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Student Support: Early Childhood

  • Connect with each of your students every week -via video chat, Zoom, or phone calls.
  • Establish "office hours" for communication with families. This should be a consistent time you are available to answer questions and provide guidance. Family communication is critical to your students' success.
  • Provide resources/directions for caretakers for all activities. (It may be older siblings helping with instruction.)
  • Make kits with hands-on materials to have families pick up or to be delivered (weekly or biweekly).
  • Help families create predictable routines for learning. Share recommendations for minutes of each activity that families can easily accomplish.
  • Establish a timeline to complete work with caregivers. (Examples: weekly check-ins with each family, open-ended discussion with the child, have caregivers take pictures of work and submit through app/email, weekly or daily challenges to showcase learning, etc.)
  • Emphasize the importance of daily reading with children.
  • Work with families to create a predictable routine each day for learning and play, in whatever timeframe works best for each family.

Early Childhood: Opportunities for Voice and Choice

  • Help caregivers understand what this looks like in the classroom, and how that translates to the home setting.
  • Provide guidance in how to follow their child's lead and what success with continuous learning looks like.
  • Provide prompt questions/video sources for families to use during play and reading that encourage critical thinking. (Examples: "Tell me about what you are drawing." "What made you think of that?" "How could you…")
  • Share what you do in your classroom that could work at home. Use resources familiar to your students.

Options for Schools Without Digital Learning for Families

  • Create project packs for students in need of supplies (paper, pencils, consumable manipulatives or supplies).
  • Distribute fitness calendar/art prompts to give a broad menu of options using little to no home equipment.
  • Create a document with familiar songs for students to sing at home.
  • Create a list of projects/skills that can be completed to meet required competencies.
  • Offer activities related to relaxation and mindfulness strategies. These days can be very overwhelming and uncertain for young children and their caregivers.