Distance Learning

Learning Environment at Home

Welcome message from school director, Diane M Nickerson.

While our school building is closed (March 16 - April 14, 2020)

due to the NYS mandate to maintain the health and safety for the children and their families during the outbreak of coronavirus,

our school has shifted our academic program to distance learning!

Primary (ages 3 to 6) Daily Plan

  • A scheduled phone or videophone 10-15 minute meeting each day at the same time alternating with your child's guide or the classroom assistant for a one-on-one lesson presentation and practice with Spanish.

  • A worksheet or two to practice with phonics in English and Spanish, or with numerals. (New packets or workbook mailed each week.)

  • Two Morning Meeting Videos, one in English, one in Spanish, uploaded to the Castle Island YouTube Channel for you to view with your child at your convenience, OR

  • Two Lesson Presentation Videos, one in English, one in Spanish, uploaded to the Castle Island YouTube Channel for you to view with your child at your convenience for guidance with at-home instruction based on the parent guide by Maja Pitamic:

  • Spanish story book uploaded to our video library of read-alouds on the Castle Island YouTube Channel

  • {Older children invited to participate in a weekly show & tell meeting via Zoom per their guide's schedule in the afternoon}


Elementary (ages 6 to 12) Weekly Plan via Zoom

  • Two 30-45 minute Morning Meetings: on Mondays and Fridays, at 8:30am

  • Two 15 minute Individual "Check-in" Meetings: on Mondays to set the work plan for the week and, on Fridays to review the week's work

  • Two 30 minutes Individual Instruction with Holli or Carlos: Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Work Plan assignments for language and math practice, in English and Spanish, throughout the week from a selection of worksheets; and, other activities, including science, geography, etc. mailed by post for Monday delivery

  • Two 30 minute Art Studio Instruction whole class sessions on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15am

  • A 30 minute Museum Studies Class whole class session on Wednesdays at 9:00am

  • Chapter books in Spanish and English uploaded to our video library of read-alouds on the Castle Island YouTube Channel

  • Drama Club rehearsals per the schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Resources for Days At-Home

"And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child."  

-Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind,

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