April 23, 2020
EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON LEARNING AT ROCKY KNOLL SCHOOL…HOW WE “STAY” THE COURSE!
The teachers of Rocky Knoll School are being interviewed and asked several questions regarding the “new normal” way of learning for RKS. Each week one teacher will be featured to share their responses:
This week’s response is from Alisha Boggess - Kindergarten
Mrs. Boggess reports that her kindergarten class is having a mixed bag of successes and some struggles with the Zoom teaching format. At this age, children find it difficult to continually be engaged while using a computer. Some other challenges that she is facing with her classes include helping those who had already been struggling with certain areas. Unfortunately, students who require more one on one assistance will need more assistance from their parents because she is not physically with them during the day. She also stated that there are some very encouraging things to report. Some students seem to read more fluently and successfully in the family setting. However, in spite of everything, the kindergarten class is forging ahead.
Words of Wisdom for your students: We are all in this together! So, we will work with each other to achieve as much as possible. Always remember….God is in control! J
Plea to Parents: Due to the new “normal” way of learning, some areas may be more difficult to teach such as tying shoes and teaching money. It is more difficult because you cannot observe and provide feedback to students using the Zoom system. Therefore, it is vital that the parents assist in these areas as much as possible on a regular basis so that the students become more familiar with such things. Also, it is important to avoid distractions if at all possible. Some may not be avoidable, but keeping these to a minimum can assist in your child’s learning and create consistent learning routines which definitely help a child’s learning process.
One final question…
WILL THE STUDENTS BE READY FOR PROMOTION TO THE NEXT GRADE WITH SCHOOL BEING CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR?
Mrs. Boggess replied “I am very confident that students will be ready to move on to first grade in spite of the current interruptions in the learning experience.
RKS PRE-K PROGRAM:
RKS is now providing a Pre-K program to all our Pre-K families! RKS felt it was very important to continue this program for our Pre-K students as they are part of our educational program. As of April 21st, Mrs. Janetzko began offering three, 30 min., ZOOM sessions for all the Pre-K students which will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Materials for students are available for pick up at the school just as we have been providing for our K-8th students. This system has been working well for our K-8th families and we have no doubt it will work just as well for our little ones!
FROM THE REALM OF TECHNOLOGY:
If anyone is struggling with technology issues or have any questions for technical support, please remember you may contact our technology director, William Rhinehart, at (540) 336-6772.
Tips & Tricks:
Structure Up – COVID-19 has taken away our daily work, home and school routines. This is hard for children and for you. Making routines can help. So, try the following:
Create a flexible but consistent daily routine…
Stick to a schedule, for you and your children, that has time for structured activities as
well as free time. This can help children feel more secure and better behaved.
Teach your child about keeping safe distances…
If it is OK, get your child(ren) outside for some fresh air. Also write letters and draw
pictures to share with people during this time of social distancing. You can put them up
outside your home for others to see and enjoy. Reassure your child by talking about
how you are keeping safe. Listen to their suggestions and take them seriously.
Make handwashing and hygiene fun…
Make a 20 second song for washing hands. Add actions! Give children points and praise
for regular handwashing. Make a game to see how few times we can tough our faces
with a reward for the least number of touches (you can count for each other).
Keep calm and manage stress with positive vibes…
Feel like screaming? Give yourself a 10 second pause. Breathe in and out slowly five
times. Then try to respond in a calmer way. Many parents say this helps – A LOT! Take
care of yourself, so you can support your child. Use consequences which help teach
your children responsibility for what they do. This also allows discipline to be
controlled. Give your child a choice to follow before giving them the consequences.
And most importantly, make sure you FOLLOW THROUGH with all consequences. For
example, taking away a phone for a week is hard to enforce. But, taking it away for one
hour is more realistic. Once the consequence is over, give you child a chance to do
something good, and praise them for it. Praise for being good and consistent routines
will reduce bad behavior.
LINKS FOR USEFUL INFORMATION DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Twitter accounts for Reliable Information - https://fortune.com/2020/03/14/coronavirus-updates-twitter-accounts-covid-19-news/
Office of the Governor, Jim Justice - https://governor.wv.gov/News/press-releases/2020/Pages/COVID-19-UPDATE-Gov.-Justice-reports-first-community-cluster-of-COVID-19,-encourages-residents-to-stay-calm,-keep-practici.aspx