Nursery Distance Learning Plan
Although schools are closed in New York, school is still in session! Here at Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy, learning will continue online, using Class Dojo! Please know that I am here for your children, and that Ms. Nilsa and I are sending our warm wishes their way during this difficult time.
Each day, please help your child sign in to Class Dojo to receive a daily message, then respond to the message to have attendance taken; the children who respond to the message will be marked present for the day. You will then find daily activities in literacy, math, social studies, science, and art to keep skills sharp and continue learning. Each day’s posted lessons will reflect the daily routine in our Nursery classroom, beginning with prayer, and including story time, literacy and math center work, and art responses. Please, if possible, prepare your child’s work area with white paper (copy paper), crayons, markers, watercolor, glue, scissors, clay, and other art/writing materials. You may also consider keeping clean recyclables for art projects. Your child’s work and any photos of activities should be uploaded onto your child’s portfolio on Class Dojo. Drawings and dictation should be kept in a folder to present as a work portfolio when school re-opens. The daily message will be available on Class Dojo each morning at 9:00 A.M. I will be logged onto Class Dojo each day from 9-12. You may also contact me anytime via my school email: firstname.lastname@example.org . In the event that you have difficulty logging onto Class Dojo on a given day, please email me to have your child’s attendance taken, and you may access the daily assignments on the Nursery page on the school website; click on the “Distance Learning Daily Work” tab to access the daily message and activities.
Children benefit from structure. While daily life has been disrupted, try to maintain some of the daily school routines at home. Have your child begin the day as usual: get dressed at the same time each day, eat breakfast, pray together, and set time aside for learning, exercise, and social play (with you). Read books every day! Have conversations over dinner. Discuss movies and television shows you may watch together. Have your child practice some of the skills we have been working on in school. Continue to enforce positive social behaviors at home; show that you appreciate polite and helpful behavior. Remind your child to make “green” choices. Be consistent in your expectations and enforcement of rules. Have your child work responsibly with materials, and clean up toys after playtime. Encourage your child to express feelings verbally, rather than physically. Most importantly, enjoy the process of learning together. Please share activities you and your child are working on together at home.
Please remember to talk to your child, and help him/her feel calm and secure, and experience as much “normalcy” as possible. Remind your child that you are taking good care of him/her, and that our world community is working together. Two links that have suggestions in addressing children’s anxieties regarding present circumstances are: Talking to Kids About Coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/ and Mr. Rogers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyOLq6tslnU . I hope you find them helpful.
I pray that you and your family stay healthy and strong! I am looking forward to when we can all return to school and I can see you all again.
With warmest wishes,
Spectrum: Anyone who does not have internet access at home can call 855-567-9656. Let the representative know that you have been affected by the Coronavirus and school has closed. Even if you do not have an account, they will give you Internet access.