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Distance Learning Engages Schechter’s Youngest Students Too!
Schechter’s Early Childhood team has jumped into the challenge of distance learning, taking on a new platform in order to stay connected to our youngest students during this time of school closure.
The teaching team communicates with their EC students and families through a program called Seesaw, which lets them upload videos of themselves engaging their students in all domains of learning. Their main goals are to stay connected to the children and families and also maintain a sense of normalcy and daily routine, which is essential for young students.
Each day, the children receive a “Morning Meeting” video which includes meditation, prayers and songs. The teachers also record hands-on engaging activities for the children that incorporate materials that the families will have around their homes.
Some of this week‘s highlights included patterning with fruits, (math) a sink and float activity (science), rainbow toast (art/ cooking) a lady bug counting book (math/literacy), yoga (physical movement) and Kabbalat Shabbat with songs and blessings (Judaics). The outcome of this week’s digital learning platform has been remarkable! Parents were thrilled that their children remained engaged all week. They enthusiastically sent in pictures of their kids watching, singing, and experimenting. Michelle Fontaine, Early Childhood Coordinator, noted that the pictures and comments parents are sending “has warmed our hearts. We miss our children dearly and treasure this digital connection!”