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Claudia C'deBaca

Claudia C'deBaca, 

ELEMENTARY COORDINATOR & LEARNING SPECIALIST

Every age is a time of discovery, and the elementary years bring their own challenges and triumphs. I enjoy this window of development for many reasons. I love the children's growing sense of independence partnered with their readiness to try new things. Their curiosity motivates them to take on greater challenges as they learn about themselves and the world. 

Carriga Camp

Carriga Camp,

LOWER ELEMENTARY LEAD

There is so much to love about the elementary age, but I think their burgeoning imagination is my favorite aspect of their learning. As a guide, my work is to spark their sense of wonder about the world, and to guide their understanding of their place within it, all of which helps their imagination to grow. Having the opportunity to ignite their sense of wonder is my favorite part of teaching.

Leah Graby

Leah Graby, 

UPPER ELEMENTARY LEAD

The elementary child is drawn to collaborative learning, challenging work, and finding their ways to contribute to their larger community. One of my favorite parts of being a guide is observing their process and progress from their early childhood foundation to their elementary classroom. As students develop skills for working and tools for navigating their social world, they discover their own joy for learning.

Student outside holding a stick.

Lower Elementary

Ages 6-9

At-a-glance

Student and Guide working inside the classroom.

Upper Elementary

Ages 9-12

A Day in the Life of a Lower Elementary Student

A Day in the Life of a Lower Elementary Student

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Students studying a map of Australia.

Work cycle

The three-hour work cycle is the foundation of each morning in the Montessori classroom, and it is no exception for Elementary. Students work independently through various parts of the curriculum with one-on-one or small group lessons with a guide scheduled throughout the day.

Students doing Language work with a Guide inside the classroom.
Student outside practicing archery.

Campus

Abintra's campus sits nestled atop a hill surrounded by 11 wooded acres in West Nashville. Students visit our multiple gardens and walk the labyrinth with care. Venture further into our woods and you'll find forts carefully crafted out of sticks by Elementary students, hiking trails shaded by tall trees, and a fully-stocked archery range. Our apiary provides a hands-on beekeeping experience. 

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Students playing Xylophone.

Music & The Arts

Music and the Arts are integrated into the Elementary program. Students explore painting, clay, photography, and other mediums in our Arts studio. Students are exposed to multiple instruments and music appreciation in their music studies.

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Student running through fields

Emerson Farm

Located 20 minutes from campus, Emerson Farm provides a rich landscape for community building, outdoor skills, animal care, cooking, and more. In their extension of farm studies, students learn about the origins of food and how it gets to their tables. Produce, grown on the farm and harvested by students, is circulated back into the Abintra community and the wider Nashville community.

Sheep on the farm.
Student harvesting herbs from the garden on campus.

Mindfulness

Abintra Montessori guides students in the practice of mindfulness throughout our classrooms. Mindfulness is an integral part of the social-emotional learning at Abintra and a strong compliment to the Montessori work and Positive Discipline practice that we embody. 

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