Our Programs - Elementary

Our Elementary program includes 1st to 4th graders. In this classroom, students continue to have free rein to explore based on the 3-hour uninterrupted work cycle. The curriculum becomes broader and the accountability stakes are raised. Children in Montessori Elementary independently design and follow a work plan each day, documenting their own progress with their teacher's support. Children now begin to manage their time, checking off weekly practice work, exploring different paths through the curriculum, and creating impressive projects of their own.

Our Elementary classroom is specifically designed to meet the learning and developmental needs of our children. Math, language, science, geography, history, music and art are all introduced as part of the great breadth and depth of the human experience. Working in small groups with specially created Montessori materials, elementary-aged children develop a deep understanding of fundamental concepts in each of these subject areas. As the child becomes increasingly able to work on an abstract level, reading, writing and math become tools for learning about the world. Above all, the curriculum in the elementary years is designed to capture the imagination of the child and engender a lifelong love of learning.

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Four Classrooms

Our Dual Language Elementary program is a 1st-4th grade model Montessori classroom spread across 4 sun-filled rooms, each with unique characteristics.

Our community room holds meetings, collaborative artwork and special group projects, presentations and performances. Here, our children continue developing their voices, their leadership traits, their comfort with group dynamics and hone problem solving skills.

A technology room (below) gives our Elementary children a space to experiment with computer programming, robotics, engineering and the scientific method.

Our practice room allows students time to bring their skills to mastery as they manage their time and move their own way through the 3 year curriculum.

Finally, a library cove provides a special, secluded place for discovery both in chasing fantasies and researching new projects and interests to share with classmates.

Great Lessons

The Great Lessons are an important and unique part of the Elementary Montessori curriculum. These lessons are bold, exciting, and are designed to awaken a child's imagination and curiosity. The child should be struck with the wonder of creation, thrilled with new ideas, and awed by the inventiveness and innovation that is part of the human spirit.

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The Five Great Lessons are traditionally presented in Elementary, and are presented every year so that children see them more than one time. Each year that the lessons are presented they know more, they excitedly wait for the moments that will impress their new, younger classmates - they begin to own the story of knowledge that we all share.

Unlike the Primary environment, where the child is introduced first to "small" ideas that gradually widen into larger concepts, the elementary child is introduced right away to large concepts - the largest of all being the beginning of the universe. Then they can be shown how all the smaller ideas fit into the larger framework.

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Special Events

The Elementary program is highlighted by special events that frame the school year for its students. These events occur annually and present opportunities for children to put their talents to work at a different scale.

The Arts Festival is a whole community event showcasing the talents of children from the Toddler classroom up into the Elementary. Process over product, the entire collective effort and each piece is celebrated at this beautiful spring event.

Each year students compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee where a group of qualifiers is selected at the school-wide bee and continue on to the New York City event.

The First Lego League is a coding and robotics competition and celebration where elementary students program lego-based robots to solve problems and accomplish tasks in a makeshift world. The competition is both regional and worldwide - children proudly take their robots to events throughout the city.

At the Winter Concert every child at school participates in the telling of one of Maria Montessori's 'Great Lessons' using their musical skills, instruments, dance, and theatricality.

C'E's Spanish Spring Musical affords elementary program students the chance and venue to perform a musical entirely in Spanish. This yearly celebration and culmination of the Spanish program is led by a team of musicians and choreographers.

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Curriculum Coordinator - Hanane

Hanane is a Lead Elementary teacher and our Primary Level Coordinator. Her work centers around maintaining a top-tier Elementary program while creating cohesion through the curriculum and in our Montessori practice. She also drives some of the social initiatives at our school. In this, Hanane works hard in creating and maintaining a school environment that is inclusive to all children, teachers and people. She organizes our yearly STEM Fair, inviting schools in Williamsburg, and Montessori schools beyond to participate in the event. She also coordinates our school spelling bee and prepares us to compete each year in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She was born and raised in Queens and her family comes from Morocco. She is an experienced Montessori teacher but has also worked at more traditional schools in NYC and in Charlotte, NC. She loves cartoons, board-games, and gardening.

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Elementary Teacher - Ashton

Ashton is a Lead Elementary teacher. They are responsible for the Math and Science curriculum in our Elementary school and its alignment with the cultural curriculum in our Primary program. Like many other Montessori Elementary programs, C’E Montessori does not include screens in the 1st-4th grade classroom. Ashton has used different resources like Cubetto and First Lego League to ensure that children at C’E Montessori are coding and experimenting with robotics as early as Kindergarten. They use and develop a problem solving curriculum featuring the design cycle to constantly challenge students to ask questions, find problems, hypothesize, test, and try to come up with solutions to every kind of problem on a daily basis. They are originally from Alabama, where they graduated as an Elementary Level teacher at Auburn, and has lived and taught in New York City now for three years.

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