Remote learning days occur when meeting in an outdoor classroom setting is prohibited by inclement weather, health or safety concerns. We are pleased that in our first semester, remote learning days were limited to a total of 7. We expect online learning will continue to be the exception and not the norm for the 2021-2022 school year due to our outdoor learning environment and small class sizes.
On remote learning or virtual days, our first grade and kindergarten teachers provide a virtual classroom in which the students meet together for a live main lesson (first/seconds grades), and songs and verse (kindergarten). Students start these virtual learning days in keeping with the routines they are familiar with as have been established at school. A structure for the day is provided to parents including schedule for main lesson times, form drawing, and other live activities. Breaks for snack and a recorded story are also provided. Time spent on a computer screen are limited and are interactive experiences between student, teacher and classmates. The remainder of the day consists of suggested enrichment activities including free drawing, modeling, movement, finger knitting, and more as suggested by the teacher to be completed at home.
Scheduled activities typically last until noon, when students are free to enjoy the remainder of the day home with their families.
Enrichment activities on these days consist of things students can do semi- independently, with the goal being the experience and practice rather than assignments required to be turned in.