest in Hudson Country Montessori School. We are happy to introduce you to our school community and the choices you have in education and child-care. Our doors are open – we encourage you to visit, meet our talented and caring staff, talk with our program coordinators, and experience all that HCMS has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hudson family. Warm Regards, Mark Meyer, MBA Head of School

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught As part of the Montessori curriculum, toddlers dabble with art mediums, clap and move along to music and songs, begin lessons that encourage sensory and motor development, and enjoy outdoor time every day that weather permits. Montessori preschool materials introduce early learners to practical life skills, sensorial lessons, language and logic. Children have freedom of movement and are able to choose activities independently. Preschool age children find the Montessori curriculum and materials naturally engaging. These materials are colorful, appropriate in size and dimension for little hands and, although they look like games, all materials and lessons are designed to promote cognitive growth. Montessori curriculum for our primary students includes several traditional components as well as enrichment programs. In the area of Practical Life, children bridge the gap from home to school as they practice and master daily tasks from buttoning, tying to sweeping. The Sensorial lessons provide sensory explorations that will become a foundation for mathematical skills and scientific inquiry. Math lessons move students from the concrete to the abstract, and Language from the spoken to the written word to reading. Culture and Science introduces students to global topics. On a weekly basis, students participate in enrichment programs by age group which includes instruction in Spanish, French or Chinese, Music and Movement, Art, Physical Education and the Columbia University Readers and Writers Program.

From the Director:

Hudson Country Montessori School values each child and their individual nature. We are committed to the belief that every child deserves an education in a nurturing and supportive environment. We strive to keep tuition affordable--a quality education is a priority-- not a privilege. Montessori methods and materials in the classroom ensure a quality educational program which enriches the teaching and learning process. Our highly-trained faculty reflect and share our belief in the human potential and the power of a quality education. HCMS will help each student discover and develop the unique talents and possibilities that are his and her birthright.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are mature, experienced and Montessori certified for this age group. The majority of our staff has been with us for ten years or more – which assures you and your child continuity of care. We are careful to establish routines for our young students—consistency helps children feel secure- yet, individual needs are always met as they arise. Our staff demonstrates respect, tenderness, warmth, and patience that allow the children to blossom. Children and parents form close bonds with HCMS staff who work as partners with your family to support and care for your child. Staff are always available to answer your questions and doors are open to parent visits.

Our expert teachers create a prepared environment in each classroom. A prepared environment is one in which each object, lesson and material has a purpose and a place within the classroom. As children become familiar with the classroom, they are free to choose their own lessons. Children welcome this freedom as they explore and engage in learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Mission…is to create a community of learners that is inclusive of all students, parents and teachers who share a commitment to educate a new generation of confident, creative and compassionate leaders. We are guided in this mission by the teachings and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and the standards of excellence recommended by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the American Montessori Society.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our formula for success is multi-tiered: a strong partnership with each child’s family; highly skilled teachers; close observation and responsiveness to each child; and, carefully designed classrooms, materials and play areas that are safe, engaging and developmentally appropriate. Research indicates that the most important years of human emotional and educational development are the first six years of life. We offer an exceptional environment for young children to grow and we are dedicated helping every child realize his or her potential.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on