Lower School Remote Learning
Dear Lower School Families,
As we continue with KingIsHome, our remote learning program, we are adding specialist classes through Zoom meetings, as well as looking ahead to our Lower School Assembly on April 17. We are building out our program through the addition of Google Classroom in Grades 3 and 4.
We encourage families to continue to access the MyKing portal regularly for activities, resources, and materials. Thank you all for your continued care, consideration, and partnership. It’s our King commitment to stay very close through our remote learning work, reassuring children and being connected in new ways!
Head of Lower School
PreKindergarten-Grade 2 will continue to access weekly updates and content for learning. Classroom teachers will share links for class meetings through Zoom, as well as reaching out directly to students and families for individual connections and support.
In Grades 3-5, we will use Google Classroom for our academic work. Grade 5 teachers have already begun using Google Classroom; Grade 3 and Grade 4 will be brought into the Google Classroom work on April 13.
Every morning, there will be opportunities for children to connect with Specialist teachers. We have shared schedules for each grade level and parents should direct any questions regarding specific class meetings to their child’s teacher. We will continue to build a balanced approach to our remote learning program through both synchronous and asynchronous classes.
When talking about remote learning, two important words to know are:
- Asynchronous: Everyone is able to access the assignments, but can work at their own pace, in the order that they’d like. Checklist is an example of an asynchronous organizational structure.
- Synchronous: Everyone is doing the same thing, at the same time. In SYNC. Morning meeting is a synchronous structure because it happens at one time, all together.
Read Amy Vorenberg's recent email on the KingIsHome Lower School program.
We are providing both asynchronous and synchronous activities. We are using a range of programs to support these kinds of learning opportunities, sharing links for class meetings or larger gatherings via Zoom. There are a number of programs that students are using, including Dreambox, RazKids, Keyboarding without Tears, One More Story, and Tynker. Classroom teachers are pushing content through these applications, as well as providing additional assignments following our curriculum. Specialist teachers are also sharing assignments through the MyKing portal.
The MyKing site has been greatly expanded with additional resource pages, including resources and Wordles on the Lower School community page, Social/Emotional Learning, Oodles of Words, and Crazy for Numbers plus more activities and supports. Parents have access to these pages to find options for additional learning and we will continue to expand the content in MyKing and will use this forum to stay connected. We will also provide more information and share video trainings to demonstrate how to find these resources.
As a community, we will continue to communicate about the different events that have prominent places in our calendar. Our parent/teacher conferences will occur in mid-April through an online meeting platform. We are excited to hold our virtual Lower School Assembly. We will continue to look for ways to help families learn through this experience as much as students, and we plan to offer opportunities for adults to come together in casual virtual settings to connect, to see one another, and to feel the support of this strong community.
Parents will continue to receive regular communication from classroom teachers, Heather Wagner, and Amy Vorenberg. We are committed to partnering with families every step of the way to ensure that we’re supporting our children.