We hope that all of you are staying healthy and finding a way through this unprecedented time in history. We know it is hard to balance jobs, schooling kids, and continuing to take care of other parental responsibilities. Our hope is that you have been able to find some balance and are figuring out ways to enjoy this extra time with your child. The state is slowly starting to open back up. Please continue to take precautions for your family's health and safety, but enjoy the outdoors! We have had some beautiful weather lately, and even though there is snow in the forecast for tomorrow (May 9th!), let's hope the weather is moving more towards summer warmth and sunshine.
Over the last few weeks we have rolled out a Weekly Template for learning. Many of you have expressed that the new format is much easier to navigate than Google Classroom. We are glad! The template is full of videos, worksheets, activities, and games for Literacy and Math. Keep in mind that all of these are suggestions for keep your child's brain active and learning; take what works for your family. There is also a section for Community Time (Social Cognition). This is a spot for us to put additional social/emotional learning activities. In our classroom teaching these principles was interwoven into every aspect of our day. Each week the topics may relate to your child or they may not. Again, take what works for you and use it! Next week's template will have a video about anxiety as well as a read aloud about perseverance. Other templates have had resources about emotions, or frustration, or perspective taking. These videos and activities are typically short and could be a fun break for your child from more academic work (but they should still learn something!). Let us know if there is a specific topic that would be helpful for your child.
The second page of the template has information and links from the Unified Arts teachers as well as more supplemental materials from us. These are typically fun videos, tours, mindfulness activities, or movement breaks that might be useful to you as a fun break or reward from academic work.
Check out Sight Word Twister!
We would love to see other pictures of our students learning and playing at home.