Getting the Most from Virtual Learning

posted 1/8/21 -- Why is my preschoolers virtual learning so important?

The first five years of your child’s life are the most important. During this time, 90% of your child’s brain is developed. Keep this momentum going by adding the Head Start virtual learning services to your daily routine.

Why is parent involvement important in virtual learning?

Families and teachers both have information to exchange that will benefit their child’s learning. This is why ongoing communication with your child’s teacher is crucial. These check-ins (Zoom, phone calls, messages in ClassTag, video comments, etc.) allow teachers to monitor progress, collect required data and discuss any additional support that the family or child may need.

We encourage families to comment on videos, post children’s work, and share what you are working on at home as we are still mandated to measure your child’s progress.

I’m not a teacher, I’m a parent. What should I be doing with my child at home?

You may not realize it, but parents are teachers too. In fact, you are your child’s first and most important teacher and have many materials at your disposal for learning at home.

Remember, learning occurs throughout our everyday routines. Talk about shapes or the different signs while driving, count items, assign little chores to do around the house, encourage your child to dress themselves and brush teeth. All of these are things we do in school as well.

How will Head Start virtual services be delivered?

All families have access to ClassTag. This is the platform where teachers will post Heggerty phonological awareness videos, read-alouds, activities, and program enhancement links for music, tae kwon do, and Viva Spanish. These videos are accessible at any time to meet the needs of your family.

Some classrooms might do a small group Zoom class so students can still see and interact with their peers.Families also have access to Ready Rosie, which equips parents of children ages birth to 3rd grade with the tools they need to turn everyday activities into learning opportunities.

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