Just to clarify for everyone, the reason I have you sending me pictures is because it is how I will have to report and assess at the end of the year for your report card. This is how I can maintain accountability and keep track of progress and how your child is doing. If you are doing the work but not sending me pictures, I’d love for you to try and upload pictures as you go, so that I am am not left with no evidence of all the hard work you are doing. If you are having difficulty with this, let me know and I will try to help you figure out what is going wrong.
Thanks 🙂 I’m so proud of all the work that I am seeing come in!
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating that Jesus is victorious. Even though we had to change the way we celebrated this weekend, we can rest in the knowledge that God is unchanging!
This week I am trying out a slightly new format. It is a combination of structured activities for the day, with some weekly choice activities that are posted the same each day. I am trying to balance the motivation of choice with the burden of too many places to find things and move around to. I am also trying to provide some choice where technology is an option, but not the only way to do it (that being said, some things are unavoidable).
You will see a page for each day of the week, and you just need to go to that day, and everything you need will be there. And just for the record, I realize that they are not in order of the days of the week,but I can’t figure out how to change that 🤷♀️ 🤦♀️
I am also attaching to this post an overview of the entire week so that those of you who like to be able to see the big picture can have a snapshot of that.
I hope the changes are clear, and that this switch is helpful for all!
This week we are also going to pick up our Read Aloud that we had started – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! A dear friend of mine, who also happens to be a great story teller, is going to help me out with this, keep it engaging and exciting to listen to online! I hope they enjoy the reading each day 🙂
I will email you in the morning on your day for a video conference. Same as last week, please don’t sign in until it is your assigned time. And make sure that you check your junk mail if you don’t see it in your inbox. Looking forward to chatting with you all this week!
Mrs. S, Mrs.Caswell, and Mrs. Dekoff have recorded chapel for you as well! So here this is attached and you can watch, maybe even as a family, when you have time!
Let me know if you have any questions. You are all going to rock week 2!
If you are having trouble opening videos or pictures attached to the blog at all, please try to open on a computer (as opposed to an iPad or iPhone), I am trying to figure out why I can’t open things on an iPad at the moment, but have not yet figured it out.
Thanks for a great second day. I enjoyed talking to several of you this morning, and look forward to more conversations tomorrow 🙂
I also want to say a huge thank you for your support, encouragement and involvement so far. I recognize this is not easy, and that it is a big learning curve for everyone, including me. It has been a steep, and at times, overwhelming change, and I am learning and figuring things out along the way as you are.
That being said, feedback is appreciated. I will ask some specific questions in the next couple days, but I also want you to feel free to let me know what is working well for you, or if your are finding something more challenging. This will help me to shape where we go from here.
Just a reminder to you all: this season is not homeschool, it is school at home. You are not responsible for teaching and figuring out where to go, you are facilitating and helping your child do what I am asking. And school at home is not the same as school. This is teaching in a crisis situation, so it is not expected that your child is doing school for 6 hours a day. We want to take things nice and slow, figure it out as we go, not try to go full tilt right from the get go and be overwhelmed.
Well, Day 1 is complete! It appears as though we have had a good first day, not free of bumps along the way, but definitely I’ve seen lots of pictures with great work. I hope you feel the same after working for the day with your children 😉
That being said, I also recognize that you may have been having some issues with FreshGrade. I myself am having issues with FreshGrade. An email said they are working on it and hope to have the issues worked out soon. So if you were trying to post things, please try again tomorrow. I’m hoping that it is all figured out, if it is not, I will let you know how to proceed at that point. Sorry about this, technology is awesome, until it isn’t! 🙁
Now, on another note … tomorrow morning starts our Video Conferences! I am looking forward to seeing each of you and chatting with you! I will email you a link on your day. You will have to click on this link and join the google meeting. Please make sure that you enable the microphone and the camera when it asks you. I am going to try sending just one link, but that means you need to make sure that you don’t join the meeting until your exact time because I will be with another student until your time. If you have any confusion about this, let me know and I will try and clear it up!
Alright everyone, we are kicking off our at home schooling week 1!
I am excited to see how this rolls out, as it has been a very busy week of trying to figure it all out. I hope this all seems manageable, and that we can have great success. I am hoping that I have been very clear about how this works, and that everything you need is easily at your fingertips. That being said, I am available by email as needed, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help.
What you see below is a ‘Learn at Home Menu’. The menu is a snapshot of the activities that we will try to accomplish this coming week April 6-9th. You can print it out and hang it on your fridge. My goal is that students will choose three academic activities plus a physical activity each day. The instructions for each activity with pictures and videos will be on different pages: Math, Reading, Writing, and Other … and then there is a page for Physical Activity, as well. You should see these pages at the top of the blog. Look here for instructions for everything. I am asking for pictures of many of the activities, this is how I am going to be be assessing, and holding accountable … it also gives me some information about where to go in my video conference with your child. So please, make sure you are posting pictures onto FreshGrade.
This is a goal and we can evaluate the amount of work it is at the end of the week. I think some of you will want more and some will be happy with the Weekly Menu. We will evaluate together at the end of the week. My goal is not to overwhelm either of us!
This week is a short week. Friday is Good Friday, so I have only provided activities for 4 days. I look forward to see all the great work that is going on, and to chatting with your children at their conference time this week 🙂
Happy Sunday everyone! I’m sorry to be messaging you on Sunday, but I want to try and have everything set up for you to be ready to go this week and there is one more thing I need you to sign up for to complete your jobs this week.
Go to BrainPop Jr. (just type it in google)
Click on ‘Enter Code’ at the top
Enter your class code ( our class code is sister2876)
Create an account – make sure you save your account username and password or write it down somewhere so you can access BrainPop Jr. again
Once you are on the website you will see a notification – if you click on that you will see the first assignment that I have assigned – it is about the water cycle – and it is one of the jobs for this week.
