Teaching styles of the Hudson Valley



Which style works best for your child?


There is a wide-range of teaching philosophies.  Hudson Valley Parent lists a few of the most popular and a bit of their unique teaching styles.

Montessori:  Founded in 1907 by pediatrician/psychiatrist, Marie Montessori, this teaching style encourages independence, and is based on the belief that children learn at their own pace.  Teachers are called "guides," and involve parents in the child's education and foster a strong teacher-student-parent bond.  The curriculum focuses on five areas: practical life (how to tie shoes), sensory awareness, language arts, math/geometry, and cultural subjects (geography, music, art).  

Waldorf: Founded by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, scientist and educator.  Provides domestic, practical and artistic activities in a home-like environment.  The teacher encourages the child's imagination through stories and free-play.

READ MORE: HVP's Early Education Round-up

Sudbury.  Focus is on student-directed and student-initiated learning.  The emphasis is on requiring students to practice real life skills.  According to staffer Nina JeckerByrne, of the Hudson Valley Sudbury School, "This is an excellent alternative to mainstream education."

Universal Pre-K.  Works to provide preschool education for four year olds in programs that support family needs.  Priority is given to economically disadvantaged children.  Teachers must be certified in elementary education or certified in elementary education with early childhood annotation. 

These are only a sample of the many preschools available. It's up to parents to explore all options and prioritize which items are most important. 


Nina Flanagan is a journalist and writer, and loves to weave a good story.