Early Childhood Learning Guidelines

  • The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be Seesaw and
  • Continuous learning for Early Childhood students will remain holistically focused on broad language, cognitive, physical and social-emotional development, and may be conducted in English or the family’s home language.
  • Learning activities and experiences will emphasize interaction and creativity. These activities will require minimal technology or specialized materials.
  • The Early Childhood team will provide parents with:
    • recommended activities and experiences targeted at certain skills;
    • art and creative design ideas intended to provide children opportunities to
    • process their experiences while developing cognitive, language and fine motor skills; and
    • suggested enhancements to daily experiences to support holistic development.

Early Childhood
The Continuous Learning Plan in Preschool will include a list of home learning activities, engagements or invitations parents can facilitate for their children.

Learning Experience: At the beginning of each week, Teachers will post a video to welcome their students and parents to the upcoming continuous learning experience and will briefly explain the choice board for the week.
Preschool students and their families will participate in literacy, math and optional activities from Art, Music, PE and/or Library each day.

Learning Timeframe: Students are encouraged to engage in Continuous Learning in the designed and described to take place within approximately thirty minutes, with the understanding that activities that take place throughout the day are extensions of this thirty
minutes(e.g., reading aloud, pretend play, investigations, writing, drawing). It is important to
keep in mind that the quality of this experience is most closely associated with how deeply the
child is connecting to the experience. This level of engagement need not take a lot of time; it does, however, take care and intent.

Learning Specifics: This purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the experience. More specific details will be shared by Principals and District Leadership.
Early Childhood

  • Daily Learning Time: 30 minutes of direct instruction
  • Daily Learning time can include:
  • 5-minute increments
    • hands-on activities between instruction
    • imaginative play
    • creative arts
    • music and movement
    • outdoor exploration
    • Exercise
    • fine/gross motor activities

Sample Schedule

  • 5 minutes: Daily Routines/Traditions (review daily schedule, engage in connection activities, review the calendar/date, etc. teachers can provide ideas that overlap with familiar school routines)
  • 5 minutes: Story Time (video from the teacher or read to by caregiver)
  • 5 minutes: Brain Break (music and movement ideas provided by teacher)
  • 5 minutes: Introduce new content (video from the teacher or instructed by the caregiver)
  • 10 minutes: Hands On activity related to content or story (activities provided by teacher)

Extra Suggestions for Extending Learning

  • 30-60 minutes of outdoor play
  • 10-20 minutes of reading with family (books of their choice)
  • 90+ minutes of imaginative play

Links to Resources and Ideas
Early Childhood Learning Resources

Grading and Participation Feedback

Work completed during this mandated statewide school closure shall not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing.

Early Childhood-8th Grade: Grades will not be taken for the remainder of the year. 3rd quarter grades will be the final grades students receive. Elementary students participating in online learning will receive online feedback about their progress on submitted work. Middle school students who have earned an F for the 3rd quarter will be able to pass the class by sufficiently completing either make-up assignments or showing growth to the level of achievement in the 4th quarter. EC-8th grade learning packets will not be turned in for grading. Teachers should check-in regularly with students who are completing packets to ensure they receive necessary support when they struggle.