Preschool News

Dear Preschool Academy Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to navigate through this historical time. I can’t say that I’m sad to see the rain, snow and cold that April brought behind us. The nice weather forecasted for this weekend makes me hopeful that warm sunny days are just around the corner.

This week the Massachusetts Department of Education sent out additional guidance on remote learning.  It builds on their initial guidance released on March 26 with a deeper focus on two areas:

  • Including a focus on teaching the content standards most critical for student success in the next grade level, and
  • Encouraging districts to move all students towards successful engagement in remote learning.

The good news is that most of what we were doing aligns with the new guidelines and only a couple of modifications were needed at the preschool level.

 

The preschool has already been using daily Facebook and YouTube post to provide math, science, literacy and social emotional lessons. You may have already taken advantage of the weekly classroom Zooms your teacher introduced to help children stay connected with their peers.

 

Teachers will continue to utilize Facebook, YouTube and Zoom to support the learning of new material.  We would like to see all students join their class on Zoom; however, we understand that might not always be possible.  Your child’s teacher will continue to check in with you and please share with her how we can continue to help you and your family. 

 

In my last letter I referenced the historical significance of these times and that historians would look back at the lengths people took to keep socially engaged while keeping socially distanced.  I also think historians are going to look back at the lengths teacher went to keep learning alive and moving forward during these unprecedented times.  The passion and love of teaching comes through in every post and in every zoom the preschool teacher’s host. I’m so very proud of this preschool team and although virtual learning is not ideal the teachers and therapist are doing an extraordinary job.  

Be well and remember this too will end

Tricia Collins

 

 





Preschool Academy Remote Learning Plan

The Whitman-Hanson Preschool Academy is "Keeping Learning Alive" through our facebook page.  Please log in to facebook and search for our group Whitman-Hanson Preschool Academy.  We will be posting daily updates.

The preschool team appreciated all the feedback we received on the parent survey last week. With that information in mind, the preschool team began working on creating another platform to share our remote learning videos to families that have chosen not to access Facebook. You now have access to the Whitman-Hanson Preschool Academy unlisted YouTube channel. This channel will be updated daily with the latest videos, however, it can only be accessed through the links below. With these specific links you can access the content freely and frequently! 
 
Each playlist has its own link. Please save this email or bookmark the links to ensure you have access each day! Content has already begun appearing! 
 
 
Mindfulness & Read Alouds
 
Music & Movement 
 
Math Activities
 
Motor Activities
 
Sensory & Science Activities
 
Literacy Activities
 
Social-Emotional Resources 
 
Games
 
Speech & Language Videos 
 
To those families on Facebook, please continue to enjoy the videos, make comments and hit the like button! Facebook continues to be our preferred platform because it allows us to provide positive reinforcement to your children! Plus we love to see the pictures!
 
A helpful tip:  If our videos do not load for your Chrome or Firefox browser, I suggest trying out Internet Explore



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