Dolphin Delivery - April 6, 2020
Good morning families - As we create this new scenario for learning there may be questions that arise for you and or your family and we encourage families to stay connected to their classroom teachers. Teachers have been working hard to connect with families and individual children. At the same time they have been collaborating with colleagues to design a different learning experience for students based on the guidelines presented by the Ministry and through the District.
The general expectation is that teachers assign about 5 hours of work per week. This week you will likely see some educational opportunities come your way and be fully in place by next week. We respect that everyone's current situation looks very different at home - the demands of work from one home to another, the number of children needing support, varying access to learning tools, and other family demands means that every family will need to develop a system that helps them navigate these new days. For these reasons our staff are working to ensure that they provide the 5 hours per week as mandated by the Ministry, but also direct you to optional learning opportunities for those who desire more or are interested in additional learning experiences..
What should learning look like at home? - As many teachers have already shared:
Set up an area for learning
Create a weekly/daily schedule - review the options sent from your teacher
What are the “must do’s” - focus on Literacy and Numeracy
READ, READ, READ - student read to family, family read to student, any kind of reading - if you can only do one thing, READ!!!
Depending on the age of your children establish a working block (every morning between 9-10 OR two working blocks throughout the day) You may like to use a timer to divide the block into smaller chunks - 15 minutes of activity A, 10 minutes activity B -
Set expectations (i.e. we are going to be working for 45 minutes) but allow for some flexibility if necessary - you can come back and work later as well - and remember - not all learning happens at the table - take advantage of the other learning opportunities offered by teachers.
Remember this is new - it may take a few tries to find what works for your family!
Word of the Week: Cooperation
Cooperation is working together and sharing the load. When we cooperate, we join with others to do things that can not be done alone. We are willing to follow the rules which keep everyone safe and happy. Together we can accomplish great things.
What does Cooperation look like at your house?
Stay tuned for opportunities to share what COOPERATION looks like at your house!