Thanks so much! And if you need any help figuring this out, feel free to email me.
Raz Kids is an online reading program that we are going to use every week. The books will be familiar to some of you because it is the same program I use in the class for Home Reading, we are just switching it up to the online version 🙂
When you log on you will see that I have already assigned 3 books to your child. I want your child to choose just ONE (this just allows for some choice) for the week. Practice that book each day (reading it, NOT listening to it), as if it was your home reading. There are comprehension questions that go with it. I don’t want those questions to be answered until you have read the book 5 times. The Reading Comprehension questions will be one of the jobs on your bingo chart each week.
In a couple weeks, I will assign an assessment reading activity as opposed to practice books. At this time I will be checking to see if they are ready to level up, or need more practice at the level I have them at. I recognize that some of you may be ready to read at a higher level right away here, please be patient with me as I figure out how to get you all placed at the level where you should be, and as I am trying to keep track of a lot of new information and new ways to assess. Thanks 🙂
Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher’s username, trast0
Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart
Step 4: Your child enters his or her password
Passwords are being emailed to you – passwords just require clicking on the picture that they are assigned.
This is the only way RAZ Kids will be required to be used. It does have a Reading Room available as well. When you log on, you can go into the Reading Room and read or listen to books for any of the other silent reading blocks if you so choose, it is not the expectation that you will.
I just emailed you all a link to a Google Doc where you can sign up for a time slot to meet with me each week. If you do not have a google account and can only view the document, email me with the time slot you would like and I will write your name in, otherwise, you can just edit it yourself. Thanks!
It was so good to connect with almost all of you, be able to hear how you are doing and just generally check-in.
Take it slow!
First off, I want to remind you, this is a learning curve for all of us, and I don’t expect huge things out of you and your children right off the bat here. We are going to take it one day at a time, and we are going to navigate this together. I will be sending out information on expectations for academics, you are not expected to just know what to do without any guidance. I am here to instruct, and help and support however I can along the way. Right now, it is just hanging tight while I get things organized and ready to send out to you 🙂
FreshGrade and Blog:
Second, there is a lot of information, a lot to take in … please make sure that you are checking in here regularly. I would appreciate you checking my blog as well as checking FreshGrade every day, at least for the beginning here. It was lovely to see some pictures of your smiling children, those of you that did my first job on FreshGrade. If you have not yet done this, please do so ASAP. It allows me to see that you are all set up and that everything is working. If you are having trouble with this, let me know. My blog and FreshGrade are going to be the primary ways of communication between us, so these are so important to be checking them regularly, but also participating and uploading pictures as I’m requesting. In order for me to stay on top of things, participating is necessary 🙂
After you have completed the first job on FreshGrade, I would like your child to do a second. And that job is to set up a space where they will be doing their school work, and take a picture of your child sitting there showing me where they will work. This space should be a space that is relatively clean and free of distractions. This will be helpful in allowing them to stay focused and concentrate on their work. Please take a picture and upload it onto FreshGrade for me to see! I have uploaded a little video on FreshGrade of me and my workspace to help them out 🙂
Drive-Thru Pick-up Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the Drive-thru pick-up of your child’s belongings, as I’m sure you are all aware. I have packed up the classroom … which I have to say was not an enjoyable task as it just made me sad that we were not going to be in the classroom. All of your child’s things have been put in that bag … everything in their lockers, all their workbooks, and everything from their desks. I am hoping you will have everything you need. That being said, they will need their journals, the extra notebook that I provided, and their pencil boxes. Their journal they will use for their journal assignments. The blank notebook can be used for all the other writing activities that they are asked to do. Please have them start at the beginning and work through the book page by page, not flipping around, otherwise they may have a hard time staying organized.
Creating a Schedule:
And finally, a schedule! As we move into online learning, it will be very important for both of us to set up a schedule. The students rely heavily on the routines that are established in the classroom, and I think that having a routine will be very helpful in the success of school at home. There is no right way to create a schedule, and it will look different for each family as the needs are all so different. I would suggest having a set time when they get up, and that they get dressed and ready for the day as if they were actually going to school. And I would also suggest having set times in the day to do academics, so that they become familiar with work times being work times, and it is not a question or a battle each day to do it. Schedule in lots of down time and outside activity. So please, take some time and create a schedule. It will help keep you on track and focused, and it will help the students to feel more empowered to complete their work and to do their best. Feel free to let them know that I have required certain times to be work periods, if you think it will help set that routine 😉
An example of a schedule:
7:00 – Time to get up
7:00-8:00 – Get dressed, brush teeth, eat breakfast … get ready for the day
8:00-8:30 – Chores or one job from mom/dad (make their bed, tidy playroom, etc)
8:30-9:30 – do one school job (see Learning at Home Choice Board for the week)
9:30-10:30 – free play time – outside, in the playroom, whatever they want
10:30-11:00 – snack time
11:00-12:00 – do one school job (see Learning at Home Choice Board for the week)
12:00-1:00 – Lunch time – help prep or clean up from lunch as well
1:00-2:00 – do one school job (see Learning at Home Choice Board for the week)
2:00-3:00 – free play time
And then end the day with your regular evening routine. Try to keep routine bedtime, treating school at home as though they are going to school the next day and need to be up and ready to go as they regularly would.
Again, I want you all to know that we are in this together, and while I am still figuring this out as we go, I am here to support you in any way possible! Let me know if there is something. I expect there to be some bumps along the way … but we will just work through each day as it comes. I so appreciate your support, your encouragement, and your willingness to partner with me to keep your child learning and growing in this difficult season! Feel free to be in touch as you need to, thanks!