October 12, 2020
Hello Elementary Parents,
It’s likely that you’ve seen a recent change in the online learning experiences being provided to your child. Teachers are live streaming all of the instructional parts of their day. This includes specials teachers in the areas of Music, Library, STEM (gr. 1-4), and Art. In addition, PE classes continue to meet live on Wednesdays for all grades.
We’ve received a lot of questions about the expectations for days when students are not physically in school. The purpose of this communication is to provide clarity around those at-home days.
Classroom teachers will provide a daily, live mini lesson that introduces new learning in Reading, Writing, and Math. Additionally, there will be follow up learning experiences in each of those areas. This does not always mean that students will have to turn something in; it might just mean that they’re responsible for independent practice.
In addition to independent practice, after the mini lessons, teachers may do one of the following:
Ask certain kids to stay in a Meet for a one-on-one conference or small group meeting.
Ask online learners to come back in the Meet later on to ask questions or share their learning.
In Reading, students’ independent work will likely be a combination of Lexia (see below) and actual reading. Students will read a combination of physical books and online ones. In Writing, independent practice includes actual writing and word study work. The approximate amount of time that students should spend in each content area is included below:
|Kindergarten||Grade 1||Grade 2||Grade 3||Grade 4|
|Reading||20-30 mins.||30 mins.||30-40 mins.||45-60 mins.||45-60 mins.|
|Writing||20-30 mins.||30 mins.||30-40 mins.||45-60 mins.||45-60 mins.|
We are very fortunate to have Lexia licenses available to all K-4 students this year. Lexia is an online program that provides students with personalized learning in various aspects of literacy. To ensure that students get the biggest benefit from Lexia, students should use the program for 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times per week. Lexia is a great activity for students to do on the three days when they’re home. For Kindergarten students, the teacher will find two days to provide time for Lexia.
Specials teachers are working hard to provide valuable learning experiences. Please make sure that your child is logging into Google Meets with Specials teachers at the appropriate time. In addition, when your child is home on Orange or Blue days, please have them complete the learning activities that are assigned. Specials teachers plan lessons based on the assumption that all kids will experience these activities. Your child will miss out on important learning if they do not complete what is there.
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s principal. Thank you for your ongoing support as we do our best to ensure a successful school year for your child.