Here is a clip from the Everett Public Schools Page regarding scheduling. While we are using this time to keep prior learning sharp and extend learning opportunities, this is also a fantastic time to extend real-life learning such as cooking, measuring, reading around the community, journaling, graphing, creating, etc.
FAMILY AND CAREGIVER TIPS
AT-HOME USE OF LEARNING ENHANCEMENTS
The learning engagement guides were created to be a source of review and enrichment while your child is out of school for this extended time period. Each section of the learning engagement guide has many ideas for your child to engage in. Think of it as a “choose your own adventure” where you can pick and choose learning activities based on interest and time rather than needing to do them all.
Things to consider when scheduling your child’s day:
- Do what you can. These guides are not meant to be stressful but rather to be a support for you.
- Routines and structure are important.
- Monitor screen time. The activities suggested are intended to be interactive when possible.
- At-home learning can be more flexible than a traditional school day. Do what works best for your family’s schedule and situation.
- Taking breaks throughout the day are also important and can take many forms: breaks might include outside play, board games, puzzles, crafts or physical activity, etc.
- Depending upon the age of your child, the amount of time they can productively engage in one activity may vary and they may need more frequent breaks throughout the day.
PLANNING YOUR WEEK
Throughout the week, it is important that children engage in a variety of learning activities. Here are examples of different ways you might organize your child’s learning at-home learning experiences. *
A typical day might look like:
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Or like this:
- Social Studies/Science
- Art project
- Walk to the park looking for evidence of animal homes
- Math games
- Call grandma/grandpa or another family member
- Social Studies
- Reading about Social Studies
Writing about Science
- Science experiments
- Outdoor games
*If your child has IEP Goals, support is listed in the major content areas of the learning engagement guide.
If you create a schedule, be creative to meet your family’s needs.
Our Weekly Schedule:
Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten
- You are your child’s first teacher and your interactions and play encourage brain development.
- Talk, talk, talk with your child! Conversations and questions encourage language development.
- Limit screen time and keep activities hands-on, active, and engaging. The activities provided are suggestions for ways to interact and keep your child engaged.
- Throughout the day, aim to engage in one activity per area of focus (reading, math, science, social-emotional).
K – 5 Reading and Writing
- It is recommended that children read and write daily for at least 15 – 30 minutes (K-2) and 30 – 40 minutes (3-5).
- Support book selection and use Question Stems throughout the text to talk about what your child is reading and to check for understanding.
- Be an active listener while your child reads and retells key events or details.
- Encourage rereading to promote fluency.
- Support your child in choosing writing topic ideas, organizing, editing and revising their work.
K – 5 Math and Science
- Support your child’s curiosity. Instead of immediately answering their questions, ask what they think and work together to make a plan to find the answer to their questions.
- Encourage your child to share their thinking. Two great questions to ask your child are: “Why do you think that?” or, “How do you know?”
- Call out the math and science that is all around us every day. For example, when at the grocery store, have your child think about how much money will be needed to buy certain items. Or, when outside make observations and look for evidence of spring in the plants.
- WA State Common Core Standards
- Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development at Home
- Common Sense Media (This site provides curriculum resources as well as rates online sites, movies, TV shows, and print resources.)