Rachel's Update 4-1-2020

posted Apr 1, 2020, 9:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Lower El Ridgeline Distance Learning

Week 1

 

Welcome!

Welcome back!  This week is all about getting reconnected, troubleshooting technology and establishing new routines.  We will be starting off nice and slow and gradually building our program as we all adjust to our new situation.

 

Online Activities

 

Getting Ready to Zoom

Our class will be having an online morning meeting weekday mornings at 10:00 am, starting Wednesday.  At this time, due to privacy issues, we will not be recording these meetings.  

 

To get us all started, Jacob and I will be hosting a zoom meeting on Tuesday at 7:00-8:00 pm.  This is an office-hour style, drop in meeting - join and leave at any time.  This will be your chance to familiarize yourself with how to join a zoom meeting and learn about the features your child will be using.  Once you’re in, say hello, ask questions, and reconnect!  If you have difficulty accessing the meetings, email Jacob at jacob.searl@ridgeline.org.   Include your phone number in your email, and Jacob or I will give you a call to walk you through it.

 

Zoom invitations go out over email.  I will send out an email invitation to our meetings each morning.  Click on the link in the email at the designated time to join the meeting.  You do not have to create a zoom account in order to join, and you can join through your browser.  Downloading the free zoom app can make the experience go more smoothly but it’s not required.

 

Offline Activities

 

First Week Work

For simplicity’s sake, we are starting out with a work plan that has been filled in with a few assignments.  In Montessori style, more customization and choice will be phased in over time.  We’ve also included a suggested work plan, but please feel free to adjust it to meet your family’s needs.  The work plan format should be pretty familiar to your child.  In the classroom, Jacob and I checked off finished works on the work plan - this method might work for you, too.

 

Please don’t feel that academics need to fill your child’s day.  One to two hours is a reasonable goal to start out with, and if you’re not there yet, that’s fine too.  We have plenty of time to find a routine and a set of expectations that will work for your child and your circumstances.

 

I am not collecting, evaluating or grading assignments.  That said, I do love seeing any and all work that your child wants to share, and I’m happy to provide encouragement and appreciation.  Work can be sent to jacob.searl@ridgeline.com or rachel.quinn@ridgeline.com for review and sharing.

 

Starting Wednesday, Jacob and I will have a daily office hour from 11:00 to 12:00.  During this hour we will be available via zoom, phone, or email to answer questions (from kids or families), give feedback, and help in any way.  I will also be checking my email periodically to help as needed, with the goal of offering prompt help within the workday. 

 

Preparing the Environment (workspace)

The first activity in our daily schedule is preparing the environment.  Help your child carve out a space to work that is quiet and organized while they are working.  Your child should turn off all distractions and choose a space where they can be comfortable and access all the materials they need.  I recommend using just one or two notebooks or binders for written work.  A single notebook can be filled from the front for language and flipped over and filled from the back for math.  If you don’t have a notebook lying around, just improvise and do your best. 

 

Writing Levels

Here are some types of writing that I encounter in a mixed age classroom.  Make a best guess approximation of where your child might fall, and keep in mind that the levels for assignments do not necessarily correspond to grade level.  If in doubt, let your child choose what feels doable right now, and we can build from there. 

 

Level 1: Kids at this level can write several sentences.  Children at this stage might add a labeled illustration or write a list.  The focus is on capital letters and periods.  There’s no need to insist on perfect spelling.

 

Level 2: Kids at this stage can write a paragraph. Paragraphs have three parts:

      Topic sentence (I am going to tell you about… Have you ever wondered about…)

      At least 3 sentences with facts, details, definitions or examples

      Conclusion sentence (Now you know about…  That is why… )

 

Level 3: These are experienced paragraph writers.  They can write or type a few paragraphs. Their writing should include detailed information, definitions, and examples. Students at this level may eventually develop their pieces to include a stand-alone introductory paragraph and a short conclusion or concluding sentence. 


Rachel Quinn

Lower Elementary Teacher

Ridgeline Public Charter Montessori



Ridgeline Lower El Room 3 Week 1

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Prepare the environment (workspace)

Prepare the environment (workspace)

Prepare the environment (workspace)

10:00 Zoom intro – 3rd Grade students by invitation

9:30 Zoom intro – 2nd Grade students by invitation

10:30 Zoom intro – 1st Grade students by invitation

10:00 am zoom meeting with everyone!

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Think of something you know a lot about.  Write all about it to teach someone what you know. 

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

What are you grateful for?  Make a list.  Then, write about a few of the things you are most grateful for.

 

Language Arts:

 

Read for at least 20 minutes

 

Make a drawing of a strange invention.  Write about what it does.  If you want, you can share your drawing at our next zoom meeting!

Math:

You are looking out the window and you see 15 legs.  Draw a picture of what you see. 

 

Math:

Level 1:  Make an estimation contest for your family.  Fill a glass or jar (smaller = easier) with dried beans or another countable item.  Have your family record their estimates.  Now count the beans in the jar and announce the winner!

 

Level 2:

Calculate the difference between each family member’s estimate and the real number.

Math:

Level 1: Go on a shape hunt in your house and make a list of the cubes you find. 

 

Level 2: Choose something rectangular in your house and measure its length and width.  What is its perimeter (the distance around)?  Bonus: Can you calculate its perimeter by measuring only two sides?

Cultural:

Your choice of activity

OR

Go outside!  Make a list of all plants, animals and nonliving things you see.  How many things can you name?

 

Cultural:

Your choice of activity

OR

Create an image from outdoor objects (grass, leaves, rocks, sticks…).

Cultural:

Your choice of activity

OR

Put on a weather report as if you are a meteorologist.  You can report the real weather or make up your own report.

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace

Clean up your workspace


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Cynthia Friedman,
Apr 1, 2020, 9:18 AM
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