In general, Lower School students learn to think rationally and independently so that they may understand the connection between ideas in order to see them from different perspectives. Teachers present units of study in language, media, science, and social studies that incorporate critical thinking, often beginning with challenging questions that ignite an interest in a topic being studied.
Novel studies begin in Grade 3 for the purpose of engaging and teaching students how to relate stories to broader, historical and social contexts. As students progress through their study, teachers encourage students to reflect upon their own understandings and ideas critically, so that they may make associations and relate them to class discussions. These reflective processes help develop the whole child, creating more active learners capable of independent thought.
Saxon mathematics is also taught at Hudson. As a highly regarded, rigorous program that spirals the instruction of each concept and continues to review information introduced earlier, it allows students the time to practice and retain math concepts to the level of mastery.
Hudson teaches students to think critically, as it is key in the global knowledge economy that increasingly demands us to analyze information and integrate different sources of data to problem-solve. Students who can think critically do better academically, as well as in life.
Primary & Junior Program: Being confident
The elementary years are a critical time for a child’s personal and academic development, as their receptivity and capacity to learn are at their peak. It’s during these years that students acquire coping and socialization skills, so a comprehensive introduction to formalized education is paramount.
Hudson’s Primary & Junior Program is founded on the idea that every student possesses the capacity to succeed. We foster students’ self-confidence, help them acquire critical thinking skills, and continue to nurture their love of learning. Our program establishes a solid foundation for future academic achievement by offering rigorous-yet-balanced coursework in mathematics, literacy, life and physical sciences, French, technology and media studies, visual art, drama, and music. Students’ skills are also continuously assessed to ensure they are equipped with the core knowledge needed for Middle School years and beyond.
The Primary years also greatly depend upon experiential learning, so Hudson students get hands-on opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. We partner with significant cultural venues and recreational centers to offer off-campus fieldwork, and technology plays a more prominent role in learning. In addition, co-curricular activities are introduced into students’ schedules to help them identify interests and develop their social and leadership skills.
Experiential Learning: Grades 4–6 Outdoor Adventure Trip
Around the end of October each year, students and teachers attend an outdoor education camp in the gorgeous Muskoka area of central Ontario. Outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, swimming, cooking, arts, and outdoor adventure-based activities are offered. Team-building exercises, games, movies, campfires, and many other exciting activities are also planned. Students sleep in cozy cabins and eat delicious, well-prepared meals by experienced chefs!