The above link is a survey to help us help you during this time. It will ask how you would like to get information and what technology you have to support your children in this academic closure.
Dear Parents and Students,
There are many ways for you to continue to support your chilren's education despite the unprecedented circumstances of being away from our school and our school families. If you have internet and computer in the home, there are an abundant amount of resources for you to pick and choose from. Your individual teacher will provide some ideas. We are all wondering what the outcome will be when this is all over and where we will have to begin again.
If your child currently works with me or has worked with me in any capacity, please know that I want to be an educational support for all of you and that I miss having the opportunity to watch your children grow into lifelong learners.
To those students who made a personal goal to continue with at home: keep it up, keep reading, keep thinking, keep trying, keep on wanting success for yourself. You are invited to check in with me to feel connected and supported with your goal as well as to get another perspective.
Reading: Being exposed to language is good for all of us, being exposed to information is good for all of us. Let your child see you read and be interested in what you read.
For young readers: read at least 20 minutes a day. Reading provides the opportunity to learn new facts, information, and entertainment. The more you read, the more you know. Don't forget to sound out words until the very end. All letters have sounds. Does it make sense?
For middle readers: Don't forget to sound out words until the very end. All letters have sounds. Does it make sense? If not, use your voabulary skills to find out what words mean and how they are pronounced. At this point the more access you have to new words the better off your language, reading, and writing will be.
For struggling readers: If you beleive yourself to be a struggling reader, find all the ways you know how to read: in a book, on the internet, on a cereal box, wherever there are letters, there are words, sounds, and meaning. For each one of you it's different. But all the suggestions you actually try for yourself will help. Sound out each letter to the very end, each letter has a sound. Try to remember some of the rules you have learned about the letters that don't seperate and the sounds they could possible make. Make charts of words that have similar patterns so you can recognize them without guessing next time you see them. If you are writing things down, don't forget to read what you write.
Math: Our connection to math is very strong regardless of how you create an algorithm or problem. Logic and number sense, algebraic thinking, spatial reasoning. Everybody does math in some capacity every day. The basic things we do everyday are in cooking and using money.
For young mathematicians: Up to second grade students are required by the Common Core to know how to count and solve math problems up to the thousands. If you can find ways to share with your children how to count this high and use what they know already know. Helping young mathematicians do simple math in their head has been a goal for educators for many years. If you do not have math manipluatives and your child needs them, you can draw a picture or use household objects to count. Resources on the internet rely on memorization. Our school uses i-ready, ask your teacher for your child's account and password. I have many resources too, but daily practice in basic math in addition and subtraction will have them ready to solve other problems later. Parents and educators should also look for the persistence in how children go about solving problems in math that they might not understand. If students are able, help them create a story that matches numbers and shapes that they are using.
Writing: Keep a daily journal. Make a list of things you do in a day. Write a story; one you made up or one that is real. Practice writing in complete sentences. Having a complete thought when writing shows your audience that you know what you are talking about. Practice in writing will prepare you for having the skill to persuade, entertain, inform, or even ask for something you want. Writing is another method of communication. We use it in text, on the internet, when we read, to communicate joy and sadness, and to communicate things we want others' to know. Keep writing.
For young writers: If handwriting is a challenge, focus on individual letters and words children like, size and spacing. The writer should be able to read his or her own writing and we all want to be able to read others' words of communication.
Speaking and Listening: Something I noticed as a teacher in the past two years is the need to teach children how to speak in a complete sentence for academics and polite behavior. When speaking with someone and you want to make your voice and opinion heard, it helps to be able to speak in complete sentences. It may feel odd to anybody that hasn't paid attention to it before, but you will notice when you read a book, the language is such that there is a complete sentence. Practice speaking in complete sentences. For example if someone asks you, "How you are doing?" You would reply. I" am doing fine, thank you. How are you?" If someone asks you what you want for dinner, you would reply, "I would like cheese pizza for dinner, thank you."
For practice listening, you may give or child short instructions as you probably already do, but beyond that, practice giving them instructions on silly things like hold a ball on your head and hop up and down three times. Draw a picture of three children, give the one on the right a ball, draw sneakers on the one on the left, and give the one in the middle a silly smile.
Science: Being an observer and documenting what is seen in writing or pictures is the best start to being a scientist. II will be doing some at home experiemnts if you would like to join me on Zoom. Watch my calendar and will help provide some resources for inspiration and learning opportunities as we go on.
Please reach out if you think I can help with your child's education in any way.