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HVP July 2018

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Page 24 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 25 What is the best philosophy? Karin Shultz is the head of Mizzentop Day School, a private school in Pawling. She explains that the philosophy of the school is that it "offers an interdisciplinary approach to education that instills the values, skills and knowledge children need to pursue their interests, to take joy in lifetime learning, and to lead successful and meaningful lives." "Students think, learn, and apply themselves across all disciplines, freeing the mind to its fullest potential," says Shultz. "Students are educated in the range of human experience and achievement through our integrated curriculum, which provides broad By LISA IANNUCCI W hen choosing a school for your child, there are so many factors that will go into making the right decision. Do you want to send your child to a private or public school? Do you want to homeschool? Where is the school located? How much does it cost? Does it meet your religious needs? What is the school's curriculum? There is another factor that you should consider and that is the school's philosophy. A school's philosophy is their belief of what they will teach and what the child can learn while there. knowledge of the wider world (science, culture, society) and develops a sense of social responsibility." The philosophy of the Montgomery Montessori School is that a child learns best within a social environment, which supports each individual's unique development. When Carolyn Doderer was searching for a school for her four-year-old daughter Sydney, she chose the Montgomery Montessori School for several reasons, including its philosophy. "Sydney comes home from school every day bubbling over with life and energy," says Doderer, a Newburgh resident. "She is excited to tell me Choose the right school for your child Find a school philosophy that caters to your child's specific learning needs Nikki Hernon D'Aleo toured several private schools before finally deciding on The Goddard School. She wanted her boys to learn through play and be prepared for kindergarten. (Continued on Page 26)

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