Remote Learning Highlights


"Right from the start, the teachers sent along developmentally appropriate plans for the week. These included well-structured lessons with embedded videos and with platforms and apps the students were already familiar with. As the weeks have gone by, CEE has layered in more structure and synchronous, or live, options that we appreciate but don’t always use... What [our preschooler] does love are the engaging, fun daily videos her classroom teachers, librarian, music teacher, and PE teacher post. Sometimes she will watch a read-aloud two or three times!" -Laura and Rachel, CEE Parents
"Home Life: Home School, the Series", Larchmont Chronicle (June 3, 2020)

Early Childhood Remote Learning Program

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    Our Toddlers through EC2 children are experiencing a balance of limited screen time and activities and experiences off screen.

    Weekly themes are explored through lessons and projects through videos, zoom community time, both in large and small groups, and follow-up activities. Early Childhood specialists in PE, Library and Music offer twice weekly video (asynchronous) classes and a synchronous Zoom class once a week. 

    We’ve created suggested schedules for families to follow and a week's worth of activities built around the Healthy Mind Platter concept which include focus time, physical time, quiet time, connecting time, play time, down time, and connecting time. During each week there are read alouds, spirit days, virtual field trips and chances to connect with their teachers and peers. The Early Childhood classrooms are creating and practicing acts of kindness as part of their weekly projects and families are encouraged to share their children's work for these or any other activities.

In addition to these video lessons, students have the option to participate in daily synchronous Zoom classes. Please check out these sample lessons from Early Childhood teachers.

Kindergarten Remote Learning Program

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    As our remote learning program has evolved over the course of spring, we have consistently looked to connect our mission, core values, and philosophy with the realities of our need to be physically apart. 

    In all grades, we have focused on some common goals this spring:
    • Being developmentally appropriate for the range of children in any given class
    • Providing skill-building activities in all subject areas
    • Understanding the range of students' home experiences
    • Having an awareness of students' total screen time
    • Working to provide a range of non-screen based activities
    • Providing breadth to students’ remote learning days so that they include ample specialist class learning times
    • Creating student social connection time both with classmates and with the broader school community
    Kindergarten students have daily class meetings, a limited number of synchronous core and specialist lessons, and many asynchronous lessons. The beauty of asynchronous lessons for young children in Kindergarten is that this age works at very different paces. Teachers build in “pause” moments into their video lessons so that children know to pause the instruction and take their time with that specific part of the lesson before resuming. For some children working out a word problem, it may mean a 30 second pause, while others may appreciate 3-4 minutes. Children can self-pace with support from their families. 

    Additionally, it is important for Kindergartners to spend a significant amount of time engaged in active and self-directed play, to the extent possible. We offer families ideas for activities and also encourage families to allow their children time to truly be in charge of their own play.

    Kindergarten children also are invited to participate in a multitude of community events that continue to support their growth in leadership, community building, social and emotional development, and joyful learning.

We’re eager to share these sample class lessons with you! In addition to these video lessons, students have the option to participate in daily synchronous Zoom classes. Please check out these sample lessons from Kindergarten.

Elementary Remote Learning Program (1st-6th Grades)

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    As our remote learning program has evolved over the course of spring, we have consistently looked to connect our mission, core values, and philosophy with the realities of our need to be physically apart. 

    In all grades, we have focused on some common goals this spring:
    • Being developmentally appropriate for the range of children in any given class
    • Providing skill-building activities in all subject areas
    • Understanding the range of students' home experiences
    • Having an awareness of students' total screen time
    • Working to provide a range of non-screen based activities
    • Providing breadth to students’ remote learning days so that they include ample specialist class learning times
    • Creating student social connection time both with classmates and with the broader school community
    For elementary students, as children grow in their capability for independent learning, they may experience more long-term assignments and projects in addition to both synchronous and asynchronous lessons. Children also are invited to participate in a multitude of community events that continue to support their growth in leadership, social and emotional development, and joyful learning.

In addition to these video lessons, students have the option to participate in daily synchronous Zoom classes. Please check out these sample lessons from Elementary teachers.
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.