Our Remote Learning Environment!
On March 16, ASM transitioned to a remote learning environment to provide continuity for our students. Faculty and staff meet daily in program teams to assess our delivery of services and curriculum. We are teaching live lessons, developing curriculum packets, prerecording lessons and meeting with students for advisory and social connections. Plans are reviewed and changes are implemented in our best effort to improve at all that we do.
We continue to live our mission each day: Innovative Learning in a Dynamic World.
What does remote learning look like for a Montessori student?
Children's House (Preschool-Kindergarten)
Families of our youngest learners are utilizing the Children’s House Guide to Learning at Home. Additionally, each Friday they receive lesson plans to be implemented the following week.
The guide includes activities chosen by ASM teachers. For each curriculum area, the suggested activities are separated by age group: 3-4 years old, 4-5 years old and 5-6 years old. These age guidelines are general, some children may be more advanced in some areas and less advanced in others.
The guide is intended to help parents understand how to:
- use the Montessori approach at home.
- prepare the environment to foster independence, exploration, concentration and movement.
- implement age appropriate lessons in Practical Life, Art, Math, Language, Science/STEM, and Geography using the printed activity sheets and on-line resources.
Kindergartners are practicing handwriting with their Fundations packet and receive a weekly Fundations lesson pre-recorded by their teacher.
CH Classroom Connections offers students the opportunity to engage with their teachers online, in small groups, several times a week.
An online site exists for curriculum content, including daily lesson plans, pre-recorded story time by our teachers, music and movement, schedule for Classroom Connections and also some advanced lessons for Kindergartners.
Learning should happen with a sense of curiosity, exploration and discovery. Families are encouraged to follow the child’s interests and abilities. Understanding what intrigues the child or what things he or she wants to get better at are important. Having a sense of ownership over their learning is important for children at all ages!
Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3)
Students are completing daily work plans and meeting with their faculty advisers remotely. Math, Grammar and STEM lessons are live classes using Zoom. Project work and skills reinforcement is provided in the areas of Language (book reports), Cultural and Science (animal research) and Spanish.
Each afternoon, a faculty member sends a pre-recorded reading of a chapter book along with a writing and/or drawing activity.
Faculty have created Fun Friday Emails containing fun challenges that are transformed into videos for all to see as well as at-home activities that inspire students and foster their love of learning.
Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6)
Upper Elementary students are engaged in a remote learning classroom environment with their teachers via Google Meet and Google Classroom. While honing previously learned skills, the students continue to be challenged and have lessons that introduce new concepts. Students are expected to complete assignments and they have their work reviewed and assessed by teachers.
Math and Language as well as Advisory class meet each morning. When students are not in a lesson with their teacher and classmates, they work independently throughout the day to complete work in all areas of the curriculum including Science, History, Spanish and Library/Media.
Some ares of focus include:
- Library/Media – national Park research and slide presentation
- Science – Human Body Systems
- History – Ancient Civilations (Mesopotamia, China, Indus River Valley, Egypt)
- Literature Circle – “The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher” by Dana Alison Levy
- Spanish – Creating an original restaurant menu and a storybook about Spring.
Students use their ASM Chromebooks, literature books, workbooks and on-line resources provided by their teachers to move through the curriculum.
Middle School (Grades 7-8)
Students are engaged in a remote learning classroom environment with their teachers via Google Meet and Google Classroom. Math, Science and Humanities meet four times per week and Spanish meets three times per week. Students are expected to complete assignments and have their work reviewed and assessed by teachers on a daily basis. They also have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with their teachers to discuss their progress.
Humanities: In History, students are moving through their curriculum with live discussions and project work. For example, students completed a unit on the rise of Industrialization and Immigration in the early 1900s with an oral history project based on someone who immigrated. To complete thir unit on the Progressive Era, students wrote a research paper on a famous Muckraker of the time. In Literature, students continue to read novels and discuss topics that are relative to their history lessons. Topics include strength and resilience in the face of external factors, discrimination and marginalization, inequality, power and survival.
Math: Students continue to have live lessons where new material is presented and students are given the opportunity to strategize and problem solve as a group. This allows for ideas to be shared with one another. Tests, quizzes, projects and homework are assigned to assess the students’ understanding of the concepts presented.
Science: Students are engaged in virtual labs, activities on the Pearson website and are responsible for creating study guides and creative projects. For example, students are working on a physics project that requires them to take pictures and/or videos to show examples of Newton’s Laws of Motion.
Spanish: Students receive grammar notes and new vocabulary with follow-up assignments. Together they are reading aloud from a short novel and discussing the actions and characters of each chapter. Students continue to practice their writing skills with essays and poems. In addition, students are collaborating to develop and present slideshows about Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
Students are utilizing ASM Chromebooks, literature books, workbooks and on-line resources. They continue to connect with their friends at the Bridges Memory Care Facility by writing letters and creating audio music clips to send as virtual “mail”.
Art: Kindergarten through Middle School students have printed activities that reinforce previously taught skills in their program level. Students are also presented with art challenges utilizing materials found at home.
Library/Media: Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School students are engaged in projects related to biography, Spanish culture (in collaboration with our Spanish teacher) and the National Parks.
Music: Music lessons and activities are provided to parents via links to online learning sites.
Physical Education: Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School students have homepacks that include lessons in health and physical activity challenges and they receive weekly lessons.
Spanish: Students in Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Middle School are working independently to strengthen their language, reading and writing skills.