• Kindergarten through Grade 2 

     Plan for the Continuity of Learning

K-2
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    Parent and Family Tips: Succeeding Together

    Adults play a significant role in students’ learning. Explore learning sites with children, ask them questions about what they are learning, and engage in conversations about what they are reading or watching on TV. Studies show that children learn more when they talk about what they are learning.

    Distance learning is NOT meant to be a replication of the traditional school day. We do not expect parents to be full-time teachers or school experts. In ACPS, our students regularly interact with other students and many adults during the day for conversation and group work. Some of these learning experiences will happen differently online, and others simply cannot -- and that is ok. The goal is to provide an opportunity for children to develop skills in a flexible way that enables them to get educational benefits during this time. 

    • Try to stay updated on communications from your child’s teacher and school.
    • Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers or school Administrators if you have any questions or concerns. 

     

    Parent Suggestions K-2

    • Familiarize yourself with your child’s learning materials.
    • Develop a routine and discuss the schedule for learning time with your child.
    • Routines help children know what to expect each day and can improve their learning.
    • Divide the schedule into small chunks of time to make it easier for young children to focus and be sure to include frequent breaks!
    • Make sure that the schedule includes time for eating, schoolwork, playtime, quiet/nap time, and movement/"brain breaks".
    • Consider having your child help you decorate or illustrate the schedule.
    • Be sure to discuss anticipated changes to the schedule with your child in advance.
    • Create a quiet, well-lit workspace for your child to do work. There should be enough space to write, color, or use their computer or tablet.
    • Gather all your child’s learning materials, supplies, and technology and keep them in one place where your child knows how to access them.
    • If it works for your family’s schedule, try to get learning started early in the day.
    • Ensure your child eats a healthy breakfast before getting started in the morning.
    • Help them begin the day’s learning, and to get each new task started.
    • Reach out to your child’s teachers when they (or you!) need help!
    • Look for new experiences that help children learn. There are many ways to learn through experiences like cooking, exploring changes in nature during walks, and even planting a window sill garden.
    • Give encouragement and celebrate your child’s achievements and efforts. Give positive feedback about how they are handling their learning.

     

    Student Tips K-2

    • Do your best work each day; it will help you when we return to regular school.  
    • Try to avoid getting distracted.
    • Put away toys and games that might distract you from completing your work.
    • Ask the person taking care of you to turn off or lower the volume of noises nearby. 
    • Eat breakfast or have a snack and use the bathroom before you start working.

     

    Sample Schedules for Student Success

    A schedule is a really good idea to set a student up for learning success.

    ACPS is providing families sample schedules that could be used with their students from April 14, 2020, through June 19, 2020.

    • These sample schedules offer families a way to provide structures for student learning.
    • These schedules outline how students can interact with a teacher(s) or learning packet. Teachers will hold online office hours daily (via Zoom, ACPS-email, Canvas) to provide students support, feedback, and ongoing contact. Staying connected to students is critically important in an online learning environment. 

    Elementary sample schedules outline one to two hours for both virtual teacher-direct instruction and independent student or student choice activities.

     

    Learning Packets and Instructional Kits

    In an effort to supplement learning for our youngest learners during the closure, an alternate paper package will be prepared and distributed to engage them in their learning actively.

    These packets will include at-home learning activities for math, reading, science, and social studies. The materials provide opportunities for students to practice and apply key academic skills. They can also help meet students’ needs for movement, self-expression, creativity, civic engagement, and language development.

    The packets and kits are designed to be done at home independently or with some support from parents, guardians, or family members to continue learning while we are away from school.

    K-2 teachers should consider the priority standards as they plan for additional learning opportunities for their students.  

     

    Learning Through the TV

    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.

     

    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

    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.

     

    Learning Together: At Home Tips From One ACPS Family to Another

    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.

     

    Digital Learning Supports and Resources

    In line with the 2018-2023 Technology Plan, technology supports and resources are available for staff and families in the following areas.  

    Learning Environment 

    Provide access to tools for student-centered, technology-rich learning environments that provide for academic excellence and educational equity by encouraging creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship.  

    The ACPS-at-Home website has a Chromebook Help and Online Learning Hub where staff and students can go to get questions answered in a Frequently Asked Questions section and resolve any technology on online learning issues they may be having.

     

    Grading*

    Third Quarter Progress Report Grades: Student progress reports will be based on work completed on or before March 13. In addition to being available through student and parent/guardian PowerSchool, we anticipate mailing third quarter progress reports in early May.

    Fourth Quarter Progress Report Grades: Following the new VDOE guidelines, students will not be formally assessed on standards taught during the fourth quarter. Therefore each standard on the fourth quarter progress report would be designated as either “Introduced but Not Assessed” (INA) or “Not Taught” (NT). 

    Details about the academic calendar and grading can be found in the Learning Resources section on the ACPS-at-Home website.

     *Pending School Board Approval