Tips and activities for elementary children during this COVID-19 pandemic

6 – 9

Children are expected to:

  • Plan and organise work with guidance from parents
  • Follow teachers’ guidelines and academic expectations
  • Work with integrity on assigned tasks – do your best!

 

Parents are invited to:

  • Guide your child to set up a prepared environment at home
  • Establish a consistent routine and work schedule together
  • Follow along with the teachers’ suggested activities to maintain skills and concepts
  • Provide opportunities for your child to share/present work to you

9 – 12

Children are expected to:

  • Plan and organise work as independently as possible
  • Follow teachers’ guidelines and expectations
  • Be own advocate when assistance or further clarification is required
  • Communicate directly with teachers

 

Parents are invited to:

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

 

Elementary Teachers will:

  • Prepare a variety of appropriate tasks and activities for children to complete at home in order to maintain and consolidate their learning to ensure they can quickly move forward with new concepts on return.
  • Communicate in a consistent fashion with parents, replying to messages promptly
  • Offer Parent Education resources
  • Offer feedback to children

 

Programme-Specific Needs and Characteristics:

  • Respect the stage of development – many Elementary children are at a “concrete level” and require the Montessori materials to complete certain task. Teachers will guide you regarding what works makes sense for your child
  • Avoid “teaching” shortcuts for subjects such as Mathematics
  • Develop ideas that allow the opportunity for Elementary children to build from their interests. Examples may include projects, journals, creative writing, geometry constructions, Practical Life at home

Encourage socialisation in a safe way – video calling friends is one idea or small work dates for children to visit each other and collaborate on a project. Lower Elementary children are extremely social; they will need to feel connected to their friends