Our staff is finishing the work of identifying the critical content and grade level standards that need to be covered between now and the end of the school year and the best way to deliver that learning remotely. We are planning to roll out those lessons to students districtwide on April 6 if our schools remain closed.
In the meantime, we have tips and resources for parents that are aligned to our curriculum and learning targets and can keep children of all ages learning.
Tips for Home Learning
• Create a schedule that can become routine. Students are very accustomed to working off schedules, so creating something similar at home can ease the transition to home learning. Don’t forget to build in time to be “unplugged” from devices and media.
• Designate a primary learning space for your children and gather typical school supplies and books for easy access. To personalize their learning space, let kids decorate it with their artwork and other fun decorations to make the space more engaging.
• Involve your children in their own learning choices. This will go a long way to motivate them. When building a learning plan, focus on the basics using a variety of resources, but don’t get bogged down in the planning.
• Build in recess with physical activity. If you can, get outside to take a walk or just play, but if weather doesn’t allow it, have a dance party or exercise session.
• Find a good learning balance. Most kids love hands-on and active learning, so try to find a good balance of book-type work, online learning, digital media, and hands-on, project-based learning. Set aside plenty of time to read to your child every day.
• For your own sanity, devise a signal for your children if you shouldn’t be disturbed in your own work if you’re in a meeting or on a call. This could be as a simple green or red paper hung outside your home office space.