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Designed for young minds, our school environment fosters
growth in a range of developmental areas.
Worktime is a cornerstone of our Montessori-inspired classrooms and the foundation of our day. Students collaborate in small groups or work independently on a project. They are encouraged to explore the classroom materials, ask questions and notice sensory details like sounds, shapes and textures. It’s a time for self-discovery where they learn about their preferences, accomplish goals and hone new skills.
Meeting serves as a time for gathering together and community building. During meeting children share ideas, practice turn taking, and engage in active listening. While work time focuses on an individual’s interests, meeting time fosters growth in becoming members of a larger community. Curriculum specific content is also shared during meeting and it serves as an anchor of our daily routines.
Exploring movement and dramatic play helps teach literacy through storytelling—as well as physical and social development. The studio teacher introduces music, props, puppets and more. Then, children take the lead, creating their own imaginary worlds with set pieces, props, costumes, masks, light and images from the magical overhead projector.
In our art studio, students explore different materials and methods such as painting, printmaking, clay sculpting, drawing, cardboard construction, collage, and more. Art is a key tool to help children develop their ability to pair language skills and fine motor skills with their imagination and creativity. When it’s time for the annual art show, our school transforms into a playful gallery space.
A growing body of research shows the exhaustive benefits of studying chess—especially at a young age. In young learners, chess is proven to develop problem-solving skills, increase creativity, improve memory and develop both sides of the brain. In partnership with Chess At 3 founder Tyler Schwartz, our unique children’s program was designed to maximize the profound benefits of learning chess and created to suit preschool students. In our interactive chess studio, children learn sportsmanship, math, storytelling, and the rudimentary rules of the game.
Our music teachers bring top-tier qualifications to the studio, with professional performing credentials as well as extensive experience in early childhood education. Through music, children learn confidence and explore creativity. They notice rhythm, harmony and melody. Improvisation and group music let them discover a musical community where every student’s input is valued. During our Winter and Spring Sings, families are invited to join their child’s class and music teacher singing favorite songs from the semester.
Library time helps foster a lifelong love of reading from an early age. Both our Hudson and Duane locations have a library designed with young book-lovers in mind. With the help of our dedicated school librarian, students learn skills like requesting subject matter, sitting with a chosen book, and returning that book to its proper place. Our school librarian also serves as a resource for teachers and enhances classroom curriculum with thoughtfully chosen books for the classroom.
Our after-school, early drop-off and summer programs enhance their experience and provide ample opportunity to best support your schedule.