Pre-K Plan for the Continuity of Learning
Moving Forward: Engaging in Learning At-Home
- Learning Packets
- Learning Through the TV
- ACPS Story Hour
- Learning Together: At Home Tips From One ACPS Family to Another
Early Childhood teachers consider the whole-child approach the priority as they plan for additional learning opportunities for their students. The teachers encourage growing independence through a range of activities and experiences that promote children’s developing competence.
In an effort to supplement learning for our youngest learners during the closure, an alternate paper package of activities will be prepared and distributed to engage them in their learning. These packets will include at-home learning activities through five separate, two-week periods.
The areas of focus include:
- writing/fine motor
- gross motor
- and nature-based experiences
All of these studies provide a context for meaningful learning necessary for all children and allows them to deepen their natural curiosity and their eagerness to want to discover and learn more while also promoting healthy growth and development.
An Early Childhood Distance Learning Family Resource Guide will also be sent home to support families. It will include: daily/visual schedules, links to digital resources, tips for parents, and enrichment activities.
Starting Tuesday, April 14, ACPS will be utilizing two TV channels (Channels 70 and 71) to give Pre-K and K students access to 3.5 hours of new learning content every day from 8 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. every day. This will include:
- 90 minutes of new lessons taught by our teachers every day. These lessons will include read-alouds and learning activities taught by ACPS teachers and administrators.
- 1 hour of exercise that can be done at home
- 1 hour of age appropriate educational shows
Channel 70 will be directed specifically at Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
Channel 71 will be directed specifically at Grades 1 and 2. (Some kindergarten students may opt to watch this channel instead.)
Content will be recorded by teachers via WeVideo in advance of broadcast. Teachers will receive a handbook with instructions about how to set up and record successfully. They will also receive a list of copyright cleared books that can be used as read-alouds during the broadcast.
Channel 70: Pre-K and K
8:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson
8:30 a.m. Exercises at home
9 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson
9:30 a.m. Age appropriate educational show
10:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson
10:30 a.m. Age appropriate educational show
11 a.m. Exercises at home
Channel 71: Grades 1 and 2
8 a.m. Exercises at home
8:30 a.m. Age appropriate educational show
9:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson
9:30 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson
10:00 a.m. ACPS Teacher taught lesson
10:30 a.m. Exercises at home
11 a.m. Age appropriate educational show
ACPS Story Hour Online is a children’s literacy website that provides free storytelling videos and resources to foster a love of reading in children. The website features an expansive library of videos of new and classic picture books read by well-known actors and actresses. Stories come to life with dynamic voice performances and animated versions of original illustrations, encouraging children to see reading as a transformative imaginative experience.
ACPS has identified read-aloud content for each grade level that has been posted on the ACPS Story Hour page of the ACPS-at-Home website for easy access. This can be found in the Learning Resources tab.
Decades of early literacy research provides convincing evidence that hearing stories read
aloud play a significant role in academic success and beyond. Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. Reading aloud provides a number of opportunities and benefits for children from strengthening their vocabulary to increasing their attention span. It is an indispensable first step in reaching and teaching students. Being read to puts students in the frame of mind for learning and increases literacy achievement. It helps students learn how to use language to make sense of the world. It improves their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension.
ONE TO WATCH! May 1-2 is The Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual celebration of authors, books, and readers that brings the book festival experience to everyone! The book festival will open its virtual doors and unveil two free full days of live and pre-recorded sessions with your favorite picture book, middle grade, and young adult authors.
In an effort to continue to engage the community in continuous communication, ACPS is offing families and caregivers the opportunity to share their experiences while engaging in distance learning. To accomplish this, we have launched Learning Together: At- Home Learning Tips from One ACPS Family to Another. This video series will allow parents and caregivers to see how other families are learning throughout the school building closure. Everything from creating a learning space, to creative projects, to highlighting student work can be seen, and we will continue to grow our library as more families submit videos. ACPS will be posting parent and staff videos of your suggestions and ideas on our ACPS Facebook page and on the ACPS-at-Home website. We know staff and parents have incredible ideas and we want to be able to share these ideas with our entire community. We have created a VOICES audio where one family with three boys shares details about the new schedule they have set up - and what it has taken to make learning work from home - by way of an example. Parents and staff can share ideas with us on the ACPS Facebook page or upload them to our form.