MMS reopened in-person five days a week on September 9. Learn about our Covid-19 Response here.

MMS at Home: Distance Learning

In distance learning, MMS has endeavored to continue fulfilling our mission of fostering a love of learning, recognizing each child’s unique needs and talents, and maintaining a close connection with parents. Metropolitan Montessori School began distance learning on March 30th.

With the child at the center of our work, the teachers have created an at-home curriculum that combines online class meetings and gatherings (synchronous learning) with assignments completed on the student and family’s own schedule (asynchronous learning). We are providing a structure that gives students purpose, connection to friends, and responsibility to their classroom communities while maintaining the flexibility that allows parents to meet their own needs, be they personal or professional.

Early Childhood “EC” at Home

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Engagement for our youngest children begins with thematic studies, coupled with interdisciplinary lessons from art, French, Spanish, music, and violin.

Faculty teach in a variety of modes from one-on-one sessions, to small group lessons, teacher videos to launch the day, and Live Zoom play connections (recess). “Practical life” is a key Montessori tenet, teaching children how to be independent, take care of their own needs, and follow a routine. Students are encouraged to be active participants in caring for their homes, just like their classrooms.

Daily Schedule

Lower Elementary “LE” At Home:

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Independent and collaborative learning form the bedrock for the Lower Elementary educational approach. Students are guided by planners that help them build independence and time management skills as children progress beyond understanding concrete concepts to absorb more abstract concepts.

LE students engage in core subjects like math, reading, writing, and cultural studies, with specialists collaborating closely with teachers to create interdisciplinary lessons.
Workgroups are developed to support peer interaction and mentoring between older children to younger children, while also nurturing the social-emotional growth of each child.

Take a peek and view a sample work planner:

Weekly Planner Example

Upper Elementary “UE” at Home

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Intellectual rigor is exercised through a myriad of experiences that propel our UE students to strengthen their muscle of questioning, challenging assumptions, critical thinking, and agency. Students have blocks of time for lessons as well as independent and collaborative work, consulting with teachers as needed. Advisories offer one-on-one time with teachers to continue to support their pre-adolescent development.

Take a look at the 4th-6th grade schedules below:

Fourth Grade Schedule

Fifth Grade Schedule

Sixth Grade Schedule

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning continues to be a core principle of our values and our work led by Dr. Monica Zweig. MMS Students participate in opportunities that allow for one on one support to whole class mindfulness and wellness workshops to facilitating parent support groups.

Read about our Covid-19 communications and planning here. Curious to learn more about distance learning at MMS? Contact Marielle Lopez, Admissions Director.

 

Examples of Distance Learning

Early Childhood Lessons

Stepping Stones: Sharks

Primary: Parts of a Tree

Lower Elementary Student Work

Simple Machines

Polygons

Main Character Traits

Upper Elementary

Literary Reflections

Specialist Classes

Intro to Violin
Kindergarten Art Class
Elementary Chorus

Study Spaces Guide

Elementary

 

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