LEARNING FROM HOME
In this unprecedented event around COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) Calvary Christian Early Learning Centre Educators have put together some guidelines for 'Learning From Home' plans to ensure as much as possible the continuity of learning for our Kindergarten children. Learning from Home at Calvary ELC will be developed by our Educational Leader and Kindergarten teacher on a regular basis, providing opportunities to particularly continue their growth in literacy and numeracy.
If you child is enrolled in Kindergarten (four-year-old group) at Calvary ELC and currently staying at home, please register for the Calvary ELC Learning From Home Kindergarten Program by clicking the button below. Please provide your child's full name in the correspondence.
This program is for our Kindergarten group only (four-year-old group).
ADVICE TO PARENTS
In this time of world confusion, our goal at Calvary ELC is to provide a consistent and comprehensive plan for all our Calvary community to embrace learning from home. Below are some tips to help you, as the primary educator at home, not just survive but to thrive in learning.
In an environment of ‘unknown’ routine is very important for us all, not just our children.
We want to encourage you with these three Learning from Home facts….
You will NOT ruin your child’s education – by following a plan given to you by your child’s teacher and taking every opportunity to engage WITH your children developing life skills they can learn from and with you as their primary educator at home. This gives you the opportunity to teach cooking, construction,– good hygiene, how to make your bed, sewing, creating a hobby – so many things that will bring positive learning results. You can totally do this!
Schooling at home does not look the same as it does in a classroom – there is a big difference between 22 children in a classroom and 1-3 (or more) at home. Don’t be tempted to make your Learning at Home routine look the same as the classroom routines. It will work better to rely on the strength and informality of home. Focus on putting relationships first, instead of completing tasks – you will find things flow much easier.
Learning from Home does not take as long as at school! – much of the time in traditional classrooms is spent managing logistics. When you may well be juggling your own work from home schedule – remember that a few hours of quality learning for your children will be extremely valuable.
Tears and worries. Overwhelm and concern. These words may characterise how we are all feeling right now.
Imagine your family ten years from now, looking back on this time. What will you want to remember most?
How does this sound:
Read-alouds on the lounge, baking and cooking, dealing with squabbles and bad attitudes (this is real life, after all), chores, Lego villages, discussions around the table, documentaries and movies, time spent outdoors, board games, ice cream and audiobooks, online learning and podcasts. In other words, HOME.
In the midst of so much uncertainty, let’s do our best to enjoy this unexpected gift of time with our children. I hope this helps guide your way just a little!
Facilitating your child’s learning at home can be immensely rewarding. Here are a few tips on how to create a learning friendly space:
The importance of play - young children learn best through play. We can provide opportunities of learning through their normal play and daily routines for e.g. counting the fruit in the fruit bowl, counting the cars in the toys box, sorting colours, and shapes, identifying letters and words in the environment when going for a walk.
Try to create a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing activities under normal circumstances.
Routines are an important part of our Early Childhood Learning. They provide a sense of order and help children navigate through the day being able to finish activities and transition to another, knowing what’s next etc.
Exercise - Count to 100 everyday - click here for a clip.
Learning Time - Look on Qkeylm and find out what the children attending Kindergarten are learning e.g. What is the letter of the week etc.
Morning Tea - Learning to sit, chatting about what they have done, saying grace, manners - check out Qkeylm for some great ideas.
Play Time - Toys already at home – if you spend time playing with your child, you can turn the play into teaching moments, playdough (click here for recipe), box construction (use empty boxes to create things), playing shops (learn about buying and selling).
Lunch - Learning to sit, chatting about what they have done, saying grace, manners etc.
Quiet Activity Time - Looking at books, drawing a picture about the day, have a rest (parents too).
Afternoon Tea - Learning to sit, chatting about what they have done, saying grace, manners etc.
Outdoor Time - Go outside and run around – obstacle course, ride bikes, climb a tree - check out Qkeylm for some great ideas.
Being confined to home for an extended period of time can cause stress and conflict. Tips for looking after your children and yourself during isolation include:
Talking to your whole family about what is happening. Understanding the situation will reduce their anxiety.
Help your children to think about how they have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure them that they will cope with this situation too. Remind them that the isolation won't last for long.
Exercise regularly. Options could include exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment, such as a stationary bicycle, if you have it. Exercise is a proven treatment for stress and depression.
Encourage your children to keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media (where appropriate).
Visit the 'Your Mental Wellbeing' website for great ideas and activities to care for your mental wellbeing using the six building blocks for a healthy mental wellbeing:
1. Get healthy 2. Keep learning 3. Show kindness 4. Connect more 5. Take notice 6. Embrace nature
If you are concerned about your child’s wellbeing, support is also available through a number of Queensland Government agencies and community organisations.
Parents and carers can:
Call 13Health (13 43 25 84) at any time for practical medical advice and assistance;
Visit the Queensland Health’s Coronavirus webpage for the latest information and advice;
Visit Headspace’s dedicated webpage about coping with stress related to Coronavirus, or contact Headspace for professional support;
Contact Lifeline Australia’s telephone counselling service on 13 11 14 for information, referral and advice;
Obtain help and information from the local General Practitioner or Community Health Centre.
This situation is new for Calvary and for most of you, our families. We will continue to engage in a cycle of continuous improvement and refinement based on feedback and the state and national situation as it unfolds.
The first port of call will be our Educational Leader or Kindergarten teacher via email. If you have any curriculum or learning activity questions please email them directly:
Educational Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten Teacher: email@example.com
In this unusual situation, the processes of contacting the Centre remain the same.
WISDOM WITH DIGITAL LEARNING
Please note our Calvary Christian Early Learning Centre Policies:
With all our students accessing learning more and more through the online platforms it is vital that we begin and maintain a conversation with our children, as is age relevant, around online safety. Below are a number of links to some valuable resources that can inform and assist parents/carers and students be wise and feel safe when using online programs and learning tools.
Visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/ for a comprehensive guide to all things related to the use of digital and online tools. This site accesses many activities for all ages and all genders and can be a wonder tool for use by parents/carers as you navigate the online world.
Visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents for specific advice for parents/carers regarding the big issues facing young people at all ages including the issue of cyberbullying
Visit https://www.esafety.gov.au/educators/classroom-resources to access a wide variety of activities you can do with your child/ren. These can be filtered by age and topic to make it easier to determine what you might like to address with your child.
It is important that during this period of remote learning that we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies. This includes appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection, respectful communication and how to deal with online issues.
TEACHING & LEARNING - ECEC RESOURCES
The Department of Education have developed the earlylearning@home web page to support age appropriate at home learning opportunities. Resources will be added and updated regularly.
ABC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
The ABC has announced increased provision for educational programming. The relevant statement from the ABC can be found here. The additional ABC material will commence from 14th April.
Emerging Minds have resources for educators and professionals to identify, assess and support children at risk of mental health conditions. Through their website you can access free training, practice guides, webinars, tools, information and news.
Activities for Children at Home
Storytimes: many libraries are streaming storytime sessions on their Facebook pages. Contact your local library to see what they’re doing.
Children can listen to stories and read aloud from Storybox Library.
ABC Kids: find games, stories and activities for preschool children at ABC Kids.
Kidsnews: select age appropriate news items from Kidsnews.
Reading Eggs: learn to read activities.
Mathletics: online maths education for children.
National Geographic: games and resources.
Leap Frog: resources, apps and ideas for young children.
Think of creative ways you can interact with children while they’re at home using Facebook Live and Zoom etc.