Elementary School (K-5TH Grade)
Maryel’s curriculum unites the educational system of the United States and Europe, creating a harmonious combination, which offers our students an education that is comparable to the most prestigious, independent schools of the United States and Europe.
Maryel School encourages students to reach their academic, social, and emotional potential in a challenging and supportive environment with a truly global perspective.
Kindergarten & First Grade
The Kindergarten and First Grade programs develop the child’s sense of self-worth and responsibility as an active learner.
These classes are taught 50% in Spanish and 50% in English. The languages will alternate each day in cycles of two weeks.
Using Singapore Math strategies in English class and Entusiasmat 5 in Spanish class, students develop mathematical understanding in stages.
Counting, Cardinality/Operations, Algebraic Thinking/Numbers, Operations in Base Ten/Measurement and Data /Geometry
English: The Singapore Math Approach fosters continuing development of each child’s number sense. The main topics are addition, capacity, comparing numbers, count, direction, estimation, geometry, length and measurement.
Spanish: EntusiasMAT 6 (Based on The Multiple Intelligence Theory)
The Kindergarten program emphasizes the acquisition of language skills in English and Spanish, print concepts and reading. Daily readings of stories and poems strengthen their ability to empathize and to express their feelings and imagination. Reading skills are taught in both large and small groups, and book selections for small-group instruction are based on children’s developing reading abilities. Hand writing is practiced daily. Children participate in activities such as guide writing, dictation, and creative writing.
First graders continue to learn reading, writing, spelling, listening and speaking. The students continue building fluency and expressions in both languages. Their vocabulary is expanded. The reading program is focused on reading comprehension, predicting, questioning and drawing conclusions. Shared reading, reading aloud and independent reading are part of this program. Writing is practiced daily
The Kindergarten History program focuses on History of America and Spain through National Holiday Study. Kindergarten students are exposed to learn about geography of school, neighborhood and city. Names of continents and oceans will be introduced in Kindergarten.
The First Grade History program focuses onEarly American History and New York State History. Geography of New York City and New York State are introduced.
Locate continents and oceans on map and globe are part of the Geography program.
Students are encouraged to use their five senses to observe and explore the world around them. Different experiments are conducted.
The Earth and the Universe I/Water on Earth (Oceans) I/Human Body I (The five senses and associated body parts/Taking care of your body)/Animals, plants and habitats I
The Earth and the Universe II/Water on Earth (Oceans) II/Human Body II (Introduction to the systems of the human body/ Germs, diseases and preventing illness)
Chess Kindergarten and First Grade
Kindergarten Chess program is conducted in English Language. Children are encouraged to play this 1500-year-old game to improve concentration and memory, foster logic and critical thinking and improve math skills and reading.
Music Kindergarten and First Grade
Our Kindergarten and First Grade Music Program follows Kodály approach.
Kodály training is a complete and comprehensive approach to music education. The development of all skill areas begins very early with simple tasks required of all the students. As knowledge grows, skills are developed further in a sequential manner.
Physical Education and Health
Kindergarten students engage in formal physical education classes 2 days a week, where they develop motor skills, physical fitness, cognitive concepts such as traveling in different directions and awareness of rules and strategies in various sports, as well as personal social character traits.
The students engage in formal physical education classes 2 days a week. First graders will begin to understand and practice the rules and basic skills of elementary games.
Visual Art Program is integrated with History, Science and Math. Kindergarten students will explore the basic skills of constructing with paper, clay, recycled materials, fabric and a variety of other media.
Students will work in the areas of drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, mixed media and book arts to develop their skills with art tools, and experiment with color mixing and the beginning of color analysis. They will draw and paint from imagination and learn to observe nature and the work of famous artists to broaden their creative view.