Academics

Lower School Remote Learning

 

The outline below provides an idea of what to expect as a Lower School parent during this season of remote learning. Some activities will be completed independently by the student, and some activities will require parental support. The activities can be completed at whatever time best suits your family. Lower School classroom teachers will begin communicating about how to get started with remote learning on the morning of Wednesday, March 18.

 

PreK, Kindergarten, and First Grade

  • A weekly email will be sent to parents with a menu of activities to be completed by students. 
  • Students will participate in one-on-one conversations with their teachers and teacher assistants through Google Hangout during the week. These live video chats will be scheduled in advance with your family. 
  • PreK, kindergarten, and first-grade students may access Google Hangout through their parent's devices.

 

Second, Third, and Fourth Grade

  • Google Classroom will be used as the primary communication platform for students and parents. Through Google Classroom, teachers will share a link with a plan for each week. 
  • Students will participate in one-on-one conversations with their teachers and teacher assistants through Google Hangout during the week. These live video chats will be scheduled in advance with your family. 

Tips for Parents

The most important way that parents can assist their students during this time is to help establish a routine and set the right environment for study. Sustained periods of remote education are successful when students have a routine to follow and a space in which to work and learn. Once you have an idea about daily time commitments, plan a schedule for your child to follow. Stick to as predictable a daily routine as possible. Don't forget to include times for breaks and lunch.  

 

In addition to developing a daily learning schedule, it is important to identify an at-home learning space for your child. Ideally, this space should have: 

  • A computer, iPad, Chromebook or other devices when they are to meet with their teacher 
  • Good lighting 
  • Ready access to learning materials 
  • Easy visibility by parents or guardians enabling them to readily support learning, such as at the kitchen table, a large kitchen counter, or a desk in a living room or family room.