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Home Learning Program

GOALS & CURRICULUM

Our goal at CHS is to provide a meaningful and appropriate at-home learning experience for our students, which will further support and maintain connection among our extended community. Concord Hill's Home Learning curriculum supports literacy (reading, writing, phonics/word study), math and project-base learning, specialist subjects, and play.

STRUCTURE & SCHEDULE

To mirror the structure and clarity of a typical CHS school day, teachers will share a schedule of learning activities by 8:00 AM at the beginning of each week. Look for the first email on Tuesday morning, March 31, 2020. This schedule will mirror the daily experience at Concord Hill, including three to four core subject Lessons/Activities in addition to Specialist Lessons/Activities.

Preprimary, Preprimary, and Kindergarten

• Families will receive a weekly schedule by 8:00 AM on the first day of the week.

• Depending on grade level, Lessons and Activities will be communicated through the weekly schedule or will be posted on Seesaw daily by 9:00 AM.

• Daily Morning Message

- Teachers will post a Daily Morning Message on Seesaw with a welcome and overview of the day’s Lessons/Activities

- Three core Lessons/Activities will be assigned/posted for each day

• Over the course of the week there will be a balance of Literacy-reading, writing, phonic/spelling, math, handwriting, math, social studies projects, and play provocations.

• Instructions for each lesson/activity will include a recommended amount of time.

• Each Lesson/Activity will range in duration from 5 to 20 minutes.

• Please note which activities require students to post their work upon which teachers will provide feedback.

• Daily Specialist activities will also be posted in accordance with the grade level’s weekly schedule.

• Weekly individual check-in’s with students using Zoom

• Weekly whole class meetings using Zoom

First, Second & Third Grade

• Families will receive a weekly schedule by 8:00 AM on the first day of the week.

• All Lessons & Activities will be posted daily by 9:00 AM

• Daily Morning Message

- Teachers will post a daily morning message on Seesaw with a welcome and overview of the day’s Lessons & Activities
- Three to four core Lessons/Activities will be assigned/posted for each day
- Over the course of the week there will be a balance of Literacy-reading, writing, word study, hand writing, math, and social studies)

• Instructions for each lesson/activity will include a recommended amount of time

• Lessons/Activities will range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.

• Please note which activities require students to post their work upon which teachers will provide feedback.

• Daily Specialist activities will also be posted in accordance with the grade level’s weekly schedule

• Weekly math and reading group lessons/check in’s using Zoom

• Weekly Whole class meetings using Zoom

ADDITIONAL LEARNING RESOURCES

Looking for more? We’ve listed a few of our favorite online learning activities to supplement the CHS Home Learning curriculum and instruction:

Online Resources
GREAT SCHOOLS: Includes a School Closure Learning Guide as well as resources to help with the home learning transition, how to set up at-home learning, and grade-based resources to fill in the gaps.

BRAIN POP, JR!: Provides a collection of top free online game titles that tie right in to CHS curriculum, with free access due to school closures. Parents must first request permission through the website.

Creativity & Play
Reading Resources
Math Resources

PARENT RECOMMENDATIONS & EXPECTATIONS

To help our children feel safe and secure it is our job as parents to give them structure and establish routines and expectations. To set students up for success, we recommend the following:

• Help your child create a comfortable, distraction-free place to “go to school” and “work.”

• Take an active role in your child’s learning.

- Assist with materials, log into Apps, explain Lesson/Activity instructions,
and assist with planning/posting required Seesaw responses, as needed.

- Partner with your child’s teachers to identify any challenges.

- Monitor your child’s engagement, helping keep them focused and engaged.

• Provide frequent opportunities for your child to play and move outside, while practicing safe and responsible social distancing.

STUDENT RECOMMENDATIONS & EXPECTATIONS

• Give your best effort!

• Try to do as much as you can on your own, but remember to ask for help when needed.

• Demonstrate kindness and respect at home and during all online activity.

• Take your time and remember: learning is about the thinking you do, not about simply getting your work done.

FEEDBACK WELCOME!

Providing a developmentally appropriate Home Learning Program for children this age and determining what is “just right” for students and families, regarding the amount of content, screen time, level of parent support required, etc. is naturally challenging. We welcome your feedback as we seek to provide high-quality lessons and activities in alignment with our Concord Hill program and approach.

As we continue to work diligently to support our families and maintain educational continuity, there will be the expected learning curve.lease feel free to share what is working well and what we can improve with your teachers and/or Nate Dennison.