Distance Learning for Grades K-2
In an effort to maintain consistency for students, our team follows our predictable schedule at home in our distance learning. Materials for lessons are provided by our team and supplies are sorted by lesson to make it easier for students and parents/caregivers to stay on top of their learning. Lessons are delivered on Zoom and broken into whole group, small group, and one-on-one. Each students receives at least one individual meeting with a teacher weekly to check in and receive personalized instruction in math, literacy, or writing.
K-2 starts their day with a 30 minute Morning Meeting. Just like at school, we have a daily greeting to say hello to one another! Each meeting focuses on an area of current learning, whether it’s a literacy component, social studies, science, or art. We are learning about flower reproduction and pollination, so recent Morning Meetings have been related to bees and gardens. Questions of the day reflect these topics, as do our morning read aloud books. We also do a fun activity each morning to keep our bodies moving and our brains sharp!
Whole group lessons
Our whole group lessons follow 30 minutes after Morning Meetings, allowing kids to have a break to gather materials and move around. At the end of Morning Meeting, a slide is left on our Zoom Room Screen detailing what supplies students need for the next lesson. Each day covers a different topic: literacy, writing, math, art, and social studies/science. During this time, our teachers use PowerPoints and share their screens so students can clearly see the content being provided. We also watch short videos together and collaborate on ideas. Breakout rooms are used to work with smaller groups of students during this time to further expand on lessons being taught or allow students time to work independently and in small groups.
Small group lessons
Students will meet in groups ranging between two and four with a teacher to practice math, literacy, and writing concepts. This is a great way for students to share written pieces they have been working on and start offering peer feedback, play math games, or participate in a book club to help teach reading comprehension. These groupings are based on ability and differentiated to the needs of these students.
All students will meet with a teacher once per week. During this time, they may play games, have a social check-in with the teacher, or focus on an area of growth such as literacy and math to help develop and practice skills. Our students love these individual check-ins as do our teachers! We are able to provide meaningful and individualized instruction with students while deepening our connections with them.