It seemed like most of the feedback I got from the calendar format I started last week was positive, so we are going to continue on with the calendar with a few changes this week in order to make sure all programs are accessible to everyone. I emailed everyone the calendar this morning. Please let me know if you have any questions about our weekly schedule.
I felt the students were very engaged with the FlipGrid program, so that is also part of this week’s calendar. Here is the student tutorial for how to use Flip Grid if you didn’t get a chance to try it last week. Please keep in mind, we do not have a class code at this time to allow for easiest access, but I have included a flip code that may be needed in order for student’s to record their response.
Unfortunately, this week, we will discontinue using Vooks as a read aloud program. I loved that the children could read aloud with the books, but it also has very limited FREE resources, and I don’t want anyone to be obligated to sign up for a subscription to do our Read Aloud.
I sent out Zoom invitations to all families for Circle Time on Monday, April 13 at 10 a.m. During circle time, I will be reading The Magic School Bus Fights Germs. If your child is unable to attend circle time, you can find the book read aloud on YouTube. Please help your child mute their microphones during the zoom meeting, and keep it on speaker view. We will be able to talk and interact throughout the meeting, but the students should use the “raise a hand” feature in zoom so that we can make sure that the speaker can be heard.
I know there were some issues with logging onto the Scholastic Learn at Home activities last week. If you click the link in the calendar and it prompts you for a username and password, here is what you should use:
Hopefully this will help everyone be able to gain access to these fun, interactive lessons! Thank you for your patience!
I also wanted to share with you that the Hawaii Public Libraries have been updating their online resources, so if you don’t have many books in your home, you can find books to read on their site.
I asked in my email last week to think of a way to thank our essential workers. I hope you had time to think about it and if you did anything about it, please send me a pic! If you would like to send a thank you card to the healthcare workers at the ICU, you can mail cards to my address and I will give them to my neighbor who works at the ICU to distribute. She said they would appreciate the moral support! My address is 2679 Kalialani Circle, Makawao, HI 96768.
I can not stress enough the importance of reading with your child at this time. Please try to spend 30 minutes a day reading with your child. Depending on the level of your child’s reading, you can either assist them as they are sounding out words, or do echo reading in which you read a group of words and your child reads it back to you. If your child is an independent reader, and can do reading on their own, they can use their time to read on their own.
This Friday, April 17, I have set up optional, virtual meeting times with students through Google Meet. This is a chance for them to show me some of their work, or just check in about how homeschool is going. I sent emails inviting small groups to different meeting times to everyone last week and have gotten many confirmations from students. I look forward to seeing their smiling faces!
I also created an Instagram Account for students to share their work with each other and “Show What You Know.” I loved getting all the student work pics this week, but thought it would be cool to share with others in our class. It is a private account, but you can tag me in your pics to post if you follow me @missemilyshowwhatyouknow, or you can send me a message of your student’s work for me to share.
Aloha, Ms. Emily