As we have all been eagerly anticipating, we know now that the Governor has left it to each district to decide what going back to school will look like. Each of our districts will be making their plan and sharing it with the communities. As always, we have wanted to meet the needs of the community as best as we can, and with this change in the elementary school system, we are adapting one of our classrooms so that we can partner with parents as they need to still work but also need their child to be in a safe and supervised environment during distance learning.
We are providing hybrid learning at Big Lake, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Lexington, Prior Lake, and St Paul (Crocus Hill).
We are offering a school-age program where a staff member who is teacher-qualified will maintain a predictable and consistent schedule throughout the day. It will be filled with activities that keep your child active as well as engaged in the required distance learning. There will be small group time as well as time where our teacher can work with each child to ensure he/she is participating in online learning. This program will include breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack, as well as outside time. We ask that each child brings his/her own technology (generally provided by the district) and headphones.
Our main goal is to provide a place that is safe for elementary kids to also be learning and engaged. We know this is a huge stressor for parents and their school-age kids, and we are here to be a blessing.
The following is a flexible guideline to how your child will spend his/her day. Because the e-learning and hybrid model is new, this is an anticipation of the scheduled daily activities. **e-learning times subject to change. We will follow required times set from the teacher.
Open to 8:30 a.m. Arrival: Children participate in child-initiated activities and eat breakfast. Breakfast is served from 8:00-8:30. As children finish breakfast, they can visit learning centers or participate in individual or small-group activities until most children have arrived or are finished eating.
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Group Time: Teacher brings the group together for morning routines, calendar, sharing, featured activity, literacy-building, and discussion of the day’s activities.
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. e-Learning: Children log on to their class platform to participate in school-district teacher-led curriculum. NC staff is here to support, encourage and assist with this portion of the day.
11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Snack
11:20 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Outside play time and group games
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Independent reading
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. e-learning provided by school district
3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. Snack
3:50 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Homework time. If no homework, children choose from activities in the creative arts, dramatic play, writing, library, blocks, manipulatives, math, science and sensory learning centers.
4:30 p.m. to Close. Large group games/outside time