I am trying a new format for virtual learning this week that I hope will be helpful. I have emailed all of you a weekly calendar with links on what lessons I suggest for the week. I am hoping this helps to organize and plan your time more efficiently. Let me know what you think!
I have really enjoyed seeing the work that you have sent me that your students are doing at home! It really brightens my day to see their projects. I miss seeing their smiling faces every day. During this week’s calendar, I have attached a few short videos that I made using Flip Grid. The student’s should be able to record a response to the video, and share with everyone. Here is a student tutorial for how to use Flip Grid. 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 on the calendar that may be needed in order for student’s to record their response.
This week, we will be doing a new read aloud book using the Vooks program. This site allows students to read along with the book we are reading. This week, we will be reading A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip Stead. Activities are listed in the calendar except for Tuesday’s Scavenger Hunt.
- Scavenger Hunt: Ask the children to go on a scavenger hunt. As the children watch A Sick Day For Amos McGee ask them to find: ○ the number on the bus Amos takes to the zoo ○ to count the number of times they see a red balloon ○ to count how many times they see the penguin.
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.
If you do not have a large home library of books, here is a link to free books on audible that you can play for your students as a read aloud, https://stories.audible.com/discovery.
Beginning on Friday, April 17, I am setting up optional, virtual meeting times with students through Google Hangout 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. Please let me know if you can make it!
Aloha, Ms. Emily