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Preschool Distance Learning

  • 1.  Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi Everyone,

    Our district is moving to a distance learning model.  Is anyone already doing this?  If you are, can you let me know what's working?  If you're not, does anyone have ideas for how to do this in a developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive way?


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    Connie
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  • 2.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hi! I am communicating with parents via Remind101, text, phone and email.  I am also recording read alouds and posting daily in my Google classroom along with virtual field trips, educational websites, and table work that parents may print out if they have the materials.

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    Talea McGinnis
    Teacher
    Westfall
    Williamsport OH
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  • 3.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    Thanks so much for the reply.  We haven't used Google Classroom for our grade level, but do have access to it.  I'll have to look into that.

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    Concetta Warner
    Clinton CT
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  • 4.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    Our preschool has set up 3 weekly meetings via zoom.   The children can see and talk to each other as well as the teachers.  We will sing a song or two, read a book and talk with the children.    Also there has been some individual face time calls.  Trying to keep contact with our little friends.

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    Jodie Rich
    Lyme Center NH
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  • 5.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    Hello Everyone,
    I also wanted to share with preschool teachers that Preschool Distance Learning has taught me in many ways to come up with Creative Ways in how to interact with my young students who are 3/4 Year olds within a dual age group. I have taken a few lessons from an app that was provided by the preschool called SeeSaw and there you can upload activities that are geared for PREK students as well as upper grades on your classroom IPAD. I truly did not want young children fixed onto an iPad for many hours of the day. I have posted myself Reading and extending their learning through reading comprehension skills with other hands on activities to enhance their learning. I have even taken Nature Walks in my town of Maplewood NJ and have asked the students to use their Expressive Skills to record themselves Where Am I ? What Kind Of Trees Am I Standing Next To? Everyday I have conversations about the activities they have completed On Seesaw as well as Singing Number Songs, Reciting Poems, Finger Plays & much more as we are home with the CV19 crisis.

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  • 6.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    Yes! I recorded myself doing read alouds. And yesterday I recorded myself doing the "Sink or Float" science experiment. It's been so much fun doing if I'm being honest. I'll looks up more simple easy science experiments my young learners can do at home and record myself doing those as well :)

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    Kaitlyn Miller
    GSRP Teacher
    Choice schools
    Detroit MI
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  • 7.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    There are lots of good suggestions for science activities/curriculum (in English and Spanish) on the WGBH Peep and the Big Wide World website. They also have Peep Family Science apps designed for home visitors for use with families that include videos that show how to do activities at home, which might prove helpful as well. Some of the children's science museums are starting to post things that can be really useful too. Really enjoyed this one about building with cardboard at home and this simple experiment about the importance of using soap when hand washing. Think it is great when children can see their teachers doing experiments and families can try them at home, sing together, etc. Love the nature walk idea and sharing about how you are both being creative with distance learning and hope others will join in.

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    Bonnie Blagojevic
    Morningtown Consulting
    Orono ME
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  • 8.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 17 days ago
    ​Hi everyone.  Our class room are doing the same things a lot of you are doing.  Sending children a video of me reading a book to them.  I also wrote to each child to let them know that we miss them and hope they are continuing to practice writing their first and last names and also continuing to learn their alphabet and numbers.  Some of our children are not "on-line", so they will be able to at least hear from us.
    Thank you for all the positive insight.  I am sure you are all missing your kids as well.
    Be Safe...
    Sandy Greenhoe
    HeadStart/GSRP
    East Lansing, Michigan

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    Sandra Greenhoe
    Teacher Assistant
    Head Start
    Lansing MI
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  • 9.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 17 days ago
    I would caution anyone from reading a book and posting the video publically online if they do not have permission from the publisher... that's a serious copyright infringement. With so many schools closed, we are being baraged with requests and we allow it as long as the video is not posted publically (Facebook or Youtube) and the video is taken down after a few weeks. Many schools have private Facebook groups that families belong to. It's ok to post there for a week or so but not publically. My two cents.

    Stay healthy everyone!



