Hi Michelle,that's a question that I am asked fairly regularly, I understand!are you working in California? If so, I'll send you some information, specific to that 'curriculum'. I hesitate to use that word for such young children😊in general though, for two year olds I don't advise my teachers to Start off with readers when it comes to language,. You'll agree that it's all about building vocabulary and establishing pre-reading and pre-writing skills. So lots of storytelling, poems, songs, rhymes, puppetry, classified cards, audio books etc. I'm not a fan of screens at this stage of development.
This site has some good stuff for developing language with toddlers ( some things are free) - www.montessoriforeveryone.comPlease let me know your thoughts.best wishes
Monica Wiedel-LubinskiExecutive DirectorEastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS)ERAFANS.org | it's our nature
I'm interested in sharing content for all parents. English great. Spanish great. Other languages great. I am compiling this now. I can share links although we are able to upload videos as well in our new platform (to be shared soon). Thanks all for the links and shares so far. Much appreciated.
Hello Scott,In response to the pandemic and subsequent time for young children at home, our teams have created a Home Learning Book of 36 lessons based on HighScope's COR items. In addition, we safely delivered 150 Home Learning Kits of resources and supplies to all of the families in our program to assist with teaching from the Book.
The next day, we established the following goals to guide our Continuous Learning Plan:1)Build relationships first and foremost2)Communicate our plan for learning clearly3)Teach our families how to use a virtual format 4)Further the HighScope content with authentic learning and assessment, mentoring our families
We created private Facebook Home Learning Groups with specific goals for families, using the supplies, Home Learning Book, and additional resources sent home, as well as everyday items found in the home. We have videos created that introduce the importance of our Kits, that they are a learning tool and we reference Home Learning Book lessons in subsequent teaching videos.
We have established a few criteria for what seems to make for a strong home learning video (based on family engagement and posts):1)Prepare the read aloud beforehand as you would in the classroom with best practice strategies for read alouds and questions to the families2)"Channel Mr. Rogers" in your approach and speak a little more slowly, and in a friendly approachable manner, talk about everyday life as well as the lesson to connect with families3)Show the children and families that you live in a home! Use your own family members for lessons if you are comfortable with that4)Keep video lessons brief (3-5 min) to help children stay engaged in listening5)Be sure to note open-ended extensions and the "why" for the lesson in simple terms 6)Always ask for a "see and do" at the end from the families to assess they have learned from the video lessons or story, ask them to post what they have done with the lesson and have them give feedback
Our next step will be to hold Facebook Live-Home Learning Sessions to provide the give and take needed in a real dialogue as well as help us understand how we can assess the learning taking place. We typically have class on Mon-Thurs. We are not sure how many Facebook Live events we will offer per week, we are determining that with family and teacher input.
This process is not perfect and evolves daily. It is important to note we include all families in phone calls, text messages and the good, old-fashioned letter to be sure we touch the lives of all of our families in the program. :)
I am happy to share our resources and would love to discuss the wonderful work everyone else is doing in the virtual world. We see this as continuous learning for all!Be well my friends!
Shelly, great work, thank you!!
In this changing landscape, our nonprofit, the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, is offering free webinars about nature-based learning for teachers and parents. Here is the next one:
Forest and Nature Preschool Director's Call: Changing with the Season
Fri., 3/27/2020 at 8PM (EST) or Wed., 4/1/2020 at 4PM (EST)*
As an adminstrator, how are you adapting your program to provide support to families and your staff as a whole? How have you allocated staff time and resources to deliver meaningful care and learning from a distance? How will tuition payments and missed time off play out for your program? We will lean on each other during a networking call to share challenges and practical solutions that can help us all. Encouragement and support is a-given! This is a networking call, not a presentation, so plan to interact and share. We will cap the discussion at 30 participants.*In Spring,
HBR: People are feeling any number of things right now. Is it right to call some of what they're feeling grief?
Kessler: Yes, and we're feeling a number of different griefs. We feel the world has changed, and it has. We know this is temporary, but it doesn't feel that way, and we realize things will be different. Just as going to the airport is forever different from how it was before 9/11, things will change and this is the point at which they changed. The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we're grieving. Collectively. We are not used to this kind of collective grief in the air.Read the entire article here: https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief
Thank you for valuing the mental health of your teachers at this time. Adults need time and an outlet for releasing tension, and engaging playfully with one another and their environment is a wonderful way of doing that.If there's time for group activities, a yoga session might hit the spot. Or simply time to share and play games. Looking within the talents of your group, what can you offer each other? Looking without, there's a plethora of free fitness activities and and meditations available online right now. Can you look up a game that no one knows, and learn to play it together?