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    DD the Kindergarten teacher also teaches 3rd grade. As is true of the rest of the country, our schools have been closed for the past three weeks; happily, because we are a small, church-run school with multi-level classes, our students are taught both by on-site teachers and via DVD from the company that publishes the curriculum we use. The benefit is that each student has the ability to log in to the curriculum company's website and still view the videos from home, so they are mostly able to keep up with their work. Meanwhile, for both Kindergarten and 3rd grade, DD has set up Zoom meetings with the children. It's been interesting, to say the least. Here's her latest report:

    During my morning Zoom reading class with my 3rd graders, we were reviewing the Easter story. They all started changing their screen names repeatedly while they took turns reading aloud.

    Some winners were:
    •none of your business
    •John Cena

    Hope you're all staying safe and healthy, and that you've had a wonderful Passover.
    ~ Sally \0/

    Cute. Out of the mouths of babes.

    Our schools closed the day following the announcement of pandemic by WHO. Luckily it was the start of March break and extended for 2 weeks. Closures have now been extended to end of school year. Children have been getting lessons prepared by teachers, and parents are now the teachers. Luckily my daughter's kids are younger, grade 1, pre-k and daycare. The middle child is sitting in on grade 1 classes, and youngest is sitting in. He may pick up something. Thankfully, he has always been a serious 3yr old, a thinker.

    Daughter in law is high school teacher but doing lesson plans with the girls, grade 1 & 2. A new world. At same time, posting her lessons for her students.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.


      My daughter is in HS they started online Monday....while I was working I heard her Chinese class...dual credit. Was interesting to hear my daughter speak Chinese. I've never been able to get accents right to learn another language. She's the only non Chinese in the class I was proud she actually sounded great!


        So cute. I think that children enjoyed such education. But unfortunately my oldest daughter didn't like the distance learning at all. It is so difficult for me to take a big part in her education process. Distance learning for me means that I need to sit down near my daughter and to learn new lesson too, to take attention how she listening and write the exercises. I also very often must to help her with homework. And since I personally didn't study well at school, it is sometimes very difficult for me. For this purpose I found a platform that offers the assistance with homework, help with essays and online classes. I think that it is nothing wrong with such services if it can help my daughter.
        Last edited by DominicWhite; August 25, 2020, 04:06 PM.


        • SallyO'Sews
          SallyO'Sews commented
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          I'm convinced that distance learning is not the best idea for elementary aged children. One study I heard about concluded that up to 30% of Connecticut students never even logged on to their distance-learning classes, even though the state had given a computer to every student. As you noted, the parent generally must monitor the child to make sure s/he is staying on task, just as the teacher does in the classroom.

        Goodness, i like the None of your Business kid!! brave heart.