Each day, you will receive a detailed post, on our blog and SeeSaw, explaining our E-Learning plans for the day.
Some family homework is to get signed up on See Saw using the QR code page that was sent home in your child’s folder on Friday. Once logged on, check out our “What I’m Reading” post. You and your child can respond to this post by adding a photo of your child reading, a photo of the book cover they liked the most from reading workshop today, or by posting a video of them reading to our “classroom journal”. This will help us teachers to know who is logged into SeeSaw and will keep friend and teacher connections going strong! If you have any problems logging on, please email Miss Lavelle @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another aspect we ask you to consider is deciding how to schedule your child’s typical day and where to set up your child’s “at-home” learning materials. You might consider materials to keep in this space (a bin for school materials, crayons/colored pencils/pencils/pens/loose paper etc.). Below you will find a sample “at-home” schedule. We will send this PDF out via email for you to print and use on your own. You can cut the pieces to put them in an order you see best fitting your child’s day! You can use the “total points” section as you wish or just ignore it altogether!
Reading: 20 minutes total
You will find various books in your child’s cloth reading bag. Most of the books are at or just above their independent reading level (marked with a rainbow sticker on the binding) so your child should be able to read almost of the words on his/her own. At school, our kiddos read and reread these books for a whole week before they are swapped out for new books, so they should be comfortable with the idea of reading books over and over again! The art of rereading helps them to develop stronger accuracy, fluency and comprehension skills. This is the time when our kiddos should be activating their “Extra Strength Super Reader Powers,” which are highlighted on the chart below:
Avid, independent reading looks like:
- Building a stack of books and reading through that stack without interruption
- Then, rereading back through the stack so each book is read twice
- Readers focus in on the pictures for tricky word support
- Readers stay in 1 spot the whole time!
Avid, independent reading sounds like:
- Reading each word out loud to the best of your child’s ability
- Rereading a word or sentence when it doesn’t make sense
- “Stretching out” tricky words using letter sounds and spelling patterns they know
- Adults don’t read for the child during this time or get read to – that can be saved for “partner” reading time!
After independent reading, readers can transition into partner reading time (can read to a stuffy, sibling, caregiver or parent). This should last 10 minutes.
Partner reading looks like:
- Sitting elbow to elbow, knee to knee with your partner
- 1 book in the middle of the reading partners so both can see!
Partner reading sounds like:
- Seesaw reading (1 partner reads 1 page, the other listens, then you switch!) OR (1 partner reads 1 whole book, then the next partner reads 1 whole book)
- Echo reading (1 partner reads 1 page, 1 partner echos what the first partner reads, then you switch!)
- Choral reading (both partners read the same words at the same time)
- Partners coaching one another when they get to a tricky, unknown word
Suggestions for successful independent reading time:
- Setting a 10 to 15 minute timer (Think: Google Home, Alexa, oven/microwave, egg timer)
- Allowing your child to create a cozy reading nook somewhere in the house that will help with distractions
- Using a reading mat (specific to K-Lavelle class and photo of “reading mat” above) for keeping books organized while reading
- Putting all SFX books back into the book bag when done so they do not get mixed in with other books from home
Writing Workshop: 20 minutes
Please have your child choose from 1 of the following prompts to write a book about! Writing workshop booklets should be created with pencil or pen and only upon completion of the book they should color in the pictures using crayon or colored pencil. Your child might not finish their writing piece in 1 day and that’s ok! They also may finish writing about more than 1 topic which is wonderful too. These booklets can be kept in a special folder or basket for easy retrieval each day. If you cannot print multiple pages of the writing sample page we included in the E-Learning packet, you can make your own! Kindergarten writing booklets should include:
- Portrait-style pages for ample writing space
- A designated space for pictures
- 4 to 7 double-line lines for text that can be created using a ruler (measure the double-line spacing on the page we provided for guidance)
- Making booklet pages double-sided to conserve paper
- Adding a cover page to the front with room to include the title, author’s name, date and a picture!
- Uploading your child’s book to his/her See Saw page at the end of the day. They can take pictures of each page and add a dictation, or take a video of them reading the booklet
- How To Play My Favorite Game
- Things To Do In The Mud
- The Best Present
Books should include pages with:
- Full, detailed sentences
- Sight words spelled correctly
- Tricky words spelled with letter-sound and spelling pattern knowledge
- Pictures that match the words on the page
- Labels throughout the picture
- All pages go together/should be in the book
Word Work: 10 minutes
- Remove the first page of the -ap / -ag word sort (sort #8)
- Ask your child to name each picture and read each word in the sort
- Discuss the -ap/-ad word families (a word family is defined as words that have the same spelling pattern at the end – vowel AND ending letter) AKA rhyming words!
- As your child to cut out each sort piece on the dotted line and write his/her name on the back of each piece (great extension practice)
- Ask your child to sort the sort 3x
- Put pieces away in a plastic baggie or envelope until tomorrow. This can be kept in your child’s folder or designated “at-home” work bin
Math: 10-20 minutes
- Complete the 1st page of our math packet (front and back)
- Extension Activity: Create tricky teens counting piles for numbers 11-13
- Find and photograph (to optionally share on SeeSaw) the tricky teen counting piles you created! Piles should be of all the same object (Ex. 11 = legos, 12 = crayons etc.) Get creative!
Religion: 5-10 minutes
- Pray before bed
- For a great selection of online stories told by a host of celebrities, visit Storyline Online at: https://www.storylineonline.net/
- For free extension lessons from our favorite science curriculum with the infamous “Mr. Doug” visit Mystery Science at: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
- For indoor movement breaks, visit Go Noodle at: https://www.gonoodle.com/for-families/
Please email with any questions or needs you come across! Stay well!
The SFX K Team