Dear Kinder Families,
Monday, March 23rd, will be our first day of Distance Learning. Below are some tips and information to help you get started.
What will Distance Learning look like for Kindergarteners?
Each morning, before 8:00 a.m., you and your child will receive a notification via Seesaw App in notifications. Notifications will show in both your’s and your child’s Seesaw inbox. In this notification, you will receive a link to a Google Slide deck with that day’s Distance Learning engagements. Please plan to assist your child with accessing the link and getting started.
Kindergarten Week at a glance
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays there will be pre-recorded morning meetings for each of the kindergarten classes. Teachers will still be available if needed, on these days.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, your child will join a live Google Meet Session along with a small group of children from their class. Sessions will take place at either 9:00 am., 9:20 am. or 9:40 am. The schedule for these meetings, along with the link to join the meeting per class will be on the Google slide deck you will receive in your morning notification. All Google Meet sessions will be recorded!
Please help your child find a quiet spot in the house, as free of distractions as possible, for these live sessions. They may need your help at first with following our established Meeting Agreements which include: Taking turns talking, using non-verbal hand signals and practicing muting and unmuting their microphone. We expect for this to be a bit tricky at first, but are confident that the kindergartners will learn this new way of communicating with each other quickly. Use of headphones is highly encouraged.
Specialist teachers will also be hosting live sessions. These will be updated each week and will be indicated in the Google Slide Deck.
Classroom teachers will be available each day from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for additional live sessions, as needed. Please send us a notification via Seesaw or email to arrange a meeting time.
- Set up a quiet space for your child to work.
- Use headphones to help minimize noise and increase your child’s focus.
- Keep the “Home Learning” Packet we sent home nearby.
- Please ensure that you are logged in on Google Chrome with your child’s AAS Google login information. This information was sent home in your child’s Distance Learning Packet. If you are not logged into an AAS Google account via Chrome, you will not be able to access the Google Meet links.
- Videos play most easily when Google Slides are in “Present” Mode
- Make videos full screen when watching
Apps for Distance Learning
- Please note that these are two different apps
If you have ‘checked out’ an iPad from AAS then the Seesaw Class app is already installed on your child’s iPad and they are well versed in using it. If you are using your own iPad these will be the apps you will need to download and to have ready.
Setting a Schedule
It is highly recommended that you create a schedule as a family for you and your child to follow during this time. Others who have been doing this for several weeks now in other countries say that this is essential! Feel free to use or adapt the schedule below. The more you can involve your child in this process the better.
Remember to drink lots of water and to wash your hands often!
Thank you for all your support!