Early Years

Online learning in Early Years supports children in learning through play. Learning offers authentic opportunities to focus on key developmental abilities. Learning engagements emphasize interaction and creativity. These activities involve minimal technology or specialized materials. Students are involved in a balance of activities to holistically support their growth and development. Students will be able to access online learning from their teachers using Seesaw.

Our Approach

  • Learning for students is holistically focused, giving students the opportunity to develop cognitive, physical and social emotional skills.
  • Learning engagements are playful, inquiry-based explorations.
  • Learning engagements encourage children and families to engage in learning together within their environment.
  • Learning connects to current units of inquiry and curriculum. 
  • Art and creative design ideas are intended to provide children with opportunities to develop creativity, expression, language, and fine-motor skills.
  • Opportunities and prompts support students to share their feelings, considering how they can manage concerns they may experience as a result of the change in their schooling and being away from their friends and the school environment.

Daily Routines

Expand schedule.

  • Establish routines and expectations.
  • Monitor communications from your child's teacher via email and Seesaw.
  • Take an active role in helping your child process their learning.
  • Assist students in documenting their learning on Seesaw.
  • Establish times for quiet and reflection and provide time for your child to have ownership over their own use of time and activity.
  • Encourage physical activity and exercise.
  • Remain mindful of  your child’s stress or worry.
  • Monitor how much time your child is spending online.
  • Communicate concerns or questions with the teacher via email not through Seesaw.
Classroom Teachers
  • Start each day with a pre-recorded, posted video welcome for students on Seesaw.
  • Plan learning engagements that are easily understood and facilitated by parents.
  • Share the learning engagements for the day with students and families via Seesaw. 
  • Provide learning engagements that include time away from the devices, such as outdoor play where appropriate.
  • Provide opportunities for reflection and feedback on student learning through posts on Seesaw.
  • Be available via email to answer questions about the activities, as needed from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
Teacher Assistants
  • Communicate regularly with classroom teachers to identify ways they can support students and contribute to the learning.
  • Monitor student learning and provide feedback to students, as requested by the teachers they support.
  • Engage with students via Seesaw.
STAR Teachers
  • Engage students in activities via Seesaw using the following STAR schedule.
  • Plan activities that are easily understood and facilitated by parents.
  • Provide opportunities for students to share their learning on Seesaw. 
  • Provide reflection and feedback on students' posts on Seesaw.
  • Be available via email to answer questions about the activities, as needed from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
School Counselor
  • Support classroom teachers with social emotional learning.
  • Serve as support for students and families. 
  • Host office hours at set times for families and students to access counseling sessions virtually if required.
  • Support teachers to provide students with wellbeing activities.
Learning and Curriculum Coordinator
  • Collaborate with the subject or classroom teachers in order to plan for students on their caseload.
  • Scaffold, modify, or differentiate activities, as necessary, for students based on their workload.
  • Communicate regularly with students and their parents about students’ workload to ensure they have success with tasks.
  • Provide supplementary learning activities for students based on their workload, who may benefit from additional practice to support their individual needs.
  • Monitor student learning and provide feedback and next steps.
Library Media Specialist
  • Collaborate with colleagues to find resources for high-quality learning experiences and research.
  • Regularly check in with classroom teachers to identify ways to support the design of learning experiences.
  • Be available for teachers as needed to support the development of rich learning engagements.
  • Continually monitor the needs of teachers, students, and parents and troubleshoot their challenges, as needed.
  • Be available in person or remotely to provide on-demand tech support help for teachers.

CURRENT STATUS: Campus will remain closed and distance learning will be in place through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 


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