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    Donna German
    Editor
    Arbordale Publishing, LLC
    Mt Pleasant SC
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  • 10.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    At my school we are posting a daily read aloud with a fingerplay on Seesaw.  We are creating virtual office hours and dedicating an hour to video chatting with our students in small groups via an online platform called Zoom (currently free).  As the Kindergarten teacher, I have designed e-learning activities that are partly online and partly offline in each subject area, which will take no more than an hour total.  These are mandatory for rising first graders and optional for rising Kindergarteners (I have a mixed age group).  E-learning assignments are sent out on Sunday evening and parents should upload highlighted work samples and the e-learning log to Seesaw by the following Sunday (they just have to take a picture of it and post it online).  I'm also sending home daily fun ideas to help parents keep their children engaged and learning at home.  Parents can set up e-conferences with me during the rest of my virtual office hours, which is an additional two hour block of time that I will be working in my home office.  The parents who have commented on the e-learning are excited about it and the children are excited to see their teacher online and chat with some peers.

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    Mary Porter
    Lead Teacher
    Macfeat Laboratory School
    Rock Hill SC
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  • 11.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 16 days ago
    Our teachers have been doing morning meeting/circle time on Zoom. The children love that they can see their friends and the teachers are able to continue with their lessons. They do it at the same time each day, which helps give some sort of a schedule to their day.

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    Toni Brownell
    Director of Early Childhood Education Center
    Rockwern Academy
    Cincinnati OH
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  • 12.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 19 days ago
    As people move to a distance learning model, there are considerations about what communication system might work best in your community. While there has been a conversation in the past on HELLO about different options, might be a good time to revisit as there may be new tools and/or updated capabilities. The systems have different qualities/what they do (translation support, text, free online PD, attaching photo, video, etc) and might be helpful to hear from people using a system as to how well it works and what it can do.  Also important to discuss-challenges and solutions to staying in touch with families with varying degrees of connectivity.

    So, there are technology aspects to navigate and then your question about what kinds of activities are appropriate and culturally sensitive. Appreciated reading about some of the various ways teachers are being creative in staying connected with children and families on some of the other recent threads.

    In an NAEYC TYC article published last fall, Developing Family Partnerships using New Communication Tools, some Maine teachers shared ways they were using Seesaw to stay connected with families. With a little imagination to adapt to the current situation, some of these ideas might prove useful. (For example, block constructions built in school and shared with home inviting parent comments would be reversed, so teachers can see/react to what children have created at home) In some cases, teachers created a video model (like the example of  showing how to do a sink or float experiment others have mentioned) to inspire hands-on activities with families and then also provided supplemental activities from the many available online, such as this virtual sink or float activity to provide additional learning options.


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    Bonnie Blagojevic
    Morningtown Consulting
    Orono ME
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  • 13.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hola Connie
    since March 16 we moved to remote learning
    we work with 2,3,4y
    we are using 2 platforms seesaw and zoom
    kids love zoom
    we post activities and video on seesaw
    so far has been working fine
    parents had problems signing in with seesaw
    We are following our curriculum and adapting it to zoom and seesaw
    I saw this coming around mid February so I have been preparing the teachers and school since then
    it takes some time to get use to it but it really works.
    Warm regards
    Alejandra Novillo
    Director of Operations
    Juguemos a Cantar
    Brooklyn NY

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    Maria Novillo
    Juguemos a Cantar LLC
    Brooklyn NY
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  • 14.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi Maria- how fortunate for your families that you put Seesaw and Zoom in place in time so your families can benefit now. I know Seesaw can be a great way to share activities and resources with families and was curious to know more about the ways your teachers are using  Zoom to stay connected. Also, someone was mentioning to me recently that there are many resources being shared for PreK children, but not as many for toddlers. Do you have favorites to pass along? Also would be interested in favorite movement/music sites if you/others have suggestions for toddlers and PreK.

    Thanks to @Karen Nemeth for the recent NAEYC blog post Tips for Video Chatting with Young Children and for starting a discussion for Creative Ideas for Playing with Grandchildren When You Can't be Together.

    ​​​With so many at home, for those with good connectivity options, think it is great to consider how to involve family/ grandparents in reading, playing, singing and dancing.

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    Bonnie Blagojevic
    Morningtown Consulting
    Orono ME
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  • 15.  RE: Preschool Distance Learning

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hello,

    The teachers at our preschool are recording themselves reading and sharing on a private Youtube channel.

    There are many wonderful resources to share online, but the one I am selecting is The big list of children's authors doing online read-alouds & activities. I hope everyone finds an author read-aloud to share your families.

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    Donna Karno
    Associate Professor
    University of Maine, Farmington
    Farmington ME
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