With respect and awe for the exponential learning and character development children experience in the first years of life, HMS offers a warm, inviting community designed especially for them. Low teacher to student ratios and strong family to school relationships encourage the continuum of a nurturing, stimulating environment allowing the children to focus on their work: learning, growing and having fun.

The essential elements of a Montessori classroom are order, beauty and simplicity. Every classroom item is carefully chosen for size, shape, durability and appropriateness.

Chickadees (2 months – 12 months)

During this period infants evolve from helpless to active beings; one of the greatest gifts we can give them is independence: they can begin to solve problems (like reaching the book or getting more milk) and soothe themselves without adult intervention – if they need us we are right there, but the more they do for themselves, the more meaningful the experience will be.

Some key experiences for the children are:

Hummingbirds (12 months – 18 months)

The search for independence and self-sufficiency expands exponentially as children start walking and begin to talk.

Some key experiences for the children are:

Warblers (18 months – 3 years)

The innate need for toddlers to assert their independence is fostered by the carefully prepared environment, the regular daily routines and, most importantly, the choices the child makes at each stage of the day. There is no need to say “no” when you have choices and are in control of your life.

Some key experiences for the children are:

Cardinals (3 years – 6 years)

In this classroom the traditional Montessori mixed age grouping becomes more noticeable. Peer mentoring adds to the excitement as the younger child observes what he will soon learn and the older child has an opportunity to fully master her new skill by teaching it to someone else. By the time a child graduates to the elementary level he will have the foundations of reading and writing, have an understanding of addition and subtraction and know the continents of the world and the countries of at least one continent. Most importantly the child will be experienced at thinking independently, working in a concentrated manner for an extended period of time and best of all be an expert problem solver. These are the skills that will serve him the rest of his life.