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Second Grade (Mock) Caldecott Committee Evaluates Finalists

 This year second graders are participating in a mock Caldecott Committee during their library class. In this unit, students learn about the history and importance of the Caldecott Medal and different types of art mediums and techniques. Together we will read, examine, and rate 10 picture books that may be chosen as winners. Students […]

Posted on December 18, 2018 in

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Math-O-Lanterns: How Pumpkins Become Teaching Tools

The first, second, and third grade mathematicians at MMS spent the month of October engaged in pumpkin-related math activities, an annual tradition for Lower Elementary. Early in the month, students were asked to each bring in a pumpkin. The pumpkins of various shapes and sizes were kept in the fourth floor commons, creating a festive […]

Posted on November 25, 2018 in

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Stone Soup: A LE Holiday Tradition

Stone Soup is an old folk tale that has been shared and interpreted across many cultures over the world. The story is about two hungry strangers who stumble into a village asking locals for some food. Door after door closes in their faces, so they try to convince each home to share some food by […]

Posted on November 25, 2018 in

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All (LE) Eyes on Australia

In Lower Elementary, each year we study two to three select continents through a lens of a traditional Montessori study called the Fundamental Needs of Humans. The idea is that people, animals, and plants all have the same fundamental needs no matter the geographic location. This guides students’ research and as they create all kinds […]

Posted on October 23, 2018 in

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Global Math Week: Second, Fourth, and Fifth Graders Learn About Exploding Dots

This month, MMS students in second, fourth, and fifth grade participated in Global Math Week, a grassroots program that shares fun and creative math activities with students around the world. Organizers aimed for ten million children in 2018. This year’s assignment is based on the theory of Exploding Dots, which is directly relevant to elementary […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in

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A Book for Every Holiday

Okay, well maybe not every holiday! But as the season of celebrations approaches, MMS Librarian Ms. Mbaye has curated a list of books (skewed toward younger readers) about various holidays. If your child is curious about the holiday they celebrate–or perhaps one they’ve heard about–you can check out any of these books at the MMS library. […]

Posted on October 19, 2018 in

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Our New Buddy School in Kenya

 This summer, our art teacher Madame Garnier and Upper Elementary teacher Mr. Preston spent time at the Sere Olipi Primary School in the Samburu District 200 miles north of Nairobi. Their visit was coordinated through The Thorn Tree Project, which helps create bonds between U.S. schools and Kenyan schools. Mr. Preston first encountered this […]

Posted on October 18, 2018 in

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Farm-to-Classroom Lessons: Economic Geography Studies in LE

 This month, all Lower Elementary students will visit a farmers market on the Upper West Side. The trip aligns with a LE Montessori unit called “Economic Geography” that explores the interconnectedness of biological and social processes. Students come to realize that we all depend on each other: no one person, community, state, region, or country […]

Posted on October 17, 2018 in

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Meet the New Lower Elementary Teachers (Interviews by Third Graders!)

This September, several new teachers settled into our Lower Elementary division, teaching MMS’ first, second, and third graders. To introduce them to our parent community, third graders Audrey, Susannah, and Veronika stepped up to devise some interview questions and speak one-on-one with their teachers.  Enjoy their interviews below!  Meet Ms. Kent (IC) Is this your […]

Posted on September 26, 2018 in

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The Lower Elementary Deep Dive: What’s the Famous “Creation Story” Lesson?

At the beginning of each year, Lower Elementary students learn about “The Creation Story,” which explains how the universe and the Earth came to be through a simple narrative and impressionistic demonstrations that illustrate each concept. For example, a glitter filled balloon is popped to show the power of the Big Bang; glitter is sprinkled […]

Posted on September 14, 2018 in

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