For students in grades 4 to 6 (age 9 to 12), our learning-from-home goal is to help them engage in work that builds from their interests while also learning in specific subject areas (language, math, science, social studies and the arts, in particular). Examples may include projects, journals, creative writing, geometry constructions, and practical life at home.
Here are our learning-from-home guidelines and expectations for children in grades 4 to 6.
Students are expected to:
Parents are invited to:
Notes to parents about student needs and characteristics:
To guide home learning, Upper Elementary teachers prepare a variety of appropriate tasks and activities for children to complete at home in order to maintain and move their learning forward.
Connection and Support
Students have continued their science learning while at home. As with learning at school, they get a short lesson on a scientific idea or principle, then they choose follow-on work to explore the idea in depth. Example follow-on work might be doing a report, conducting an experiment, creating a diorama, writing and performing a play.
Example interactive lessons:
Students have also been encouraged to explore online resources related to their science learning. Examples:
Language & Literature
During the school-year, all students are part of various book clubs that meet weekly over lunch. While learning from home, students are still engaged in their book clubs but meet over video. They get to share their reading passions, learn to analyze and discuss literature, and stay connected with each other.
Other language learning has included:
This spring, Upper Elementary students have been studying the American Civil War. Through interactive lessons, online resources, and follow-on work, they’ve been doing a deep dive into this important era in U.S. history.
Example interactive lessons:
Example online resources:
Students are strengthening their math skills and learning new concepts in a variety of ways:
All video lessons are recorded so students can watch again, or students who missed the lesson can view them later. We are not including links to these lessons here to protect student privacy.
In addition, guides give students online resources to inspire their math learning and projects:
The Arts: Music, Fine Arts, Drama
Students are also exploring music in a variety of ways:
In addition to encouraging students to play outside as much as they can, guides send weekly Physical Education workouts to encourage movement, fun, and learning.
Here’s a general structure of the day that parents might find helpful.
Make breakfast and clean up.
Complete chores (i.e. pet care, care of self, make bed, laundry, etc.)
Uninterrupted work cycle. Students should engage in activities to practice skills for math, language, geometry, and geography. Teachers will send specific instruction. Make sure to make time for snack and movement!
Lunch & Outdoor Time
Make lunch and clean up. Take a break outside!
Afternoon uninterrupted work cycle. Children should engage in activities for biology, art, music and research. Make time for at least 30 minutes of silent reading.
Sunny Hollow Montessori will open in September for on-site learning, with an individualized distance learning option available. For more information on our distance learning program, please click here.
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