Upper Elementary

How to support a continued Montessori education for your Upper Elementary student: A message from your Upper Elementary team.

During this time of transition and uncertainty, we have come up with a plan for your children to continue their learning while at home.  We have spoken to each child to get them thinking about what they know they want and need to work on, and together we’ve come up with work ideas for each child. We are confident that together we can provide a roadmap that will enable your child to continue to thrive, learn, and grow.

Suggested Daily Schedule for Upper Elementary

Early Morning:
Make breakfast and clean up.
Complete chores (i.e., pet care, care of self, make bed, laundry, etc.)
Mid-Morning:
Uninterrupted work cycle. Children should engage in activities from their work recommendation lists. Be sure to include Practical Life activities in the children’s daily work. Make sure that children record all of the work that they do.
Lunch Break:
Make lunch and clean up.
Afternoon:
Afternoon uninterrupted work cycle. Make time for at least 30 minutes of silent reading.

Upper Elementary Program Expectations

Students are expected to:

  • Plan and organize work as independently as possible.
  • Follow teachers’ guidelines and academic expectations.
  • Be own advocate when assistance or further clarification is required.

Parents are invited to:

  • Guide your child to set up a prepared environment at home.
  • Establish a consistent routine and work schedule.
  • Follow along with the teacher’s suggested activities to maintain skills and concepts.
  • Meet and review your child’s assignments; provide opportunities at home for work presentations.

Upper Elementary Teachers will:

  • Prepare a variety of appropriate tasks and activities for children to complete at home in order to maintain and move their learning forward.
  • Communicate in a consistent fashion with parents, replying to emails within 24 hours.

Program-Specific Needs and Characteristics:

  • Respect the stage of development – some students may still be at a “concrete level” and require the Montessori materials to complete certain tasks. Avoid “teaching” shortcuts for subjects such as Mathematics.
  • Develop ideas that allow the opportunity for Upper Elementary students to build from their interests. Examples may include projects, journals, creative writing, geometry constructions, Practical Life at home.
  • Upper Elementary students are extremely social. At this time, not being able to be directly with their friends can feel challenging. We encourage children to stay in touch with each other via phone, Facetime, and letter writing to ensure that the students have continuing practice using grace and courtesy toward themselves and others. We strongly suggest you limit texting and social media exposure.

Activities for Elementary at Home

Math Facts (Limit to 10 Minutes at a Time)

  • Create flashcards of multiplication math facts.
  • List all the factors of 18, 24, 36, and 54.
  • Dice Rolling.
  • Jump rope while skip counting.

Fractions

  • Follow a recipe.
  • Construct something using measurements less than one inch.
  • Order fractions on a number line from least to greatest.
  • Divide figures into fractional amounts and label them.

Decimals

  • Have your own “Showcase” and price household items, then add them together.
  • Look for advertisements in the mail and add prices together.
  • Create a shopping list and add items together.

Language

  • Make a poem book.
  • Try to write a poem in an author’s style.
  • Memorize a poem.
  • Go on a word hunt in a novel: make a list of adjectives on a page and write an antonym and synonym for each one.
  • Find sentences in your current book, identify the subject and predicate.

Geometry

  • Identify shapes around the house.
  • Identify angles as either: right, acute, obtuse, or straight.
  • Look for congruent and similar figures.
  • Measure things in one and two dimensions.
  • Find the perimeter of things.
  • Find the area of rectangular figures.

Biology

  • Spend 15 silent minutes a day in nature and record your observations.
  • Sketch plants inside or outside.
  • Research an endangered animal. Why is it endangered?

Geography

• Teachers will be sending home map assignments and country/state researches.

History

  • Make a timeline of your life.
  • Make a timeline of your day and include it in your work journal.
  • Interview a family member in your house or over the phone about their life.

Thank you also to Arbor Montessori School, in particular, for additional content and to the numerous Montessori collaborators worldwide who have helped supply ideas and activities. This blog is a testament to the spirit of cooperation and work in service to the children of the world.

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