E-Learning Day (02/18/2019)
***PLEASE NOTE: There are TWO (2) important sections for you and your child to view--Accommodations AND the Teacher Webpage links for grades K-4. They will be found below.
Section 1: ACCOMMODATIONS to help your child with their eLearning assignments.
***Accommodations help students learn the same material and to meet the same expectations as their classmates.
***Modifications are changes to the curriculum.
Please keep in mind, you know your child the best so you have the choice to try anything or all that is listed or to do something else you have already tried or have heard about. Whatever you chose to do, make it as relevant to your child as possible. The more relevant it is to your child the more enjoyable this experience will be for him/her. ***If you have any questions, however, please contact me through Class Dojo or my school email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be more than happy to consult with you.
1. Read directions in small distinct steps then have your child repeat the directions for understanding.
2. Break up the amount of work your child does at one time to minimize frustration/overload. (e.g. 5 math problems instead of all 10 at one time).
3. Give choices as to what to do first (e.g. Do you want to do math or reading first?).
4. Follow a work-break-work schedule. The amount of time earmarked for the assignment will determine how much stamina is required before the break (e.g. If an assignment will take 30 minutes then have your child work in 10 minute increments before a 2-3 minute break.) **If your child needs more time away from the task because it is just too overwhelming then he/she can go on to another activity or task (e.g. if doing math, then maybe he/she could try reading for awhile OR you can give them a play break), but I would not have the extended break for longer than 10 minutes.
5. If working on spelling words, have him/her practice using:
b. Bouncing a ball while saying each letter
c. Shaving cream
d. Jump rope while saying each letter
e. Rainbow write--tracing over the word with a different color each time (up to 5 should be enough).
6. Use manipulatives to help with counting (any small object should do--uncooked pasta, buttons, pennies).
7. Read the text/story to your child first then re-read together before answering any questions.
8. Work in an area that is comfortable, but free of distractions.
9. Tap out letter sounds using fingers on the table, clapping hands, or using colored squares to help your child visualize the change in the letter sound.
10. If your child has a difficult time typing or putting thoughts to paper, your child can dictate what he/she wants to say, but you will have to fight the urge to make it "perfect" before submitting. We are all tempted to help make the work the best it can be, but it has to be as much from the student as possible. If you do assist your child in this way, please indicate that he/she had the assignment scribed.
11. Set a timer so your child has an idea as to how much time they have to work or to take a mini break.
12. Allow your child to stand, lay down on the floor, sit on a stool/in a comfy chair or move around during the assignment as brains are unique and require different modes of input to allow for the retention of the information, as long as they are attuned to the work and not using it for avoidance.
13. Rephrase questions using their own name or using something that is special to them to make it have a real-world application.
But, most of all...CELEBRATE your child's effort!!!! Make up a special cheer or a special way to add a little fun to the eLearning process.
Section 2: TEACHER WEBSITE LINKS